One call has resonated through the last few years concerning the growth of the DC Extended Universe of films. That call is by many fans for the films to get brighter, more hopeful and to not be so grim and gritty as the first three films in the universe have been.
Wonder Woman answered that call this summer and now one of the next films in the lineup is looking to do the same. While speaking with the Toronto Sun, Shazam! director David Sandberg promised that the film featuring a young boy that uses a magic word to turn into a adult hero would be a lot more lighthearted than other DC films.
“The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right? I mean I certainly did, and (Billy Batson) is a kid that gets that chance,” Sandberg said. “He gets to become the superhero. So it’ll be big with superpowers in a way. In terms of what people can expect, I think this will be one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC universe. It certainly will be a departure.”
There aren’t a lot of details about the film, but what is known is that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, a character that similarly is powered by a magical word like Billy, won’t be appearing in the film as originally planned. Instead he’s getting his own solo Black Adam film with the chance that the two could face off in a later movie.
Shazam! is reportedly scheduled to arrive in early 2019 following Aquaman in 2018.