Shazam! is an upcoming American superhero movie based on the character of the same name DC Comics. Produced by New Line Cinema, it is destined to be the seventh installment of DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by David F.
Sandberg with a screenplay by Henry Gayden and a story by Gayden and Darren Lemke, the film stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenager who can be transformed through the magic word “Shazam” into an adult Superhero , played by Zachary Levi.
Shazam! he also has Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans and Djimon Hounsou as supporting characters. It will be the first film version of the character since the 1941 series adventures of Captain Marvel (the original name of the character) and will be the first feature film centered on the character.
Development of a live action Shazam! The film began on New Line in the early 2000s, but languished in the hell of development for many years.
The film went into pre-production in 2008 with director Peter Segal and writer John August, and Dwayne Johnson considered the star as the villain Black Adam, but the project failed.
William Goldman, Alec Sokolow, Joel Cohen, Bill Birch and Geoff Johns, among others, joined the project as writers at various points. The film was officially announced in 2014, with Johnson as the protagonist of Shazam or Black Adam.
Later, it will be broadcast in January 2017 to lead a solo development project for Black Adam. Sandberg signed to direct Shazam! in February 2017 and Levi was elected that October with Angel joining the following month.
The main photography began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on January 29, 2018, with most of the film shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios and finished on May 11, 2018.
Shazam! It is scheduled for release in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D on April 5, 2019.
- Directed By: David F. Sandberg
- Produced By: Peter Safran
- Screenplay By: Henry Gayden
- Story By: Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke
Billy Batson, a 14-year-old orphan with problems living in Philadelphia, is ready to move into a new foster home (his seventh consecutive) with the Vázquez family and their other five foster children. One day, Billy gets into a subway car and is transported to a different realm where a former magician gives him the power to transform into a divine adult superhero by pronouncing the word “Shazam!” Billy and his new adoptive brother, Freddy Freeman, must learn what Billy’s new powers are and how to use them to prevent the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from exercising his own powers.
Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as William “Billy” Batson (Shazam):
A child who was given powers by an ancient magician and transformed into an adult with superpowers when he speaks the name of the sorcerer. Shazam’s powers include superhuman strength on par with Superman, super-speed and flight. David Kohlsmith will play a young William “Billy” Batson.
Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana):
a successful and twisted inventor and industrialist as the boss of Sivana Industries. He himself had been summoned by Wizard Shazam as a child, but he was not chosen as his champion, which led Sivana to spend his life trying to discover the secrets of magic through science.
Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” (Freeman):
Billy’s adoptive brother and best friend, a disabled superhero enthusiast who is the only person who knows he is Shazam.
Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield:
Billy’s adopted sister in her new home, the “den mother” who helps care for other children.
- Ian Chen as Eugene Choi: Billy’s adoptive brother in his new home, a child of good taste who enjoys technology and non-fiction.
- Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña: Billy’s adoptive brother in his new home, a shy and sensitive child.
- Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley: Billy’s younger sister in her new home, an energetic and effusive girl.
- Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez: The adoptive father of the group house where Billy and his friends live.
- Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez: The adoptive mother of the group home where Billy and his friends live.
- Djimon Hounsou as Shazam (the magician): an old magician who grants his powers to Billy Batson so that he can magically transform himself into an adult superhero.
Lotta Losten and Ross Butler have been chosen in undisclosed roles. The film also features Andi Osho as a social worker, Ms. Glover, and Natalia Safran as Venus Sivana, wife of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. A character from David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out movie of 2016 will make an appearance.
New Line Cinema began the development of a Shazam! Live action movie in the early 2000s, with several script drafts by William Goldman, the team of Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, Bryan Goluboff and John August.
The shazam version! The script written by August, which entered preproduction in 2008, was an action comedy that focused on the original story of the hero, then known by his original name of Captain Marvel, and his young alter ego, Billy Batson.
Peter Segal joined as a director and actor Dwayne Johnson was in talks to appear as the villain of the film, Black Adam. The Shazam! The film was produced by New Line Cinema, which was absorbed by Warner Bros. during the course of development.
After the success of Warman’s Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and the commercial failure of his lightest and most familiar Speed Racer during the summer of 2008, August withdrew from the project due to studio pressure to make the script it was darker and more serious.
In the summer of 2009, Bill Birch and Geoff Johns, a leading DC Comics writer, were assigned to write the script, while Segal remained as director.
