There has been some confusion over Shazam's place in the DC Comics movie universe. It will be launched under Warner Bros.' New Line division, which is different from the other nine movies announced for this line-up. And those involved with the movie creatively have stated that it will have a decidedly different tone than the other Justice League spinoffs. But in a year end blog post, DC has seemingly confirmed that Shazam is, in fact, one of ten movies that make up this cinematic universe. Here is what they had to say:
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.
This definitely indicates that Shazam! will be involved with or joining the Justice League in some capacity. At the very least, the character does exist within that same universe. The other 9 movies, as you know, include (in order of release) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League Part 1 (2017), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Justice League Part 2 (2019), Cyborg (2020) and Green Lantern (Reboot) (2020).
Earlier in the year, New Line President Toby Emmerich claimed Shazam! would 'have a tone unto itself'. It is noted that Superman and his Man of Steel franchise has many similarities to the Shazam! mythos, so its understandable why the studio would want some distance between both projects. It has been speculated that Shazam! will have more of a comedic vibe, which is something the other DC Comics movies have been lacking. Its believed that Shazam! will embrace the 'lighter' side of the DC universe. The movie will star Dwayne Johnson as villain turned 'kinda' good guy Black Adam, and revolves around a young boy who can turn into a superhero. The main lead has not yet been cast. And as of now, it is not known how the character will fit into the overall scheme that Warner Bros. and DC is planning over the course of the second half of this decade.