The official Shazam! movie logo has been revealed. Even before the DCEU as we truly know it got going, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. have been hard at work developing a Shazam movie. After years of toiling away, the project is currently filming and is set for release next year. Now, Warner Bros. has revealed the official teaser poster for Shazam, ahead of a Q&A with the cast that will be taking place on Wednesday.
This Shazam one-sheet may not be revealing in the sense that it doesn't give us much to chew on in terms of knowing what this movie is really going to be or what it's going to look like. On the other hand, given that the logo appears as though it would be at home as part of the Arrowverse over on The CW, that's telling enough. It looks like this is going to be much lighter in tone than previous DCEU movies and that this could be the first live-action DC movie to truly be a response to the disappointment that was Justice League.
Director David F. Sandberg is currently filming Shazam, which stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) as the titular hero. Sandberg may not seem like the most obvious choice for what appears to be a light-hearted, massive superhero movie, but from the studio's perspective, it's not hard to see why he landed the gig. Both of his movies, Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, were truly massive hits that garnered critical acclaim to go along with their financial rewards. But in the case of Annabelle: Creation, he proved that he could reinvent a brand that had been tarnished by a previously released, not-so-great movie. That could be important when talking about live-action DC movie right now. Aquaman is coming out this December, so luckily there will be some buffer between Justice League and Shazam, but this movie has its work cut out for it.
Zachary Levi has been seen in some set videos and set photos, all unofficial, in costume as Shazam. While the costume appears to be rather faithful to the comics, it's also concerned some fans, as it looks a bit cheesy and clearly has padded muscles. That could be corrected in post-production, but hopefully the studio will release an official image of Levi in costume. Perhaps that will be part of this Q&A on Wednesday?
In addition to Zachary Levi, Angel stars in Shazam as the young boy who transforms into the DC hero by uttering the character's name. The cast also includes Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman and Ron Cephas Jones and Mark Strong. It is also rumored that Batman may show up for a cameo. Shazam is set to arrive in theaters on April 5, 2019, and the cast Q&A with Entertainment Weekly is scheduled for Wednesday, which will be broadcast live on Facebook. Unfortunately, a specific time has not yet been revealed, but keep your eyes peeled. Be sure to check out the new Shazam logo, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly Twitter account, for yourself below.