– by Joseph Jammer Medina

DC’s plan is in a constant state of flux. While Marvel has made minor adjustments to their “Phases” after announcing them, especially Phase 3 which has seen the dropping of an Inhumans film (in favor of a TV show) and the addition of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp, DC’s plan seems to change week to week. The list of films we saw officially on the books at San Diego Comic Con was missing major titles previously announced, and since Comic Con DC has announced even more films, including more than one centered around the Joker. Currently, Justice League is set for release this November and Aquaman is in production, but otherwise actual developments have been quiet at DC, with more announcements coming than actual momentum.

Well, DC finally has another movie officially in pre-production, and it’s actually the one they recently said would be next, Shazam! The script must be in good shape, the film has a director in David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out), and pre-production officially began today. Sandberg commemorated day one of pre-production with a very revealing Instagram post:

Day 1

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Okay, so it’s more akin to Ron Howard’s early posts from the Han Solo movie involving trash cans and craft services, but Howard ramped-up from that to official looks at Chewbacca and Donald Glover sporting the Lando-stache, so maybe Sandberg will step it up in future weeks and show us some better behind-the-scenes goodies.

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No matter the content of the image, or how much Coke paid to be a part of it (I’m joking… hopefully), it is great that DC finally has something started after Aquaman, because I was afraid that with the luck they were having with writers and directors, they’d never start another project! DC already has over a year-sized gap in their release schedule with Aquaman not set for release until December 21, 2018, thirteen months after Justice League, whereas Marvel is now pumping out three movies a year. So, good on ya’, DC. Let’s keep ‘em coming!

Shazam hits the big screen on April 5, 2019.

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SOURCE: David F. Sandberg (via Instagram)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.