Shazam! Is (Once Again) Gaining Momentum

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:38 pm,

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Last we’d heard about the big-screen adaptation of Shazam!, the movie’s (former) writer John August was blogging that it was dead done deal. Well, that might be true for August’s involvement with the project, however the latest word places Shazam! very much in the “alive and happening” column: Warner Bros. has snagged new writers for the project and a script is reportedly in the works.

According to Variety, actor/writer Bill Burch has been tapped to hammer out the Shazam script with an assist from acclaimed comic book scribe Geoff Johns (Green Lantern) who will co-write the script and act as a consultant on the project. Johns also recently turned in a draft of The Flash for Warner Bros.

So, Shazam! is getting a much needed jump-start but the big question still remains: what kind of film should it be?

Shazam! has always been a tricky balancing act: You have Captain Marvel – who is basically Superman in red – as your hero,  who happens to have an alter-ego that’s a geeky kid (Billy Batson). There’s also all kinds of stuff about Egyptian gods and magic on top of the already-fantastic superhero setup, resulting in a general premise that would make for a “quirky” film at best, or a mess of “too many worlds colliding” at worse.

Of course, during its go-stop-go marathon to the big screen, the question of how to approach a Shazam! movie has been addressed over and over. Should it go with a tongue-in-cheek story where Billy Batson is older in age, still trying to deal with sharing a body with a superhero? Or should they do a classically epic superhero fantasy about a young boy who learns that he has the power to make a difference?

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Super hero buddy comedy or epic adventure?

Hard questions, right? I could see how either approach to the story could succeed – or fail – as a film. Until we know for sure what angle of attack Johns and Burch are bringing to Shazam!, feel free to remain skeptical and/or worried. For my part, I have more confidence in the project knowing that Geoff Johns is involved: that guy knows his DC super heroes.

Director Peter Segal (Get Smart) has been attached to Shazam! ever since the project was at New Line three years ago. No word yet on who Warner Bros. would want to star in the film (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s named has surfaced in the past) or when they would want the film in theaters.

We’ll let you know more when we hear something.

Source: Variety

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  1. The Rock would be a perfect fit for either Captain Marvel or his nemesis. How about Will Smith’s son to play Billy? Ok, maybe not. :-)

  2. I think having the Rock and the director of Get Smart involved is kind of a sign to what type of movie they are going for.

  3. Andy S to be fair the Rock has done some serious work and he is a good actor. Though Peter has only really done comical stuff.

  4. Anyone else think that this is a reaction to all the Superman stuff going on lately? Lets say they lose all rights to Supes in 2013, who will be their big all powerful kick @$$ character? One would think Captain Marvel here would be the 1st in line. Maybe thats why they are pushing his movie ahead now? Just a thought.

  5. Golly Sarg!

    Whens the Gomer Pile movie coming out? Like I’m gonna see Shazam,,, yeah right. 😯

  6. @ Doom3524
    Id say thats a possibility cause they know they better get their a$$es in gear if they want to keep Superman.

  7. The Rock would be perfect as Black Adam.

  8. @ wes
    I agree with ya wes. Two people only come to mind to me of who could play Capt. Marvel. 1. Dean Cain but people will probly still see him as Superman. 2. Jerry O’Connell, hope i spelled his last name right. He’d be my 2nd choice probly because he sure did sound like Capt. Marvel would have on JLU. LoL, in that episode he sure was more of a boyscout than Superman was.

  9. Now this is the one film where i definately endorse the Rock in the lead. Every movie rumored that needs a musclehead star; many parrot the Rock. Judging by the fact that thespian and 57 yr old Stephen Lang is juiced up and huge like old school Arnold in Avatar, hollywood odes not need a big goofy Wrestler to play every superhero. But the Rock with his big smile that looks just like the Alex Ross poster would be perfect here. NOT Superman, NOT Conan, but Captain Marvel, YES! And Marvel may end up being the best Superhero film of them all.

  10. Garth it could be entertaining, but there is no chance Captain Marvel could be the best hero flick of them all lol.

  11. I say yes to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Captain Marvel. He’s shown his acting range. And deserves to be the hero, not the villain. Maybe I’ll write an article about it. “The Power or Shazam. The Best Comic Movie Ever?” Sounds good to me

  12. Maybe have The Dwayne johnson play Capt. Marvel and Vin Diesel play Black Adam.

    • I have no problem with the Rock as Black Adam, but as Captain Marvel, no. The best bet is an unknown for Cap. Getting unknowns for these roles has always worked out the best.

  13. Indeed Geoff Johns knows his DC super heroes. Of primary interest is that Black Adam, one of his best-written characters, will most likely now be a prominent star in the movie with Johns’ involvement. They are going to have to be careful that Teth-Adam doesn’t steal the show from Cap Marvel, which he easily could as he’s more of a Punisher-like vigilante than a villain.

    It somewhat sucks that they still can’t retain the rights to call this movie Captain Marvel instead of Shazam! – but ah well.

    Either way, the movie is still in better hands now that Geoff Johns is on it. He really is an encyclopedia of DC characters – and a textbook of how to write them right. The Flash movie is probably in even better hands because Geoff Johns truly does love that character, whereas I’m not so sure on Captain Marvel. But we’ll see. :)

  14. I think Dwayne Johnson would be a far better Black Adam than Captain Marvel, by the way.