Ever since a big meeting last week week, where DC CCO Geoff Johns sat with megastar Dwayne Johnson and producers Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn to discuss the future of the DC Extended Universe and see where Shazam! fits into things, there's been new buzz building around the film. Johnson has been attached to flick for two years now, having signed on to play Black Adam, and he's now feeling very confident about the project. Something that may very well be adding to his confidence is that Warner Bros. may hire a longtime collaborator of his to helm Shazam!
According to a rumor, started by Batman-News, Johns may tap Brad Peyton to direct Shazam!
Peyton and Johnson have worked together on Journey 2, San Andreas, and are set to make Journey 3, San Andreas 2, and Rampage together. So it's quite clear that Johnson loves what Peyton brings to the table. He likely thinks Peyton is capable of bringing a feeling of "Hope, optimism, and FUN" to the DCEU, as he put it in an Instagram post after last week's big DC meeting.
So what is Batman-News basing this all on, aside from Johnson and Peyton seemingly loving working together? They caught wind of the fact that Johns started following Peyton, Garcia, and producer Flynn right after the meeting.
Is it possible that that's all purely coincidental? Sure. So take this all with a grain of salt.
But still, it definitely seems like something that's firmly in the realm of possibility. Peyton and Johnson clearly have an affinity for one another, and Peyton has shown that he can make profitable "big" event films that are filled with action, comedy, and spectacle. He's also known to not take things too seriously and to bring a lighthearted touch to things. Could be a perfect fit for the kind of Shazam! Johnson seemingly hopes to make.
How would you feel about Peyton directing Shazam!?
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