So far, most news surrounding the road to bring Captain Marvel — aka Shazam — to theaters has focused on the casting of Dwayne Johnson as the DC Comics hero’s nemesis, Black Adam. And while we know the villain/antihero will be starring in a separate standalone film, plans have recently ramped up for Billy Batson’s big screen debut. Last month it was announced that Shazam! would be the next entry in DCEU’s film schedule, and now fans have word that they should be seeing names attached to star in the project in the near future.
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“Hopefully soon,” director David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out) told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s very fun, lighthearted movie…It’s about a kid who gets to become an adult superhero, so that’s just gonna be so fun to explore.”
Sandberg also explained that, like most general moviegoers, he wasn’t all too familiar with the character of Billy Batson and his Shazam alter-ego before signing on to direct.
“To be honest, it was not a superhero I grew up with either. When I grew up in Sweden, there wasn’t a lot of Shazam around,” he said. “So it’s someone who I’ve learned to love later in life as well, so I can relate to [people who are] new to Shazam. I think [it] might be a good thing that I’m doing it, because I know what you need to learn.”
In the comics, a child named Billy Batson is able to transform into the adult superhero, Captain Marvel, by shouting out a magical word — you guessed it, “Shazam!” — in order to battle all manner of villains.
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Johnson has voiced his support for Armie Hammer to play his superhero nemesis, though it remains unclear if that will happen or if it’s simply idle talk from the star. Shazam! has its eye on a 2019 release date.
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