A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.
Billy Batson is a young boy chosen by the wizard Shazam to be the world’s mightiest mortal. Whenever he calls on the wizard’s name, he turns into a superhero named Captain Marvel who possess the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.
Shazam is one of the movies to be added to DC’s growing Extended Universe, to release in 2019. After months of speculations, it is confirmed that director David F. Sandberg will direct the movie based on a screenplay written by Henry Gayden.
Dwayne Johnson has long been confirmed to play the Shazam villain, Black Adam, but he may not appear in this film. The actor shared that his character will be more like the New 52 version of the character – more like an anti-hero than anything else.
As of this writing, the director has revealed that pre-production has already begun with filming eyed to begin in early 2018. He also revealed that two separate actors will play Billy and his superhero alter-ego. No actor has been announced to play the lead yet but John Cena and Joshua Sasse are considered frontrunners for the role.
Billy and Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett Comics. He was created by writer Bill Parker and artist C.C. Beck in 1939. He is considered one of the most popular characters in the 1940s, and became the first comic superhero to be featured in a film.
A copyright infringement suit filed by DC Comics caused the halt of the comic publication in 1953. DC would later acquire the rights to the character, and he joined the DC universe.