Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has taken to the internet to respond to a rumor that Warner Bros. is pumping the breaks on its current shared DC cinematic universe after Justice League underperformed in its opening weekend at the box office.
Reddit user WBConnections claims to have inside knowledge that studio executives at Warner Bros. are so mad at themselves, they’ve decided to cancel the current DC film universe, canceling post-production on James Wan’s upcoming standalone Aquaman film and halting pre-production on the Shazam! film. This post lead to a response from Sandberg on Reddit in which he shared his surprise to the information, revealing he had yet to be told his film had been canceled. You can check out the response from Sandberg (user dauid) below.
Shazam is a DC Comics character who first debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character was first published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam himself is the alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson who has the ability to say the word “Shazam,” and transform into an adult superhero with the power of six mythological gods after saying the word.
The film stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Grace Fulton, and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.
Shazam! is expected to hit theaters in April 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.