The mythical powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury have combined to carve out a release date for DC’s Shazam movie at last.
Warner Bros announced on Friday (January 12) that David F. Sandberg’s superhero movie will be dropping in the US on April 5, 2019, as had long been expected (via The Hollywood Reporter).
DC had previously staked that date for an untitled DCEU project, with fans swiftly speculating that it would be the most logical place to open Shazam.
Sandberg has the responsibility of bringing to life a beloved hero with a devoted fanbase that dates all the way back to the early 1940s, when Fawcett Comics created the then-Captain Marvel.
In this live-action version, Disney’s 15-year-old Andi Mack star Asher Angel will have his big-screen breakthrough as Billy Batson, an orphan who is transformed into an adult superhero by a mysterious wizard.
The adult version, called Shazam, will be played by Zachary Levi, who many comic book fans will know well from his role as the Asgardian warrior Fandral in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok.
Kingsman‘s Mark Strong, who also has comics experience from playing Sinestro in the best-forgotten Green Lantern, is looking for another go around in the DC Universe as Shazam’s nemesis, the mad scientist Dr Sivana.
While a release has now been set, don’t expect any sneak peeks any time soon. Director David F. Sandberg broke the news to fans last week that DC wants him to keep the film’s behind-the-scenes progress a secret for now.
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