'Shazam!' film seeks 'a sense of fun and a sense of humor'

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Hot on the heels of the high publicized and false rumor that DC movies would be adopting a "no jokes" policy came that shining glimmer of hope, like a Big Red Cheese riding a gigantic ammunition shell through the sky. This week we got more details about the Shazam! movie, most of it serving just to whet my hunger for a major motion picture starring that most stalwart of Fawcett Comics heroes.

Will this be the much feared "grim and gritty" version that many fans had been envisioning since David Goyer and Zach Snyder took the helm of the Justice League, subsequently releasing image after image of scowling, unhappy superheroes? As the news came rolling in, it seemed more and more that it will not. First, it's going to be produced under New Line, and not the parent Warner Bros. studio that will produce the Justice League movies. New Line president Toby Emmerich, in fact, stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that "It's a DC comic, but it's not a Justice League character" and that it "will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor." Oh, Toby... your words are like honey to my ears.

Earlier, of course, came the confirmation that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would be playing Black Adam in the movie. The actor can be pretty divisive and very, very cheesy (which, weirdly, kinda slots him as a prime candidate for the Big Red Cheese himself), but I've always liked him when he plays with hard-edged arrogance. It probably an extension of his wrestling persona: The Rock has typically been more popular as more a villain or anti-hero than a hero. So while fans may have been clamoring to see Johnson as The-Man-Formerly-Known-As-Captain-Marvel, the Black Adam role is all sorts of perfect.

When you add that to the fact that the script is being written by Darren Lemke (of the better-than-expected Jack The Giant Slayer), the Shazam! movie has been filling me with all sorts of hope and expectations. It could still flame out ... I remember having this sense of optimism in the days leading up to the ill-fated Green Lantern movie. But for now, the Shazam! movie just feels oh so right.

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