While all attention is focused on this year’s DC/WB movies (“Wonder Woman” and “Justice League”), things are still in motion for the films that are even further out. That’s definitely the case for 2019’s “Shazam,” which will feature Dwayne Johnson as the film’s villain Black Adam. Johnson has been very vocal about his love for Black Adam and the franchise, and even going so far as to promote the film years in advance.
Now, Johnson isn’t the only person talking “Shazam.” The film’s producer Hiram Garcia gave a brief update on Twitter, saying that “big things are coming” following a “great” meeting he had with DC. It’s also possible that the tweet offers a hint at one of the film’s potential hashtags, #JustSayTheWord.
— Hiram Garcia (@hhgarcia41) January 11, 2017
The word in this instance, by the way, would be “Shazam” (and not “Sussudio,” despite what Phil Collins might sing). By saying the word “Shazam,” the young Billy Batson becomes a super-powered superhero known as Shazam.
Fellow producer Dany Garcia talked about the film in August 2016, saying that Dwayne Johnson is also heavily involved in the creative side. Dany Garcia confirmed back then that the film is indeed part of DC’s larger shared movie-verse: “It needs to be of the world. You’ve got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you’re going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with [Shazam!] we’ll fit nicely within the world that’s been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. [It’ll be] enough that people say, ‘Oh, this is within the family,’ but the culture will be a little different.”
In development since the early 2000s by New Line Cinema, “Shazam” had seemingly stalled in 2013, only for Johnson to confirm the following year that he’ll star as Black Adam. Warner Bros. then made it official with the 2014 announcement of an ambitious 10-film slate based on DC Comics properties, including Shazam. The movie is targeted for 2019 release.
The next installments in DC’s unfolding cinematic universe are “Wonder Woman,” which drops on June 2 and stars Gal Gadot and Christ Pine; and “Justice League,” which arrives in theaters on November 17 and features Gadot, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller.