‘Shazam!’: Director & Release Date Confirmed; Dwayne Johnson Won’t Appear

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More details of Warner Bros.Shazam! film has come to light.

Shazam!, which will tell the story of a boy who acquires the power to transform into the most powerful man on earth, will be the next DCEU picture to be filmed. According to THR, cameras will start rolling on the DC adaptation in either January or February 2018. The panel at Comic-Con confirmed the film would go into production next, with WB holding a tentative release date set of April 5, 2019.

The director has also been locked in. Talking to Kevin Smith on behalf of IMDB, Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation helmer David F. Sandberg confirmed that he would be directing the film.

“It’s coming along pretty well,” Sandberg said. “Very happy with the script and how it’s all coming along. It’s super exciting.”

Somewhat surprisingly, considering the cameras will be rolling in around half a year, no lead actor has been announced. Dwayne Johnson will be playing Shazam villain Black Adam, although DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns has said that the wrestler-turned-movie media superstar will not be appearing in Shazam!

“We haven’t announced any casting yet,” Johns said in an interview with Yahoo Movies. “But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!

So, for now it appears that we’ll be getting a Shazam! movie that perhaps alludes to Johnson’s Black Adam without the star actually appearing. A Black Adam movie will likely follow not far behind. If the Black Adam pic doesn’t bring in Shazam, expect a third film to combine the two characters. Stay tuned.