– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Warner Bros. has announced that Shazam, their next superhero film following this year’s Aquaman, has a release date — April 5, 2019.

With Aquaman hitting theaters on December 21 of this year, this makes the time in between each film around three-and-a-half months — which isn’t half bad considering we had virtually no information about the DC slate past 2018. With Suicide Squad 2 rumored to be the next film to hit production this year, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if, before long, we heard that it would be the next film to hit in 2019, bringing back DC’s two-per-year film pattern.

While the film has been rumored to have that release date for some time, this is the first real confirmation of it, and that really drives home the idea that they’re making good progress.

Shazam is set to be helmed by horror director David F. Sandberg. Sandberg made a splash with his film Lights Out and proved that his success there wasn’t a fluke with Annabelle: Creation, which was a superior film to the original Annabelle. Though just because he’s a horror director, don’t expect him to bring in horror elements for this one, as he’s made it perfectly clear that the lighthearted nature of the premise will remain intact.

The film stars Zachary Levi in the lead role, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, and Ian Chen.

So despite the speed bump that was Justice League late last year, it sounds like Warner Bros. is moving right ahead with their DC films, and will be in full swing starting in 2019.

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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.