– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Dwayne Johnson has been attached to the DC Extended Universe to play Black Adam for roughly 17,000 years, and yet despite the studio having him locked down to play Shazam’s adversary, they’ve been suspiciously mum on who would be playing the actual hero, Shazam in the film of the same name. Based on the beginnings of the DC Extended Universe, I had hoped that they’d nix Billy Batson altogether, in favor of Black Adam taking on the mantle of Shazam, but that whole theory has recently been shot down.

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It sounds like director David F. Sandberg fully intends to let Shazam be a story about a kid with the ability to turn into a superhuman adult. Of course, with this being the case, the director needs to cast not one, but two leads — one as Billy Batson, and one with his alter ego Shazam himself. When asked by ET as to when we can expect a casting announcement, the helmer was mum, saying “Hopefully soon.”

It’s a bit of a disappointment that we won’t get the announcement sooner. With every other property out there, we’ve known well in advance who we could expect in front of the camera, and this oddly seems to be the one outlier. However, if you were concerned about the faithfulness of this film, as well as the passion from a director who has his origins in horror, fret not. It sounds like he knows what’s up.

“To be honest, it was not a superhero I grew up with either. When I grew up in Sweden, there wasn’t a lot of Shazam around. So it’s someone who I’ve learned to love later in life as well, so I can relate to [people who are] new to Shazam. I think [it] might be a good thing that I’m doing it, because I know what you need to learn.”

He has a good point there. Realistically speaking, Shazam isn’t a hero that a lot of non-comic book fans know about. As such, it’ll be beneficial to have someone who knows the core aspects that clicked with him, and what aspects of the character are necessary to actually make him appealing to mass audiences.

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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.