With the DC Extended Universe off to a rocky start with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, we’re now pretty much holding our collective breath that Wonder Woman and Justice League will manage to set things to rights when 2017 comes around.
But there’s another movie in DC Films’ upcoming slate that could give the DCEU a much-needed shot in the arm, and that would be Shazam!
The comic book movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the villain and anti-hero Black Adam is slated for an April 2019 release date. However, unlike the other DCEU films, Shazam! will be co-produced by Johnson and Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions company alongside New Line Cinema. Sure, it's a division of Warner Bros., but the movie won't be produced through WB itself like the other superhero films.
With that in mind, can we still expect Shazam! to be part of the DCEU? The answer is ... Yep! You betcha! Yessiree! And now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Here’s what Garcia told Newsweek:
“Shazam! is to live in the same world [as the other films] but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors… it’s a different set-up. We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to. 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.”
So yeah, it sounds like Shazam! will exist in the same world inhabited by Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash, and yet still be a bit different from the world created by Zack Snyder. Just how this will play out will be interesting to see. Garcia also gave an update as to where the script for the movie currently stands:
“We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part. We don’t mind taking our time. We’re being very careful with each act and scene to go back and layer in as much as possible. We’ve got so many wonderful superhero franchises out there… we don’t need to run away from them and say ‘we can’t be that,’ but it’s important to understand what are the best aspects of a Batman [movie] versus Avengers versus Deadpool? What are the elements people are responding to? We want to move the needle.”
What do you guys think? Are you filled with confidence about Dwayne Johnson’s Shazam! movie? What do you think of Dany Garcia’s comments as to Shazam!’s place within the DCEU?