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Published On: Tue, May 31st, 2016

‘Shazam’ story is most important, says producer, but expect ‘grounded, real stakes and still be fun’

With Batman V Superman in the books and Wonder Woman’s standalone film on the way, fans can look ahead, way beyond the first Justice League film. In fact, producer Hiram Garcia offered Comicbook.com an update for fans on Shazam, a film not arriving until 2019.

“We kind of floated some names around [for casting Shazam] but nothing is locked in. Right now, the focus, the sole focus is getting the story right. Getting the story really, really good and then the rest will be able to fall in line.”

black-adam-and-shazam-headerDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is signed as the villain, Black Adam, but the DC Comics title centers on young Billy Batson, who finds himself gifted with the power of the wizard Shazam to fight against the forces of evil. With the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury, he is the holder of the power of S.H.A.Z.A.M; he is Captain Marvel.

Garcia further added that the film will emphasize a fun tone.

“That whole world, as well as Black Adam as you start looking into Black Adam, so our take on that world is first and foremost, movies like that can be grounded and can have real stakes but can still be fun,” Garcia explained. “That’s the place we always want it to come from.”

“We have a character in Shazam that is a boy who is in this man’s body who is having the ultimate fulfillment that I think all comic book fans and everyone can associate with. Like, what if you wake up one day and you can just do all this great stuff? And then on the other side, you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and that thread that he’s bringing with him throughout this journey. There’s a real grounding there. That combination of youth and enthusiasm and being in new to a world and then the place that Adam’s coming from. It makes for a great dynamic that not only allows us to have not only real stakes, real story, and real emotion, but a ton of fun in the process. There’s no reason that there should ever be a version of this story told that’s devoid of that. That’s our goal in doing this: following the path of the films that have been coming out and have done such a good job.”

There is no director for the script by Bill Birch and Geoff Johns. Shazam will arrive in theaters on April 5, 2019.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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