Things are looking up for the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman just made it to the list of TOP 20 highest-grossing movies EVER. If the upcoming Justice League movie which is all set to release on November 16, 2017, repeats the same success, the DCEU will turn into an even bigger movie franchise than it already is. The next DCEU project is Shazam and the pre-production has just kicked off. Warner Bros. has not officially announced as of yet who will play the titular role but the 2 front-runners are Joshua Sasse & WWE’s, John Cena. DC comic fans already know that the character of Shazam will be played by two actors simultaneously. One actor will play the role of young Billy Batson while either John Cena or Joshua Sasse may end up playing the magical hero, Shazam. In case you don’t know already, Billy Batson is a kid who has the ability to transform into a super powerful being when he utters the magic word. That Hashtag Show has recently revealed Shazam’s working synopsis and added that it may get minor adjustments later. Below is the synopsis:
Based on the DC Comics character Shazam! Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel, the world’s mightiest mortal when he says the magic word ‘Shazam!‘ The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes. The wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.
Visually, the wrestler turned actor John Cena seems like the perfect choice to play Shazam. However, Cena has yet to prove that he’s someone who can carry a franchise this popular and huge. The Trainwreck star recently landed the lead role in the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee movie so the talent is definitely there. His supposed rival for the titular role, Joshua Sasse definitely has more experience than John Cena as an actor but obviously, doesn’t have the same physique required for the role. The casting search for the role of young Billy Batson is also underway and according to That Hashtag Show, this is what the description of Billy Batson:
“Male, 12-15 years old. A teenager who becomes Captain Marvel, the world’s mightiest mortal. Granted access to incredible powers by the wizard Shazam, he speaks the wizard’s name and is struck by a lightning bolt that gives him the powers of the gods.”
Originally, megastar and fellow WWE wrestler of John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wanted to play the role of Shazam but he was approached by the comic book fans who persuaded him to play the supervillain and part-time anti-hero, Black Adam, instead. However, he will not be appearing as Black Adam in this movie. Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is directing the Shazam movie so we can expect great things. Its expected that Shazam will begin shooting in February 2018 to meet the release date of April 5, 2019. Stay tuned for more and latest Hollywood news.