DC Films is in the middle of a course correction, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a mixed response. The second installment in the DC Films slate garnered a lot of hate. While some like the film, others were super critical about it.
Looking to make DC Films future brighter, WB started a division with the same name. DC Comics CCO, Geoff Johns, will co-run the division with WB producer Jon Berg. Now, we can really say with confidence that the future of DC Films is looking brighter and brighter. Even Director James Wan, has stated that the Aquaman solo film will be “Fun” compared to its predecessors. This probably opened the floodgates, allowing people attached to DC Films project to come out and say the same.
While speaking with Comicbook Hiram Garcia, producer of the forthcoming SHAZAM! film and VP Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production company, gave some insight on the status of the project:
“We’re a good way into development, we’re expecting a next draft soon which I think is really gonna put us in the zone that we’re hoping for. There’s a great opportunity between [Black Adam and Shazam]. I was always a fan of Superman and his mythology as I grew up. I remember it was Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come that was the first time that ever made me look at Shazam just differently. I always knew of Shazam but I thought Alex Ross portrayed him and drew him in a badass, epic way that helped support the epic conflict him and Superman had. It just made me look at Shazam and think ‘This is a bad motherf—er!'”
When asked about fun in SHAZAM, Garcia states:
“That whole world of Shazam and Black Adam is filled with so much great potential. Our take on that world is first and foremost about bad ass fun. Movies like that can of course be grounded with real stakes but it doesn’t mean they can’t be a blast, that’s the space we always wanted to live in. We have a character in Shazam, a boy in a man’s body, having the ultimate in wish fulfillment that I think all comic book fans and fans in general can appreciate. What if you wake up one day and you can just do all this great stuff? Then on the other side, you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and he’s bringing that with him throughout this journey. There’s a real grounding there. That combination of Shazam’s youth and enthusiasm while being introduced to a whole new world coupled with the dark history of Black Adam makes for a great dynamic. It allows us to not only have real stakes, real story, and real emotion, but a ton of fun in the process. There’s no reason that there should ever be a version of this story told that’s devoid of that. That’s our goal in doing this: following the path of the films that have been coming out and have done such a good job.”
He goes on to say:
“I promise you dude, we’re not gonna f— this up! My vision is so clear for this story and this movie. As story tellers, you sometimes get on projects but this has always been a priority. I’ve been carrying the Black Adam torch for so many years before we finally locked it in and I’m telling you we’re gonna knock this thing out of the park. It’s gonna be a blast and it’s gonna be a dope ride, so get ready!”
It seems like Garcia is the right man for this project and his heart is in the right place. With Dwayne Johnson playing Black Adam it’s sure to be a fun ride at the theater. While it’s currently slated to arrive in 2019, Johnson and Garcia have both hinted that it could arrive earlier.
Garcia had this to say about the film being released earlier:
“I think there’s projects that are so strong and so powerful that they have what I like to call the Moses effect where the seas part and they rise to the top,” Garcia starts to explains. “I always considered [Shazam!] of those projects. When this project is ready to go it will definitely be a sea parter where it rises to the top. It’s on us, we don’t want to rush the process. It’s a priority to get it right but once it’s right, it’s gonna be hard to hold it back.”
So, if the script is really good and everything falls in line perfectly, Shazam could jump up a few spots in line. One of the many things that needs to fall in line, is that, they need to cast Billy Batson/Shazam. Dwayne Johnson is the only person attached to star and he’s playing the villain. Our hero needs to match the physicality of Dwayne Johnson. While they haven’t cast him yet, Garcia did state they have looked at a few names.
“We kind of float some names around but nothing is locked in, right now, the focus, the sole focus is getting the story right. Getting the story really, really good and then the rest will be able to fall in line.”
The Rock is currently attached to play the antagonist, Black Adam. Shazam is being written by Darren Lemke with a director not currently signed on. SHAZAM is expected to hit theaters April 4th, 2019.