Following this summer’s successful Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. is preparing to rollout Justice League in November & is currently filming Aquaman ahead of it’s December 2018 release. After that the studio’s schedule is seemingly up in the air with a slew of possible projects but nothing really set schedule wise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter that has changed as the studio has reportedly settled on the long in development Shazam! as the film that will come after Aquaman’s solo outing. The film is reportedly set to go before cameras sometime in January or February 2018 with it’s sights set upon a 2019 release.
David Sandberg, the filmmaker behind Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, is helming the film that focuses on a young man named Billy Bastion who can turn into a mighty hero when he shouts out the magic word Shazam. Unlike the other DC Extended Universe films this one will be coming through New Line Cinema, one of the studios under the Warner Bros. umbrella, but will still be connected to the other DCEU films.
Originally the heroic personality was called Captain Marvel when DC Comics bought the property from Fawcett Comics but because of Marvel’s hold on the hero name Captain Marvel (a film for the Carol Danvers version of the hero coming in 2019) the company has taken to just calling the hero Shazam because of the secret word and the wizard that gave the boy his powers.
Dwayne Johnson was originally attached to play the anti-hero Black Adam, a nemesis of Shazam, but earlier in the year Warner Bros. announced that he would be getting his own solo film as the character instead. There were some hopes that he would still appear in some capacity in this film but with his busy schedule and the film going into production soon that seems very unlikely.
Currently Warner Bros. has films like The Flash, The Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Wonder Woman 2, Green Lantern Corps, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Suqad 2 and others in various stages of planning or rewrites. Films for Flash, Batman and the Harley Quinn led Gotham City Sirens seem the likeliest to start moving forward soon with the Wonder Woman sequel likely to be aiming for a 2020 release date based upon recent reports.
More news about the DC Extended Universe film slate should be coming out during San Diego Comic Con.