'Shazam' to Film in Toronto in Early 2018

The DC Extended Universe's Shazam will begin filming at Pinewood Studios in Toronto in early 2018.

The news comes in a report from The Hollywood Reporter that the Toronto Pinewood location is planning to expand in order to accommodate more projects after Star Trek: Discovery brought it to maximum capacity.

"They gobble up a lot of space. So we need to expand," says Alfredo Romano, a Pinewood Toronto Studios partner and investor.

Toronto has become a popular filming location, so much so that rival location Cinespace Film Studios is also planning an expansion. Suicide Squad was made in Toronto and the upcoming Titans television series will also film there. Other big projects in the area include It, The Shape of Water, and The Handmaid's Tale.

Zachary Levi stars in Shazam as the titular hero, who is the powerful alter ego of a young boy named Billy Batson, played in the film by Asher Angel. In a previous interview, Levi described the movie as Big with superpowers.

"Look the movie I think, ultimately the hope is it's going to feel like the movie Big but with superpowers," Levi said. "I mean that's what Shazam is. Billy Batson who's 13 gets this magical power, he says Shazam, he becomes Captain Marvel – Shazam - long story we'll get into that later, and then he becomes me. So you've got to have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you."

Levi also sounded like he appreciated the rare opportunity he has with Shazam.

"These superhero roles, they come around very seldom, and to be somebody who's blessed enough to hold that brass ring and to have a franchise and tentpole, it's insane," Levi said.

Shazam currently has a 3.69 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, making it the 13th most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com Users. Let us know how excited you are about Shazam by giving the movie your own personal ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating below.

Shazam will open in theaters on April 5, 2019.


Justice League is now playing in theaters. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.