Shazam will begin production in early 2018 and may be released in theaters by 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report pegs David F. Sandberg as the film’s director. The production will begin ahead of Batgirl, Flash, and the sequels to both Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman.
Shazam has been on DC’s film slate for a while, beginning with the 2014 announcement that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play Shazam’s archrival, Black Adam. The Hollywood Reporter wasn’t able to confirm if Johnson will appear in Shazam or just the Black Adam spinoff film.
Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, is one of DC’s most popular superheroes, but this will be the first time he’s appeared in a feature-length, big-screen, live-action movie. Shazam is the superhero alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by saying the magical word “shazam,” turns into, well, Shazam. He can fly. He can go fast. And best of all, he has these powers, thanks to a 3,000-year-old wizard. Comic book movies are embracing their inner weirdness!
With Shazam and the batch of other films a couple years away, we’re entering a slower period for the DC cinematic universe. Justice League will be released on November 17th, 2017. It will be followed by Aquaman on December 21th, 2018.