Currently in the works for a 2019 release is “Shazam,” the DC Comics adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures which follows a teenager (Asher Angel) who transforms into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) with powers equivalent to Superman.
David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) is directing the project and some fans have already begun to voice concerns over which interpretation of the character we’ll see. There’s a growing belief that the maligned New 52 comics version – in which Billy is brash and even cruel – will be used as a growing number of New 52 elements are being included.
Sandberg has now taken to Twitter to try and ease worries about the direction of the character, responding to a fan who effectively has dismissed the entire film based entirely on casting rumors with:
“Not to stop you from having an opinion about something that doesn’t exist yet, it’s the internet after all, but as I designate a movie the obligatory Best/Worst Ever!! I find it helpful sometimes to have more info than a few character names. Sometimes I’ll even wait for a trailer of some sort if I really want to go crazy.
If it was up to me I’d share a ton of behind the scenes stuff as it’s happening since I’m all about that. Concept art, characters, sets, etc. I doubt it would stifle negative discussion though. More details only means more to argue about.”
Filming on “Shazam” is expected to begin next month ahead of its April 2019 release.