Despite the mixed reaction of the DCEU's latest film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they are well into planning their future films. There is Suicide Squad coming out later this August, Wonder Woman and Justice League coming out next year, and a plethora of solo films for characters like The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Batman, and even Shazam.
For those of you who do not know, Captain Marvel otherwise known as Shazam is a DC superhero who is really a young boy named Billy Batson. He was granted the power to wield the "Living Lightning" and turn into the champion Shazam by a wizard. Sounds like a good idea for a movie no? Well it just so happens we are slated to get one in 2019.
The DC movie is starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the villain Black Adam. So far no one has been cast in either the role of the child Billy, or the actual hero Shazam. But that doesn't mean the movie isn't well into development. In an interview with Comicbook.com, producer Hiram Garcia said:
We're a good way into development, we're expecting a next draft soon which I think is really gonna put us in the zone that we're hoping for."
In regards to what type of story we might be getting involving the title character, Garcia said it was Alex Ross' "Kingdom Come" that made him get so into the character.
There's a great opportunity between [Black Adam and Shazam]. The great thing with Shazam for me as a fan, I was always a fan of Superman and his mythology as I grew up. I remember it was Alex Ross's Kingdom Come that was the first time that ever made me look at Shazam just differently. I just knew of Shazam, you know the name, you knew the word, but I thought Alex Ross. He portrayed him and drew him in that epic kind of conflict that him and Superman ultimately had. It just made me look at Shazam in way like this is a bad motherf-cker."
Garcia in summary goes on to say that while there will be stakes what with Black Adam and all, they will not forget to inject quite a bit of fun. The reasoning for this being that this superhero is really just a child in man's body:
There's a real grounding there. That combination of youth and enthusiasm and being in new to a world and then the place that Adam's coming from. It makes for a great dynamic that not only allows us to have not only real stakes, real story, and real emotion, but a ton of fun in the process.
He also acknowledged how Marvel Studios has been able to tell grounded stories while also having a lot of fun, and that they plan to do something similar.
Lastly he promises that the future of this movie is bright, and that there is no need to worry:
"I promise you dude, we're not gonna f-ck this up! My vision is so clear for this story and this movie. As story tellers, you sometimes get on projects but this has always been a priority. I've been carrying the Black Adam torch for so many years before we finally locked it in and I'm telling you we're gonna knock this thing out of the park. It's gonna be a blast and it's gonna be a dope ride, so get ready!"
It sure is good to see such passion behind a project, so let's hope he can deliver on his promise.
Shazam! is currently scheduled for release on April 4th, 2019