Last year, before Warner Bros. announced its DC Cinematic Universe lineup, a Shazam film was one of the first movies to be confirmed, along with Justice League and Aquaman. However, it was later announced that Shazam would not hit theaters until April 5th, 2019, despite a screenwriter being hired and Dwayne Johnson being cast as Black Adam. So, it seems to be further along in development than, say, The Flash, which is coming out a year sooner and only has its lead actor attached. And now, Johnson suggests that we could indeed see Shazam earlier than expected.
Speaking with MTV at the Oscars this weekend, Johnson revealed that, with progress moving along smoothly, the film may debut sooner than what been “predicted.” “You know, it may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted.The script is coming in, it’s great. The support from the studio has been great.” He then reaffirms that Black Adam “starts off as bad guy, turns into an anti-hero. We can make him vicious; a little bit of winking charm.” Finally, Johnson says he doesn’t know who is being considered to play the titular hero of the film, Billy Batson/Shazam.
The idea of Shazam coming out sooner than 2019 is surely an exciting one. Hopefully, this will happen. Stay tuned for more as we have it.