Warner Bros. and DC might finally be ready to let Shazam! hit lift-off if new sources are to believed.
The Shazam! film is one of the earliest DCEU projects but has been stuck in development limbo while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, and the soon to be release Justice League pass it by. According to THR's sources though, it seems Shazam! will be the next film to go into production, as early as February 2018.
The film would aim for a 2019 release and is currently helmed by David Sanberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), with WB looking to reteam Sanberg with producer Peter Safran (Annabelle: Creation, Aquaman).
What inspired the change of heart on the project is not currently known. For the longest time the only concrete info on Shazam! was the involvement of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, but that has recently been called into question. Johnson was cast as Black Adam, Shazam! ultimate nemesis, but if those earlier rumors pan out they might be saving him for the sequel or another film.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Amber Heard (Mera), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor).
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, and will be followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.