The DC Universe is in kind of a weird place at the moment. Justice League was supposed to be great to keep the movies in motion frequently, but even after being a step in the right direction, the movie did not do as well WB would have liked at the Box Office and even with the critics. It has made $656 Million at the worldwide Box office. It was also claimed to be better than Batman V Superman by the critics, and the fans absolutely loved it. DC have their hopes high for their upcoming movie Shazam!
The upcoming DC movie slate is not as clear as it was a while ago because there are going to be a lot of changes in the plans from now on. Till now, we only have confirmation for Aquaman, which is set to come out on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2, coming out on November 1, 2019, Shazam!, coming out on April 5, 2019, Suicide Squad 2, in 2020 along with Flashpoint. Rest all the movies that are currently “under development” are The Batman, Man of Steel 2, Black Adam, Deathstroke, Joker and Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Justice League Dark, Green Lantern Corps and Cyborg but none of them have any sort of release dates confirmed just yet.
Since WB was trying to go very quickly in order to catch up with Marvel, everything was too clumsy, and the movies were not as good as they could get them to be. Now clearly, WB are looking to slow things down and focus more on the projects that are important and more popular among the fans, than the like likes if Batgirl, Lobo and others. As Wonder Woman was the only success that DC had, and they have failed 4 times, we have to hope that everything is spot on from Aquaman and further.
After Aquaman, we have got Shazam! straight up, coming out just 5 months later. It began production just last month and now we have the first look at the costume of Shazam. Just a few days ago, we got a look at Zachary Levi in his costume from the back, but it was not fully visible, as we could only see the cape, and that looked pretty cool and just like the one in the comics.
Now, we have a front look for Shazam in his Super suit that we got from a set photo, and it looks really amazing. It is as comic accurate as we could get. From the Symbol, to the Costume design, everything is just perfect and the costume designer seems to have nailed it with this design. Director David Sandberg revealed earlier that the suit took its inspiration from the Shazam we saw in Justice League War, and the Logo is pretty similar to that. And as we can see, it is pretty similar to the suit in Justice League War and at the same time, it is comic accurate.
Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
Shazam! will hit the theatres on April 5, 2019. It is directed by David F. Sandberg and it stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”), Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”), Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”).