Warner Bros. officially sets 2019 release date for Shazam!

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Jan 12, 2018

The DC film universe may be going through a period of transition and reassessment, but at least one of its upcoming projects now has a firm arrival date.

That film is Shazam! and it's just been officially set to open on April 5, 2019. According to Deadline, the studio already had that date earmarked for a DC title -- which was widely assumed to be Shazam! -- and has now confirmed the speculation.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros also announced than an untitled DC film slated for July 27 of this year is off the calendar. That date once belonged to Aquaman, which has since moved to December, and it seems that DC never really came up with anything to fill the spot.

Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and starring Zachary Levi in the title role, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman and possibly Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana (he's in talks), is one of just three DC films that currently has a confirmed release date, the other two being Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2, which opens in November 2019 (we could also see Wonder Woman show up in Shazam! if Levi has his way).

Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Batgirl, Flashpoint, Black Adam and Green Lantern Corps all remain in various stages of development, with Suicide Squad 2 the most likely to go into production next. Justice League 2, Man of Steel 2 and Cyborg all seem to have slipped off the radar for now.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara acknowledged this week that the initial plan to chase the Marvel way of making superhero movies, by creating an interconnected cinematic universe, isn't really working for DC, which has now streamlined its decision-making process and reshuffled its production team.

So while the future of a number of DC films remains murky for now, we're just 15 months away from seeing the original Captain Marvel on the screen.