Black Adam actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed that DC Entertainment’s upcoming Shazam! film will exist outside of the Justice League-anchored DC Cinematic Universe.
When a fan asked Johnson on Twitter if Shazam! would be more fun and cheery than Zack Snyder’s Justice League universe, Johnson said that Shazam! is a “NL/DC property,” and then wrote the hashtag “#Independence.”
“I guaran-damn-tee we're gonna have bad ass fun w/ Black Adam,” Johnson wrote.
This confirms what many people suspected even before Warner Bros. announced their massive slate of DC Universe films last month. Before Warner’s news, New Line Studios President Toby Emmerich hinted that Shazam!would exist separately from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and any Justice League films. New Line, which is owned by Warner Bros., has been rumored to oversee any DC Comics films outside of the proper Justice League universe, such as Sandman.
When Johnson wrote that Shazam! will be a “NL//DC property,” he was most likely referring to New Line’s slate of standalone DC films. This makes New Line a cinematic imprint for DC’s films, acting in the same vein as their Vertigo line of independent comic stories.
Shazam! is slated for an Aril 5th, 2019 release date.