So far, much of the focus on Warner Bros./DC Entertainment's shared comic book movie universe has been about the two movies that are coming out next year: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. However, many viewers are well aware of the studio's massive slate of adaptations scheduled to come out through the year 2020, and WB has been starting to piece together other projects like Wonder Woman and The Flash ahead of their respective release dates.
One of the films that's moving along in development is Shazam, which last year locked in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play antihero Black Adam. WB initially had it set up for a 2019 debut, so not much progress has been made on its development since, but Johnson believes the Shazam movie will actually be ready to come out well before 2019 rolls around.
While on the San Andreas press tour, Johnson spoke with L baini (watch the full interview here), and reiterated something he has previously teased: moviegoers will see the story of Shazam vs. Black Adam sooner rather than later:
"No, I don't think it is going to be that far away. It's going to be earlier than that. I don't think 2019."
As was the case the last time, he teased this development, Johnson wouldn't get into any further specifics. The only other "update" he provided was that there has been more progress on the script as the creative team tries to get it right, so time will tell if this is just Johnson's wishful thinking (he is eager to make this film) or something that will actually come into fruition.
For what it's worth, there will most likely be some shifting of things in WB/DC's release schedule at some point down the line. Shortly after their films were unveiled, it was announced that both Superman and Batman would be getting their own solo movies, but dates for them had yet to be picked out. Depending on when WB believes their shared universe would be best served by new adventures for Kal-El and Bruce Wayne, they may choose to move some of their previously established titles around.
On the other hand, they did specifically schedule Shazam for a 2019 release, and one has to think there was some strong reasoning behind that decision. Moving it up could seriously alter their vision and cause them to scramble together a Plan B.
And while Johnson keeps talking about "progress" on the screenplay, there are still a lot more pieces that need to fall into place before Shazam can begin principal photography. Most importantly, the film needs a director and someone to portray the titular superhero (read our choices here). WB may very well have deals lined up with talent behind-the-scenes, but publicly at least, the film is still in the early stages and doesn't seem like it's a movie ready to go for a ride on the fast track. In his interview, Johnson even emphasizes the importance of taking time when putting a movie like Shazam together, so WB would be best to heed that advice and not rush into anything.
Of course, Johnson knows more about Shazam's development than we do and he perhaps is privy to some inside information about just how far along the movie is. So, there could be some truth to this. However, it's best not to hold your breath and get excited for Shazam's early arrival. Pretty soon, Johnson will be preoccupied with Fast & Furious 8 (which is set for a 2017 release), which would prevent him from diving into a lengthy shooting schedule for a comic book tentpole any time soon. At the same time, WB will be putting together Justice League, Aquaman, and the other films they have in store prior to 2019. It's great that Johnson is so excited about playing Black Adam, but he might have to wait a little bit longer.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman - June 23rd, 2017; Justice League - November 17th, 2017; The Flash - March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman - July 27th, 2018; Shazam - April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 - June 14th, 2019; Cyborg - April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern - June 19th, 2020.
Source: L baini