Warner Bros’ has begun introducing audiences to the popular superheroes in the DC Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That will continue in a couple of years with films like Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Batman, Suicide Squad, and the two-part Justice League films. However, that’s not to say that other less popular DC characters won’t be featured on the big screen. One such character is Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam.
It’s been a while since it was announced that the Shazam movie is being developed, but there remains very little details known about the film.
Well, Shazam producer Hiram Garcia has opened up to Comicbook.com in a recent interview and finally, we’re getting more information about how DC and Warner Bros. are planning to make the film.
We have a character in Shazam that is a boy who is in this man's body who is having the ultimate fulfillment that I think all comic book fans and everyone can associate with. Like, what if you wake up one day and you can just do all this great stuff?
And then on the other side [with Black Adam], you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and that thread that he's bringing with him throughout this journey.
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.
Clearly, Shazam is a rich character that offers plenty of interesting story options to explore in the movie.
From what Garcia said, it appears that the Shazam movie might have a different and less dark tone than what we’ve seen from previous DCEU movies and movie promos. While it’s still quite early in the movie’s development to determine whether the film will be a success or not, it seems the Shazam team is on the right track.
DC may have had a rough start in general with Batman v Superman, but recently, looking at Warner Bros.’ decisions in the executive branch, it seems like they’re adamant at taking on the Marvel Universe with their own brand of superhero movies. It also doesn’t hurt that award-winning filmmaker Ben Affleck, who also plays Batman, is set to executive produce the Justice League films.
In any case, we’ll see what Shazam will bring into the DCEU when the movie hits theaters on April 5, 2019.