While Justice League is the big thing on everyone's minds in the superhero world this week, we can still look ahead to developing upcoming projects. Among them is Shazam!, the DC Comics-based film featuring the title hero that's set to go into production early next year.
Generally, when a film based on a comics character is headed our way, the major publishers do their best to take advantage of the hype by publishing new comics featuring that character (if they weren't already). There's been no official word from DC on Shazam!'s future in print, but DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, may have just offered a teaser.
Gary Frank, the artist on Johns' upcoming Doomsday Clock event, was discussing the new series on Twitter, saying it might be his favorite work the pair have done together. That's when Johns chimed in with this:
Johns and Frank have collaborated frequently, including on a series of Shazam! stories that appeared as backups in Johns' New 52 Justice League run. The last time the character got a full-fledged series of his own was in 2015, with a two-issue miniseries done as part of the Convergence event by writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan "Doc" Shaner. That version of the character was much brighter than the one Johns and Frank did, and it was hailed as one of the best parts of Convergence.
Now, this tweet may mean nothing more than Johns expressing his love for the character, but it's hard to imagine DC avoiding more Shazam! comics in the lead-up to his film. It's simple marketing logic. As for who would work on the book, it sounds like Johns would be keen to do it, but perhaps Parker and Shaner would as well.
The Shazam! film will star Zachary Levi in the title role and Asher Angel as his child alter ego, Billy Batson. The film is set for release on April 5, 2019.