One of the most mysterious superhero/comic book movie projects currently in the pipeline over at DC and Warner Bros. is Shazam!, which after the film’s initial reveal has so far, only cast The Rock as Black Adam in terms of its major announcements or creative team involved. From the sounds of it though, based on The Rock’s previous comments, Shazam! sounds like a project much more separate from the other Justice League movies in the DCCU that will be coming out over the next few years, which makes the movie one of DC’s most interesting projects as well.
While recently speaking with Comicbook.com as well, Hiram Garcia, one of the film’s producers and one of The Rock’s long time collaborators, gave an update on the film’s status, and where the script for the film is currently at as well:
“We’re a good way into development. We’re expecting a next draft soon which I think is really gonna put us in the zone that we’re hoping for.”
The producer also spoke briefly on some of the adaptation’s biggest comic book influences, teasing one specific Alex Ross story that he holds close to his heart still:
“There’s a great opportunity between [Black Adam and Shazam]. I was always a fan of Superman and his mythology as I grew up. I remember it was Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come that was the first time that ever made me look at Shazam just differently. I always knew of Shazam but I thought Alex Ross portrayed him and drew him in a badass epic way that helped support the epic conflict him and Superman had. It just made me look at Shazam and think ‘This is a bad motherf—er!'”
He’s certainly right when it comes to both Black Adam and Shazam’s potential to be onscreen titans in their own rights, and the way that they are able to hold their own with characters like Superman in the comic books as well. But with that intensity and power, Garcia also sees the potential to inject a lot of humor and fun as well, which is strange, but comforting to hear from a DC movie producer:
“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 that doesn’t mean they can’t be a blast. That’s the space we always wanted to live in. We have a character in Shazam, 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? Then on the other side, you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and he’s bringing that with him throughout this journey. There’s a real grounding there. That combination of Shazam’s youth and enthusiasm while being introduced to a whole new world coupled with the dark history of Black Adam makes for a great dynamic. It allows us to not only have 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.”
You don’t know how nice it feels to hear a producer call their comic book movie fun, until you realize the absence of it, and it sounds like Garcia is completely willing to give Marvel credit for what they’ve done right with their adaptations up until this point as well:
“Marvel has really locked into the ability to tell you really grounded, rooted stories that have real repercussions and there’s a real wake that’s left after what’s the done but while through the whole process they still acknowledge that, and you have a blast while you’re watching. They find the moments where you’re constantly having fun and you’re able to go on the ride and that’s the place we’re gonna be playing in.”
In case you couldn’t tell how excited Garcia is about the project already either…
“I promise you dude, we’re not gonna f— this up! My vision is so clear for this story and this movie. As story tellers, you sometimes get on projects but this has always been a priority. I’ve been carrying the Black Adam torch for so many years before we finally locked it in and I’m telling you we’re gonna knock this thing out of the park. It’s gonna be a blast and it’s gonna be a dope ride, so get ready!”
All I’m gonna say is that I can see why Garcia and The Rock have gotten along so well up until this point, it sounds like they may share the same talent to create hype around their projects like very few other people in the industry can. But all in all, this right here, along with Geoff Johns’ recent comments about hope and optimism, make me very happy and confident in the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe. Who doesn’t want to see a Shazam! movie that not only kicks ass, but has fun doing it at the same time? Why else cast The Rock?
Shazam! is set to hit theatres April 4th, 2019.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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