The DCEU will have one film this year (Aquaman) and three next year (Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984). After the failure of Justice League last year, WB has put a lot of effort into getting their uneven film universe back on track. Captain Marvel and Aquaman are an unlikely one-two punch back to being on track, but they’re also characters that have no film history and little pop culture footprint. The first look at Shazam is really promising and seems to validate the casting of Zachary Levi (Chuck) in the role. Full synopsis from Coming Soon below. Shazam will hit theaters in April 2019.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.
After months of not-so-subtly hinting that he was going to be involved in a DC movie soon, we now have confirmation that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the main villain in DC’s Shazam movie. Originally called Captain Marvel (which another comic company got a little peeved about for fairly obvious reasons), Shazam follows a boy named Billy Batson who is imbued by the wizard Shazam with extraordinary powers and abilities. Think Superman, but with magic. His main foe is a cast-out champion of Shazam called Black Adam. He’s a heavy hitter in the DC Universe and The Rock does look uncannily like him. Also confirmed is that a script for Shazam is done, but no director has yet been attached. Speculation is that this film is a 2016 or 2017 release. Hopefully DC will fill in the blanks on all those dates they reserved soon.
In the game of chicken DC and Marvel were playing with May 6, 2016, Marvel got its way. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 were both scheduled to open on that date and it was only a matter of time before one or the other hopped to a clear date. Batman v. Superman will now be coming out nearly three months earlier on March 26, 2016 where it’s only competition will be Brett Ratner’s remake of Beverly Hills Cop. (Bold Prediction: it will smush that film). Marvel’s stranglehold on the first weekend in May continues. Really it’s the sensible thing to do and fans are the winners as they get blockbusters spread out over the year rather than shotgunned at them in four weeks in May. Continue reading Batman v. Superman Has a New Release Date! DC’s Film Schedule Through 2020!→
Check out this write-up from Coming Soon that gives us THREE DC films a year starting in 2016 to begin building their film universe. The next two projects, according to the report, is a solo Captain Marvel/Shazam movie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (which I maintain cannot be done in a film). Interestingly enough, if we didn’t already not consider Batman v. Superman a sequel to Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2 is on the slate for 2018. Looks like we’re going to be seeing two Marvel films, three DC films and a Star Wars film every year by 2016. Just…WOW.
I wish I was good at fighting games. Going back to Street Fighter II in the arcade, I just suck. It’s not that I don’t like them. I just don’t have coordination enough to whip out ultra super hyper combos. This is especially a shame because Injustice Gods Among Us is a fighter right up my alley: comics. Not only does the game boast a roster of DC’s best heroes and villains, they’ve come up with a really strong story to drive the action. I’ve been reading the web comic that spins out of this alternate DC-verse and it’s a very dark, very Kingdom Come-esque apocalypse for the pantheon of icons. The game has extremely interactive stages from familiar locales like the Batcave and the Fortress of Solitude. I played the demo and Doomsday punched me THROUGH the Earth. Capital “E” for the entire planet. Check out the action when the game releases on April 16, 2013.
The confirmed roster so far:
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Cyborg, Ares, Bane, Black Adam, Catwoman, Hawkgirl, Harley Quinn, Joker, Deathstroke, Doomsday, Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, Killer Frost, Nightwing, Raven, and Shazam.