“There’s a script,” Sandberg revealed in an interview with FilmRiot. “It’s the next DC movie to shoot.”
The director also discussed the source material he read in preparation of bringing Shazam to the big-screen. “I’m taking it all in,” he shared. “Some of those really old ones are quite fun, when he’s, like, fighting Hitler. Stuff like that. No, cause he’s been around since the 40s for, like, as long as Superman. So there’s a lot to read and that’s also interesting because he sort of has a couple of different origin stories or a couple of different takes on it. You know, you have the most recent sort of Geoff Johns version and then you have Ordwell [sic] version and then you have those really old versions. It’s going to be really interesting just because of how hardcore the fans are.”
While there aren’t many details as of yet about Shazam, Sandberg has previously asserted that it will be more lighthearted than the other films in the DCEU. Additionally, DC Comic’s President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has said that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will not appear in the film, a fact that Sandberg reiterated in this interview.
“The Rock has been cast as Black Adam, but he’s not going to be featured in this film,” Sandberg said. “There’ve been variations of the script, like before I came along, where… you know, variations where Black Adam was in and out and, you know. But now, this is about Shazam.”
There is no one currently cast to play Shazam in the film, although The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Armie Hammer has been mentioned as a contender for the role. Although he has long been eyed to play a Green Lantern, Hammer has confirmed that he is open to taking on the role.
Created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck, Shazam (also known as Captain Marvel) is the alter-ego of a boy named Billy Batson. Batson has the power to simply say the word “shazam” aloud and be transformed into a powerful superhero. The character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940. Warner Bros.’ Shazam series will be broken into two films, one of which will focus on the hero’s mortal enemy, Black Adam.
Shazam is currently slated to begin principal photography next year. The Warner Bros. production will be directed by David F. Sandberg and is scheduled to hit theaters in April 2019.
(via Heroic Hollywood)
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