Shazam! will be directed by David Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation), for Warner Bro.’s sister division New Line, and will be part of the DC Cinematic Universe. The film may begin shooting January or February and may be released in 2019.
Shazam! follows a young boy who turns into Earth’s mightiest mortal. Black Adam played by Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the film, but Johnson is still attached to star and produce the Black Adam spinoff. Black Adam and Shazam! are developing concurrently.
“New Line is high on Sandberg, whom it proudly sees as a homegrown talent. The Swede was making horror shorts in is apartment using his iPhone when one of them caught the eye of the studio, which then adapted it into the 2016 surprise hit, Lights Out, which he directed. That led to the company putting him on the Annabelle sequel, which screened to a standing room only crowd in San Diego as part of the fan-tastic festivities at Comic-Con. New Line has also been holding sold out preview screenings around the country”
The DCEU seems to be turning a corner. Earlier this week two DC movies were added to the 2020 calendar, Suicide Squad 2 is closing in on a director, and Wonder Woman‘s success has kickstarted the treatment for the sequel. Flash is still delayed due to a lack of director and script, but new news may drop at SDCC. Joss Whedon is currently working on Justice League on behalf of Zack Snyder, which means plans for Batgirl will be slightly delayed.
The DCEU’s plans will become clearer as we go deeper into SDCC.