Shazam!

(2019)

Shazam is an upcoming film and the eighth film in the DC Extended Unikverse about Billy Batson becoming Shazam. A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was originally considering taking the role of Captain Marvel. However, he was approached by comic books fans who explained the villain, Black Adam, to him in an attempt to persuade him to take that role instead. The combination of the fans' request and the fact that the character seemed more interesting prompted Johnson to take that role instead.

‘Shazam’: Black Adam Will Be Fueled by Righteous Anger

‘Shazam’: Black Adam Will Be Fueled by Righteous Anger

Shazam! does not yet have a director attached. Darren Lemke, who worked on Jack the Giant Slayer, Turbo and Goosebumps, is currently drafting a screenplay. While Shazam isn't cast at this time, it also isn't known if the same actor will portray Billy Batson, with effects similar to those seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, or if two actors will be taking on the role. We've got some time before we find out.

Shazam! comes to theaters April 5th, 2019.

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‘Shazam’: Dwayne Johnson Gives Lead Casting Update

‘Shazam’: Dwayne Johnson Gives Lead Casting Update

The project doesn't have a director in place yet, but Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer, Turbo) is currently writing the screenplay. What do you think about these new developments? Who do you think should play Shazam!? Let us know what you think below.

Shazam! comes to theaters April 5th, 2019.

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‘Shazam’: Will the Rock's Black Adam Join ‘Justice League’?

‘Shazam’: Will the Rock's Black Adam Join ‘Justice League’?

Dwayne Johnson is a man who constantly has something on his plate, and his schedule for 2015 and 2016 is stacked. But that doesn't mean he won't find time to join the DC Movie Universe a few years early. While we're not supposed to see the man otherwise known as The Rock on the big screen as Black Adam in Shazam! until 2019, there's a chance he might suit up before then. Speaking with IGN, he teases that he may join Justice League Part 1, which will be in theaters summer 2017. This would be two years before he is actually supposed to appear in his own movie. Though, in a later tweet, he makes the statement that he'd rather fight this iconic team of superheroes rather than join them.

During his latest interview, which he conducted while promoting his upcoming sequel Furious 7, he offers some background on Black Adam, and teases his origins as a slave. He then goes onto hint that we may see him as part of the DC Comics family sooner than expected. About whether or not there is a chance he will join the Justice League, he says:I think so, and I think you always want to leave that creatively open, that he could join the Justice League and I think... that's the fun part of creating this character right now and everybody involved, from the studio, from New Line, to Warner Bros as well, to the writer, our producing partners. You want to... you definitely want to engage in his heroic side, but that has to be earned and with the mythology of Black Adam starting off as a slave, because when you start off as a slave, just inherently, there's things in your DNA that piss you off. And that's the bottomline, so I think we have to respect and pay homage to the true mythology and then the heroic side will come down the line, but I think it's important and we all feel it's important and I believe the fans at IGN feel it's important to make sure the homage is paid at the beginning because then you have a stronger foundation to stand on, and so he will become an anti-hero, but at first... daddy's got to go to work.

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‘Shazam’ May Arrive Before 2019 Says Dwayne Johnson

‘Shazam’ May Arrive Before 2019 Says Dwayne Johnson

The actor also said that he doesn't known who will play the title character quite yet, but if the script is progressing faster than expected, we could possibly hear some casting news very soon. Darren Lemke, whose writing credits include Jack the Giant Slayer, Turbo, Beasts of Burden and Goosebumps, is currently working on the script, although no director is attached yet. The story follows a teenager named Billy Batson, who transforms into the superhero Shazam! every time he says that name. Would you like to see Shazam! hit theaters before 2019? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more updates.

Shazam! comes to theaters April 5th, 2019.

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Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Shazam’ Script, Black Adam and DC

Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Shazam’ Script, Black Adam and DC

Darren Lemke, the man responsible for Jack the Giant Slayer and the upcoming Goosebumps, is busy penning a draft of the Shazam! script. We still have a ways to go before Shazam! hits the big screen. It will arrive in theaters April 2019. That's just a month before Marvel's big blowout sequel Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.

Fresh off the press... @totalfilm#May29#WhereWillYouBe#WhenItAllFallsApart#SanAndreaspic.twitter.com/DD5JIv4t4q— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 10, 2015

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‘Shazam’ Is Part of DC's ‘Justice League’ Movie Universe

‘Shazam’ Is Part of DC's ‘Justice League’ Movie Universe

For fans who were hoping to see a DC Cinematic Universe similar to what they've seen from other publishers, one that included super heroes other than Superman or Batman, there didn't seem to be a lot to talk about.

That changed on October 15, 2014, when Warner Bros. revealed a full slate of ten DC Entertainment feature films all set within the same universe.

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‘Shazam’: Dwayne Johnson Says Black Adam Is Ruthless

‘Shazam’: Dwayne Johnson Says Black Adam Is Ruthless

Dwayne Johnson offers a very short update on ‘Shazam’, revealing that he hopes to find balance in the anti-hero character Black Adam.
Is ‘Shazam’ Getting ‘Fast and Furious 7’ Director James Wan?

Is ‘Shazam’ Getting ‘Fast and Furious 7’ Director James Wan?

‘The Conjuring 2’ director James Wan just signed a deal with New Line, which could see him directing ‘Shazam’.