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Aside from Aquaman, another DC project that everyone is waiting for is Shazam! starring Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel. We know that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be playing Black Adam for the DCEU, but he won’t be appearing in this movie. As it turns out, he’s still connected to the film, but not in a role that you would think.
Warner Bros. reveals that the Rock is still attached to the movie as an executive producer, but I’m still not convinced that he won’t be present in the movie in some form. Seeing that Black Adam is tied to the origin of Captain Marvel, I bet we’ll get to see the Rock make a brief cameo as Adam.
In the comics, Adam was one of the first mortals chosen to wield the power of Shazam, but like every bad guy, he got corrupted and had to be locked away somewhere. Billy Batson was then chosen to succeed him as Captain Marvel many years later. I have a feeling that the Wizard character will be explaining the story of Adam at the same time he gives Batson his powers.
Besides all that, we also have an official synopsis for the Shazam! that paints Mark Strong’s Dr. Sivana as the main villain. Check it out:
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).
We don’t really get that much of the story, but based on the tone, Shazam! is going to be a lighthearted romp for the DCEU. After the fiasco of Justice League, Warner Bros really needs this next slate of films to succeed in the box office. Fingers crossed new DC head Walter Hamada is the right man to steer the DC ship straight.
Shazam! comes out April 5, 2019.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures