DC Comics' Shazam! officially starts filming, with director David F. Sandberg sharing the first photo from the movie's set. Following the release of both Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, director James Wan's Aquaman will be the only DC Film to hit theaters in 2018. However, DC and Warner Bros. already have two films lined up for theatrical release in 2019, in the forms of Sandberg's Shazam! and Patty Jenkins' sequel Wonder Woman 2.
Shazam! will be "funny" though not necessarily quip-happy, and will featured a whole lot of kid characters. As such, the movie will attempt to both recapture the Golden Age spirit of the titular superhero character to life and deliver the most family-friendly DC Film to date, at the same time. Now that production is officially underway, it should soon start to become clearer how exactly the movie will go about doing just that.
Sandberg posted the first photo from the Shazam! set to his social media accounts today (see the photo embedded below), thus confirming that filming is fully underway. Shazam! will shoot under the working title 'Franklin' and shouldn't have much trouble making its current April 2019 theatrical release date, now that principal photography is underway some 14 months ahead of then.
It has been heavily rumored that Shazam! will include a cameo by one or more important characters in the DC Films universe, but nothing has been confirmed at this stage. Most recently, it was reported that Henry Cavill will make his next appearance on the big screen as Superman during Shazam!, in part because his next solo film is so far off still. Of course, Dwayne Johnson was once slated to appear as Black Adam in Sandberg's movie, but that was before the character was granted a solo film of his own.
For now, fans are just waiting to get their first look at Zachary Levi as Shazam! His casting was certainly surprising, but the reception has been generally positive. Still, that could change if fans aren't pleased with the look of his costume in the film. With production now underway, DC would be wise to release something official before set photos leak, showing Levi in his superhero suit. After all, that's how we got our first look at the other Captain Marvel's costume.
We will bring you more details on Shazam! as they become available.
Source: David F. Sandberg
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019