Even after the lukewarm response to Justice League, the DCU is still full steam ahead as Warner Bros. officially announced the commencement of production on Shazam!. The film is set to be the next one from the DC Film Universe after this year’s Aquaman.
With David F. Sandberg (Anabelle Creation) at the helm, production has finally started on the highly anticipated superhero film. Warner Bros. went on to release a lengthy official plot synopsis and cast list teasing a fun, family-friendly film.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews of The Walking Dead and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us) as the Wizard.
Dwayne Johnson is set to executive produce, but Black Adam won’t be making his debut here, as his first appearance in the DCU is rumored to be in Suicide Squad 2. In addition to the synopsis, WB is also describing the film as “Firmly set in the DC Universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone.” It sounds pretty spot on to me in terms of keeping it close to the comic iteration of the character.
As production officially starts, I assume we’ll be getting our first look at the titular hero sooner rather than later. In the meantime, be sure to check into SuperBroMovies for the latest news on Shazam! and the rest of the DCU.
Shazam! hits theaters April 5, 2019.