It’s official: No longer is Shazam! merely an idea for a movie reboot of a DC Comics franchise. Director David Sandberg has shared the first of what’s sure to be many more photos to come from the set on the long-developing film, announcing to the world that shooting on the DC superhero's new adventure — finally — has gotten underway.
Sandberg shot out a short and sweet Instagram post from the movie’s first day of filming, showing a photo of a director's clapperboard accompanied simply by a thunderbolt emoji (of course), and the words “Let’s go!”
DC’s reboot of one of comics’ oldest and most venerable names is set to reintroduce the character of Captain Marvel to a generation that hasn’t yet encountered Shazam! and its lore on the big screen. You have to go all the way back to 1939 to trace the beginning of Shazam!’s history, which launched the franchise on an ensuing roller-coaster ride of widely varying reinterpretations over the following decades.
The reboot features Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Shazam!’s real-world teenage alter ego, and stars Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel himself. Rounding out the main cast are Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.
Beyond that, there’s been some fun casting speculation — including Levi’s own wistful hope to see a Wonder Woman cameo — but much of the film’s plot, as well as any reliable word on its extended cast, has been shrouded in mystery. The jury’s still out on whether Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam will suit up for Shazam! lore by also making an appearance, ahead of the villain's even more prominent upcoming role in… well, in something.
That means we know the basics: Filming on Shazam! is definitely underway, Billy Batson will definitely transform into Captain Marvel when he utters the titular acronym — short for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury — and he’ll be definitely battling Doctor Sivana, (and possibly even Black Adam).
There's still a long year of filming ahead, so more details are doubtlessly on the way. Shazam! is slated for a U.S. release on April 5, 2019.