The DC film universe is in a state of flux at the moment following the critical reaction to Batman v Superman, but one of the men behind the upcoming Shazam flick wants to offer some calming words for fans. Put simply: He promises they’re not going to “f**k this up.”
The film’s producer, Hiram Garcia, chatted with Comic Book about the project, and said they have a clear vision for what the movie will be, describing the proposed adaptation is a “blast” and “dope ride.” Which sounds a bit strange, but hey, at least it should shake things up from all the GRIMDARK. Not to mention the fact that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be playing Black Adam, and he’s not exactly the most dark and gritty type of guy.
Garcia went on to explain they want to tap into the wish fulfillment angle of Shazam and show off the fun of literally giving a kid near godlike powers and letting him be a superhero. Obviously, that’s an inherently fun idea, and it sounds like Garcia actually realizes it.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
"That whole world, as well as Black Adam as you start looking into Black Adam, so our take on that world is first and foremost, movies like that can be grounded and can have real stakes but can still be fun. That’s the place we always want it to come from. 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, 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. There's no reason that there should ever be a version of this story told that's devoid of that. That's our goal in doing this: following the path of the films that have been coming out and have done such a good job."
Shazam is tentatively set to open April 4, 2019.
(Via Comic Book)