Though filming has been underway for at least a week, New Line Cinema has only now formally announced the beginning of production on the DC Comics adaptation “Shazam”. What’s news here is that the press release confirms some names, adds some others and reveals a few minor but still interesting elements about the production.
First up, Dwayne Johnson is listed but as an executive producer only, and there’s no mention of Henry Cavill who has previously been rumored to be making a cameo. Next comes the official synopsis which you can read below:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.
Still a kid at heart – inside a ripped, godlike body – Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test?
Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).”
Billy’s foster family has also been fully revealed. It will consist of Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy, Grace Fulton as Mary, Faithe Herman as Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene, and Jovan Armand as Pedro. Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans will feature as Billy’s foster parents, Victor and Rosa Vasquez, and Ron Cephas Jones as the Wizard.
“Annabelle: Creation” director David F. Sandberg helms the film with a lot of the team behind that movie returning for this. Set primarily in Philadelphia, shooting is taking place in Toronto ahead of an April 2019 release.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures