Horror director David F. Sandberg has confirmed that he is directing the DCEU’s Shazam.
Usually we have to take these announcements with a grain of salt, but video confirmation with the director chatting to Kevin Smith at Comic-Con and a tweet from Sandberg has cleared any shroud of doubt that he is directing the first Shazam movie.
Sanberg mentions that he has talked with Geoff Johns and New Line Cinema about the character and that they’ve already completed a script. “It’s coming along pretty well. It’s far down. Very happy with the script and how it’s coming along. It’s super exciting,” the director mentions in the video:
If that wasn’t enough to convince fans, Sandberg also officially confirmed it here:
No, I've never shot a movie on an iphone. I'm attached to direct Shazam! though.
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) July 20, 2017
The big question now is whether or not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be in the film. Sandberg is known for his dark horror films, so we could probably expect something a little darker than the average comic book film. But who will play Shazam, aka Captain Marvel? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shazam will begin production in early 2018 and may be released in theaters by 2019.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is attached to play Black Adam, has revealed his own personal preference for DCEU’s Shazam. It’s not Alan Ritchson and it’s not Sam Worthington. Instead, Johnson believes that Armie Hammer is the right choice for the lead in the 2019 film.
Shazam is one of DC’s most popular superheroes, although this will be the first time he appears in a live-action movie. He is the superhero alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who turns into the superhero when shouting “Shazam”. Similar to Superman, he has the ability to fly, run fast, and super strength, but gains his powers from magic.
Let’s hope the character gets a magical film.