Way back in January of last year, I noticed a very distinct trend over in the DC Extended Universe. Much was being said about the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Cyborg. Heck, there were even some rumors surrounding the eventual Green Lantern Corps flick. The CW had launched the Dawn of the Justice League special, which outlined the budding universe, but noticeably absent from it all was Shazam.
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While not necessarily DC’s most well known character, the studio had, years prior, locked down Dwayne Johnson himself to take on the role of Black Adam. Why would they sign on such a talent if they were just going to let the project languish? It’s been about a year since, and little has changed. Sure, we got the occasional update of producer Hiram Garcia pretty much saying they were figuring things out, but as the DCEU began to take shape — in a very public, and not-so-crowd-pleasing way — some began to question whether there would actually still be room for Shazam.
Well, we have another update for you from Garcia once again, who took to Twitter to tease “big things” (via Batman News).
Of course, the tweet is all sorts of vague, but it at least rekindles the idea that this project is far from dead. Plus, given the fact that the DCEU seems to be in desperate need of a new direction, this could be exactly the kind of medicine they need to restore audience faith.
I still maintain that a cool direction to go would have been to nix the character of Billy Batson altogether, have Black Adam take on the Justice League in one of the movies, only to have him reformed and legitimately take on the mantle of Shazam alongside the good guys for Justice League 2. However, considering Justice League’s villain is confirmed as Steppenwolf, you can likely throw that idea out the window. Plus, it’s no secret that the way they’re approaching Shazam is distinctly different from the rest of the DCEU, and as such, one has to wonder whether or not it will directly link up with the DCEU at all.
Only time will tell on that front.
What do you think of Garcia’s tweet? What kind of developments do you think are bubbling behind the scenes? How would you like Shazam to be incorporated into the DCEU? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCES: Hiram Garcia (via Batman News)