The DC Extended Universe has opened up with Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and now Suicide Squad. There have definitely been mixed reviews in a huge battle of critics vs fans.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. announced their big slate of movies back in 2014, with ambitious projects in the works such as the highly anticipated Wonder Woman film and the Justice League movie, which I will clarify, will be nothing like The Avengers. Let those comparisons stop right here.
In 2014, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his frequent film production partner Danny Garcia announced he would portray the iconic DC supervillain, or anti-hero as many like to call him – Black Adam. This is supposed to take place in the 2019 film Shazam! which will feature the character of the same name. He was previously known as Captain Marvel, but due to Marvel’s own copyrights over the use of the world Marvel, it was eventually scrapped by Geoff Johns.
While speaking to Newsweek, Garcia explained that she and Johnson aren’t worried about the mixed and negative reactions to this year’s DC projects because they will be front and centre throughout the film’s entire production. Shazam! has been linked to New Line Cinema (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.) for some time, and this left confusion in the minds of fans, as to whether or not these characters would be connected to the DCEU.
Garcia spoke on the matter at hand:
“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.”
Based on what we’ve heard, we can expect Shazam and Black Adam to co-exist in the same shared universe as the other members of the Justice League., and possible even be alongside them in DC’s second Justice League film scheduled for the same year.
“It needs to be of the world,” says Garcia. “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.”
The Rock has been tied to Black Adam since the early 2000s, and has expressed his admiration for the character year after year. One of Hollywood’s most influential people on the entire globe is one of the main reasons this film has even been discussed at Warner Bros. He’s been a huge fan of the character for a long time, and if Ryan Reynolds and Ben Affleck are any indication, popular movie stars who are already big fans of a character tend to perform very well and in sync with the character.
“We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part,” Garcia says. “We don’t mind taking our time. We’re being very careful with each act and scene to go back and layer in as much as possible. We’ve got so many wonderful superhero franchises out there… we don’t need to run away from them and say ‘we can’t be that,’ but it’s important to understand what are the best aspects of a Batman [movie] versus Avengers versus Deadpool? What are the elements people are responding to? We want to move the needle.”
Shazam! is set to release on April 5, 2019.