Just one day after the news broke of Stephen King’s IT star Jack Dylan Grazer joining the cast of Shazam as Freddy Freedman, David F. Sandberg the director of the upcoming DC Comics big screen adaptation of the classic superhero teases what to expect in regards to the size of the film’s cast.
Ever since production of Shazam kicked off this past August, Sandberg has grown a penchant for not only keeping fans updated on the film’s progress but also providing all sorts of humorous clues and tidbits on what to expect from the World’s Mightiest Mortal’s big screen debut.
Earlier today the director once again took to his personal Instagram to tease the size of the film’s cast including Grazer who joins Zachary Levi as the titular hero and Asher Grace as Billy Batson. You can check out the photo for yourself below.
Considering the number of villains and allies that Shazam boasts, there will no doubt be plenty of speculation in regards to who we’ll be seeing alongside the superhero as he joins the DC Extended Universe in 2019.
David F. Sandberg is directing from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production on the project is expected to kick off in February of next year. The film is being produced by New Line Cinema in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
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.
6 Elseworlds Movies That DC Should Make For The Big Screen
Occasionally, there are times when comic book authors toss comic book continuity aside and straight-up create an alternate universe to tell brand new stories that bend the rules of the characters and radically change their settings as a side effect. DC calls these stories “Elseworlds,” and from the sound of things, DC is coming up with a plan to introduce that concept into their movie division with the standalone Joker movie set outside of the DC Extended Universe. The project, which has yet to be formally announced by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, is set in the 1980s and is styled after movies like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (fitting, considering that Scorsese is producing the project). It should be noted that the DCEU is still in active development on a Joker & Harley Quinn project, featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprising their roles from Suicide Squad, following that movie’s unexpected cliffhanger.
Whether or not having a mix of creator-driven and shared-universe-driven narratives get developed at the same time will work, or whether audiences will be confused by it, remains to be seen. It certainly has worked for DC’s animated movies (as evident by most movies being their own thing while some — like Justice League: War and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract — share the same setting), but in an age of cinematic universes, this might be harder to pull off. The DC Elseworlds Multiverse, as we’ll call it for the sake of this article, has a lot of source material it could draw upon to tell one-off stories. While the DCEU will continue tell one big story about the return of the so-called Age of Heroes, the DCEM should be able to take advantage of the nature of self-contained stories and go completely nuts with them, embracing their radical departure from the source material and telling the kinds of stories we could never see in a shared universe.
Here are 6 stories that we think need to be brought to the big screen as part of Warner Bros. and DC’s Elseworlds-style universe. Click Next to get started.