In August 2010, the study considered canceling the theatrical movie in favor of a series of live action for prime time television.
In December 2013, Segal declared that the film would not be happening, since the similarities between Captain Marvel and Superman had become an obstacle after the successful launch of Man of Steel.
While developing in the Shazam! the movie was in limbo, DC Comics restarted the comic franchise as part of its relaunch of New 52 in 2012.
Due to the ongoing conflicts of trademarks with Marvel Comics, which owned the trademark of “Captain Marvel” for use with his own character of the same name, DC changed the name of his superhero character Captain Marvel “Shazam” at this time.
DC has always had to market and promote the character with the trademark Shazam! since he acquired the publishing rights of Fawcett Comics in 1972.
Captain Marvel originated in Fawcett in 1939, but fell into limbo after 1953 after a long legal battle with DC over the similarities of Captain Marvel with Superman.
Before Production of Shazam!
In August of 2017, director David F. Sandberg declared that the film would be the next film to be shot in the DC universe, and by the end of the month, preproduction had begun. In October 2017, cinematographer Maxime Alexandre and production designer Jennifer Spence, who previously worked with Sandberg on Annabelle: Creation, were added to the production. The following month, Aquaman’s specialist coordinator, Kyle Gardiner, was hired to work on the film’s action sequences. On January 12, 2018 the release date of the film was officially announced.
Casting in Shazam!
In September of 2014, Dwayne Johnson was ready to represent Black Adam in the film, but in July of 2017 he had left the project to pursue a solo movie by Black Adam.
In August of 2017, the casting process for Shazam and other characters for the movie had begun. Sandberg had declared in an interview that, instead of canceling the aging of an actor using special effects or CGI, he would choose a child actor and an adult actor for the role of the main character.
Zachary Levi, John Cena, Zane Holtz, Jake McDorman, Derek Theler and Billy Magnussen met and / or auditioned for Sandberg for the role of Shazam. In October of 2017, Levi was chosen for the titular paper.
In November, Grace Fulton joined the cast as Mary Bromfield, one of Billy Batson’s foster sisters. Fulton returns to work with the director after Annabelle: Creation. Later that month, Mark Strong was in final negotiations to play Dr. Sivana. The British actor confirmed that he will play the role in January 2018.
In November of 2017, Asher Angel was chosen as the alter ego of the infantile age of the titular hero, Billy Batson.
In December, Jack Dylan Grazer was chosen as Freddy Freeman, Batson’s best friend. Later that month, Jovan Armand, Ian Chen, Faithe Herman and Cooper Andrews were chosen as Pedro Peña, Eugene Choi and Darla Dudley, while Andrews will play Víctor Vázquez, Batson’s adoptive father. By January 2018, Ron Cephas Jones entered into talks to play the role of the magician Shazam, who grants his powers to Batson.
That same month, the Spanish actress Marta Milans joined the cast to play one of the adoptive parents in the house where Billy lives. At the end of January 2018, actress Lotta Losten revealed that she has a role in the film.
On April 23, 2018, it was announced that Ross Butler had joined the cast. In July, it was announced that Djimon Hounsou had replaced Jones as magician Shazam during filming, because Jones had programming conflicts. Henry Cavill was in talks to reprise his role as Superman from previous DCEU films for a cameo, but could not because of scheduling conflicts.
Filming of Shazam!
Main photography for Shazam! It began in Toronto and Hamilton, in Ontario, Canada, on January 29, 2018, under the title of Franklin’s work, and was scheduled to conclude in mid-May 2018.
The film is developed primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is established firmly within the DCEU. Most of the production was filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios and also took place in several public places in the city, such as the University of Toronto and the Woodbine Shopping Center.
At the beginning of March 2018, filming took place at the Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto. In early May 2018, Asher Angel, among other young cast members, finished filming his part.
The main photograph was completed on May 11, 2018. Additional photographs were taken in Toronto between November and December 2018. The images of the skyline and the aerial shots, as well as other location work, were also filmed in the city of Philadelphia in December 2018.
Michel Aller, the two-time collaborator of David F. Sandberg, is the editor of Shazam. Technicolor Mr. X’s VFX studio, known for The Shape of Water and Tron: Legacy, will provide visual effects. Moving Picture Company (MPC) will also work on the VFX for the film.