Yes, it seems this movie is still happening. With the dark demeanor of the DCEU, many a fan has thought this movie just couldn’t happen. But with Geoff Johns saying that he will bring “hope and optimism” to the cinematic universe he now champions, this update from Hiram Garcia, producer of this upcoming adaptation, seems very timely. In talking with comicbook.com, Garcia discussed the progress of the film, along with his personal connection with this character.
“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. The great thing with Shazam for me as a fan, 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 just knew of Shazam, you know the name, you knew the word, but I thought Alex Ross… He portrayed him and drew him in that epic kind of conflict that him and Superman ultimately had. It just made me look at Shazam in way like this is a bad motherf***er.”
So for all the people who bet this wasn’t happening, Ha! It seems you haven’t won yet! And to make this even better Hiram talked about how the movie would keep a similar atmosphere to that of the comics.
“Our take on that world is first and foremost, movies like that can be grounded and can have real stakes but can still be fun. That’s the place we always want it to come from. We have a character in Shazam that is a boy who is in this man’s body who is having the ultimate fulfillment that I think all comic book fans and everyone can associate with. Like, what if you wake up one day and you can just do all this great stuff? And then on the other side, you have this force of nature who is really anchored by what he lost in his family and that thread that he’s bringing with him throughout this journey. There’s a real grounding there. That combination of youth and enthusiasm and being in new to a world and then the place that Adam’s coming from. It makes for a great dynamic that not only allows us to have not only 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 talked about how the movie would be tonally, using the MCU as an example, and how the more positive tone of a Shazam movie would fit into the darker universe of the DCEU:
“Marvel has, everyone knows, really locked into that place where they’re able to tell you really grounded, rooted stories that have real repercussions and there’s a real wake that’s left after what’s done but while through the whole process they still acknowledge that, you have a blast while you’re watching that. 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! 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!”
It’s hard for one not to be uplifted by Garcia’s enthusiasm over this property. And his willingness to not f*** this up is always a good sign. And as for me, I was never really familiar with the Shazam character, besides the fact that he turns from a boy to a man, so now I am incredibly intrigued. And to top that all off, this movie may just be the ray of light the DCEU needs to may the darkness a bit more bearable.
So what do you think? Are you still anti-Shazam or have you joined me and Hiram on the Shazam party bus? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Shazam and other things in the world of movie news
Shazam comes to US theaters April 5th, 2019.