Shazam Confirmed To Be Apart Of The DC Films Universe(DCEU)

The Shazam! film will indeed be a part of DC Films universe(DCEU). He will be joining the likes of The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, and others, so it's safe to say that they won't lose Billy Batson showing up!

Speaking to Newsweek, Dany Garcia, who is Dwayne Johnson's producing manager, explained that she and Johnson aren’t worried about the audience reaction to recent DC efforts because they will be heavily involved in the film on all fronts. Dwayne and Garcia will co-produce Shazam! through their Seven Bucks Productions company alongside New Line Cinema, a division of WB.
Garcia explains: “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.

“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.” So this film will mostly be in Johnson and Co.'s control which for a lot of people will put them at ease.

Now for the good stuff, Garcia confirmed that Billy Batson, Shazam, and his arch-nemesis Black Adam, played by Johnson, will indeed by a part of the film world of Justice League.

“It needs to be of the world,” says Garcia. “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.”

Since Johnson announced his participation in the project in 2014 (although he has been talking about the film for nearly a decade now) there has been little development announced, such as other principal castings, or even a director.

Garcia gave an update as to where they are at in making the film.“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,” Garcia says. “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.”

The producer expands: “We’ve got so many wonderful superhero franchises out there… we don’t need to run away from them and say ‘we can’t be that,’ but it’s important to understand what are the best aspects of a Batman [movie] versus Avengers versus Deadpool? What are the elements people are responding to? We want to move the needle.”

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, Harley Quinn spinoff, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.

Source: Newsweek

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