New ‘Shazam!’ Movie Details Emerge; Film To Exist In DCEU

Back in 2014, it was announced that a Shazam! movie was in the works, and would star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Since then, details on the project have been scarce; now, however, courtesy of an interview conducted by Newsweek, we have new details on the movie.

First off, Shazam! producer Dany Garcia confirmed that the film takes place in the DC Extended Universe, saying;

“Shazam! is to live in the same world [as the other films] but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors… it’s a different set-up.”

The success or failure of the other DC films doesn’t seem to affect the approach of Shazam!. Garcia said:

“We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to.”

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Garcia also talked about how the character of Shazam will fit into the cinematic universe.

“It needs to be of  the world. You’ve got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you’re going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with [Shazam!] we’ll fit nicely within the world that’s been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. [It’ll be] enough that people say, ‘Oh, this is within the family,’ but the culture will be a little different.”

Lastly, the producer gave word on how far into the filmmaking process they are right now, saying;

“We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part. We don’t mind taking our time. We’re being very careful with each act and scene to go back and layer in as much as possible.”

How do you feel about the Shazam! film existing in the same universe as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and all the other DCEU films? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.

Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

Source: Newsweek

Aric Sweeny
Aric Sweeny
Monkeys Fighting Robots Assistant Editor-in-Chief. Along with my work here, I'm a staff writer for Enthusiast Gaming. I have a passion for entertainment media. Follow me on Twitter to talk all things pop culture!