While Warner Bros. had made it pretty clear recently with casting and other matters such as securing a release date, it is now official: Shazam! will be the next DC shared universe film following Aquaman.
Director David Sandberg has shared the first of what will likely be many photos from the set of the very very very long in development film to reveal that cameras are now rolling. That’s right, Shazam! is now officially fully in production.
Sandberg took to Instagram to show off a shot of director’s clapperboard for day one of shooting on the DC Comics film.
Shazam! follows the story of young Billy Batson who is a teenager that encounters an old wizard that bestows upon him great power to turn into the hero Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) when he calls out the word Shazam, which is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury which are the historical figures the hero derives powers from.
New Line Cinema, now owned by Warner Bros., has been working to develop the Shazam! film since the early 2000s, long before Man of Steel and the current shard universe were even a thought. Various screenwriters and directors have been attached, but the project really gained some steam when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson signed on board to play the villain/anti-hero Black Adam (who is similarly powered as Shazam) in 2014 but now he’ll appear in his own Black Adam film instead of in Shazam!
Currently, this film is the only ironclad confirmed DC Film to be coming after this fall’s Aquaman other than 2019’s Wonder Woman sequel.
Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.