There’s been confusion regarding the “Shazam” movie and whether the film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero title will be a part of Warners’ proposed DC Cinematic Universe.
With the film being done by New Line, and with those involved saying the film will likely sport a very different tone to the other movies of the DC movies in development, it was thought “Shazam” would take the route of the “Sandman” adaptation and be its own thing. Yet when the initial DC film slate was announced, “Shazam” was included.
Now, in a new blog post on the official DC Comics site, the company itself seemed to confirm that “Shazam” is going to be a part of the same universe as Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman:
For fans who were hoping to see a DC Cinematic Universe similar to what they’ve seen from other publishers, one that included super heroes other than Superman or Batman, there didn’t seem to be a lot to talk about. That changed on October 15, 2014, when Warner Bros. revealed a full slate of ten DC Entertainment feature films all set within the same universe.
Said quote includes a link to the line-up announcement which includes “Shazam”. The ten films are “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League Part 1,” “The Flash,” “Aquaman,” “Shazam,” “Justice League Part 2,” “Cyborg,” and “Green Lantern”.
The comic revolves around a young boy who can turn into a superhero, and stars Dwayne Johnson stars as the villain Black Adam. No word on when “Shazam” is slated to go into production.
Speaking of the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn revealed on Facebook recently that were he able to do a DC franchise, he “would have love to have done Shazam”. He can’t do it though because he is “precluded”.