Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Producer Talks ‘Shazam!’ Movie

Besides knowing that The Rock would be portraying Black Adam in DC’s upcoming Shazam! film, virtaully nothing is known about the film. In fact, many believed that the film had not begun drafting stages. Recently Johnson’s producer, who is an avid superhero fan, commented on the status of the film. She revealed,

“We’re a good way into development. We’re expecting a next draft soon which I think is really gonna put us in the zone that we’re hoping for.”

So, not only has writing already begun, but the film will soon have a second draft. Although the film is scheduled for 2019 at the moment, Johnson has already teased that it could come out sooner, and this does align with those comments.

Further explaining her anticipation for the project, Garcia said,

“There’s a great opportunity between [Black Adam and Shazam]. I was always a fan of Superman and his mythology as I grew up. I remember it was Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come that was the first time that ever made me look at Shazam just differently. I always knew of Shazam but I thought Alex Ross portrayed him and drew him in a badass, epic way that helped support the epic conflict him and Superman had. It just made me look at Shazam and think ‘This is a bad motherf—er!'”

After Batman v Superman recieved negative comments regarding the heavier tone, many have wondered if the rest of the DCEU would adapt the same feel, even if the characters are full of one-liners. Garcia says this is not the case with Shazam!, which will be a more fun movie,

“That whole world of Shazam and Black Adam is filled with so much great potential. Our take  on that world is first and foremost about bad ass fun. Movies like that can of course be grounded with real stakes but it doesn’t mean they can’t be a blast. That’s the space we always wanted to live in. We have a character in Shazam, a boy in a man’s body, having the ultimate in wish fulfillment that I think all comic book fans and fans in general can appreciate. What if you wake up one day and you can just do all this great stuff? Then on the other side, you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and he’s bringing that with him throughout this journey. There’s a real grounding there. That combination of Shazam’s youth and enthusiasm while being introduced to a whole new world coupled with the dark history of Black Adam makes for a great dynamic. It allows us to not only have real stakes, real story, and real emotion, but a ton of fun in the process. There’s no reason that there should ever be a version of this story told that’s devoid of that. That’s our goal in doing this: following the path of the films that have been coming out and have done such a good job.”

Garcia also mentions that Shazam! may tap into Marvel’s formula a bit,

“Marvel has really locked into the ability to tell you really grounded, rooted stories that have real repercussions and there’s a real wake that’s left after what’s the done but while through the whole process they still acknowledge that, and you have a blast while you’re watching,” Garcia says, before going on to highlight the “banter,” and “Dialogue.” “They find the moments where you’re constantly having fun and you’re able to go on the ride and that’s the place we’re gonna be playing in. I promise you dude, we’re not gonna f— this up!” Garcia enthusiastically assures us all. “My vision is so clear for this story and this movie. As story tellers, you sometimes get on projects but this has always been a priority. I’ve been carrying the Black Adam torch for so many years before we finally locked it in and I’m telling you we’re gonna knock this thing out of the park. It’s gonna be a blast and it’s gonna be a dope ride, so get ready!”