Producer Talks How the Shazam! Film Fits Into the DCEU

Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 9:57AM
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Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 9:57AM
Producer Talks How the Shazam! Film Fits Into the DCEU
Some of the first casting news of the DCEU was for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Black Adam, and it seem pretty clear that WB just wanted to grab him before the competition did, because Shazam!, which doesn't even release until April 2019, hasn't even casted its titular hero yet. With Johnson's ability and popularity, this was likely a wise choice, but it's certainly left a lot of Shazam fans impatient.

Every few months or so, however, someone provides somewhat of an update on the film. This time, it was producer Dany Garcia, and he was able to talk a bit about the film's relationship to the larger DCEU in recent interview with BDM:

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Shazam! is to live in the same world (as the other films), but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors…it's a different set-up.

We don't feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation-that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to.

It needs to be of the world. You've got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you're going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with (Shazam!) we'll fit nicely within the world that's been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. (It'll be) enough that people say, 'Oh, this is within the family,' but the culture will be a little different.
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It's definitely going to take some time to get the tone right for this one, as though the DCEU seems to have somewhat of a more grounded approach that their competitors over at the MCU, Shazam is essentially a ten year old boy that turns into a muscly thunder god when he says a magic word. His immaturity and fun are half of what make him so fun to read about in the comics, and so the film will absolutely need to capitalize on that to replicate the appeal of the character.

Geoff Johns has done the most recent work with the character during his Justice League run, so it's likely that he'll be involved in some way with the production of Shazam! as well (and if he isn't involved, he should be). From the looks of it, Shazam! will fit into the DCEU's phase two and the titular hero will likely join in on a Justice League sequel, should one be made. With the money the franchise has bringing in, however, that seems to be a given at this point, though the company's films haven't fared quite as well with critics. If a JL sequel doesn't happen, how will we ever get to see those beautiful interactions between Shazam and Cyborg from the comics?

Hopefully, the creative team's goals are met and Shazam! turns out to be one of the surprise hits of the DCEU. Seeing as how it will be the first DCEU film not being made by Warner Bros itself (New Line was put in control of this one), being free of WB executives interference could let Shazam! be a big breakout. Maybe then, WB would learn their lesson, quit rushing things just to make money faster, and let the filmmakers realize their vision without input from reactionaries.

Shazam is set for a release on April 5th, 2019.
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