It looks like Warner Bros. has set a release date for Shazam! According to CB, the studio has set the release date for the film for April 5th, 2019. That's one month before Avengers: Infinity War is being released.
Shazam! is being directed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg and Zachary Levi is set to play the title character. I like what Sandberg has done with his previous films and I'm curious to see how he ends up handling the big screen adaptation of this classic DC comics character.
When talking about the film with EW, New Line president Toby Emmerich said the movie has "a tone unto itself" and added:
"It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies."
He went on to say that it "will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor." In the past, Levi likened it to Tom Hank's 80's comedy Big, saying:
“The hope is that it’s gonna feel like the movie ‘Big’, but with superpowers... So, you’re gonna have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you."
I know a lot of people are worried that Levi won't be able to cut it physically, but apparently, he's been working his ass off. He's also taking in about 4,000 calories per day to help in his efforts. As I've said before, if Chris Pratt could bulk up for Star-Lord, Levi will be able to bulk up for Shazam!
The film also stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a young boy who has the power to turn into an adult superhero. Other cast members include Jack Dylan Grazer (IT), who is taking on the role of Billy’s best friend Freddy Freeman, and Mark Strong will play the villain, Doctor Thaddeus Sivana.
Are you excited about Shazam! or are you worried that the studio and the director are going to drop the ball?