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DC's Shazam split into two movies for some reason

01.19.2017

As the headline says, Warner Bros. is apparently splitting SHAZAM! into two films - with one film focusing entirely on The Rock's BLACK ADAM.

Now SHAZAM! stories follow ten-year old Billy Batson who finds an old wizard who gives him the power to turn into a superhero by yelling, well, SHAZAM!. Meanwhile, Batson's superhero persona has pretty much all the powers of Superman (in fact, a copyright infringement suit was filed and settled out of court for this very reason).

Meanwhile, Black Adam is Shazam's arch-nemesis, who was a disgraced ancient Egyptian predecessor to Billy with the same Shazam! powers. While originally a total villain, he has been re-invented as more of an anti-hero.

Now, maybe it's just me, but I don't know anyone who's favorite character is Shazam, let alone Black Adam. While the wish-fulfillment aspect of Shazam! is interesting, that kind of "gee whiz!" superhero story seems at odds with the grimdark DCEU. Let's hope JUSTICE LEAGUE really is the palatte cleanser WB is claiming it is, and we can have a fun, light-hearted SHAZAM! movie.

No firm release date has been set, but neither SHAZAM not BLACK ADAM will reach theaters until 2019, the earliest.

Extra Tidbit: Shazam used to be named Captain Marvel until the New 52 retconned that.
Source: Deadline

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9:54AM on 01/21/2017
I personally think Johnson is all wrong for the part of Black Adam. The character may be an anti-hero of sorts lately, but he's still a merciless tyrannical despot with a penchant for murderous violence. That's... Kind of not Johnson's thing. I actually would prefer him as Captain Marvel, I mean why couldn't Billy Batson be portrayed as a Samoan kid?
I personally think Johnson is all wrong for the part of Black Adam. The character may be an anti-hero of sorts lately, but he's still a merciless tyrannical despot with a penchant for murderous violence. That's... Kind of not Johnson's thing. I actually would prefer him as Captain Marvel, I mean why couldn't Billy Batson be portrayed as a Samoan kid?
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4:00PM on 01/20/2017

Get On With It...

Hey, I'm as excited as the next fan about Cpt. Marvel, I'd just like to see it well done. Don't necessarily need Black Adam to have his own film though.

Just frickin' get on with it already!
Hey, I'm as excited as the next fan about Cpt. Marvel, I'd just like to see it well done. Don't necessarily need Black Adam to have his own film though.

Just frickin' get on with it already!
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6:29PM on 01/20/2017
I wonder if they'll be able to keep Shazam from being overshadowed by Black Adam now. It was already very questionable with The Rock as Adam, but now that he's going to have his own movie (and possibly encounter Superman), how does he not go into the Shazam movie as the main focus? Who the heck can they get for Cap Marvel that can compete with Johnson for attention?
I wonder if they'll be able to keep Shazam from being overshadowed by Black Adam now. It was already very questionable with The Rock as Adam, but now that he's going to have his own movie (and possibly encounter Superman), how does he not go into the Shazam movie as the main focus? Who the heck can they get for Cap Marvel that can compete with Johnson for attention?
9:34AM on 01/22/2017
I agree with you Desi.
I agree with you Desi.
9:42PM on 01/19/2017
In the comics Black Adam is often treated as an anti-hero because he thinks of himself as a hero. Ruling over a middle eastern country which is under his protection.
In the comics Black Adam is often treated as an anti-hero because he thinks of himself as a hero. Ruling over a middle eastern country which is under his protection.
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7:23PM on 01/19/2017

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My favorite DC character is Shazam. Even more than Green Lantern.
My favorite DC character is Shazam. Even more than Green Lantern.
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5:47PM on 01/19/2017
When that lawsuit was filed keep in mind that DC didn't own the character at that time (or they would have been suing themselves).
When that lawsuit was filed keep in mind that DC didn't own the character at that time (or they would have been suing themselves).
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4:42PM on 01/19/2017
It's not about the Black Adam story. It's the fact that the Rock was cast as the Badguy. Now they realize that his star power will generate money and that they need to make Black Adam a Goodguy. If The Rock was cast as Shazam then they wouldn't have made a split movie to focus on Black Adam.
It's not about the Black Adam story. It's the fact that the Rock was cast as the Badguy. Now they realize that his star power will generate money and that they need to make Black Adam a Goodguy. If The Rock was cast as Shazam then they wouldn't have made a split movie to focus on Black Adam.
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7:10PM on 01/19/2017
While that's true, I see the appeal of making Black Adam an "anti-hero" (although that phrase can mean practically anything). In the animated film they included the clip from, Adam was really cool (albeit one-dimensional). He was the world's first super-hero for decades (maybe hundreds of years) until he began to believe he was so powerful he should be worshiped. So he'd still be dedicated to protecting the Earth, but he's not a nice guy, hence his banishment by the wizard.

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While that's true, I see the appeal of making Black Adam an "anti-hero" (although that phrase can mean practically anything). In the animated film they included the clip from, Adam was really cool (albeit one-dimensional). He was the world's first super-hero for decades (maybe hundreds of years) until he began to believe he was so powerful he should be worshiped. So he'd still be dedicated to protecting the Earth, but he's not a nice guy, hence his banishment by the wizard.

This probably sets up a fight between Adam and Shazam until something worse shows up. Either that or Shazam beating Adam, then recruiting him to help against something too tough for him alone.
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4:05PM on 01/19/2017

Good Idea

if you think about, you can develop a nice and interesting history when you understand both characters motivations.
And About your comment on the popularity of the characters. Marvel have a complete cinematic history of proof that a unknown can be popular just with a good introduction.
if you think about, you can develop a nice and interesting history when you understand both characters motivations.
And About your comment on the popularity of the characters. Marvel have a complete cinematic history of proof that a unknown can be popular just with a good introduction.
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4:03PM on 01/19/2017
Black Adam might get his own movie. On one hand, Dwayne Johnson can carry his own movie, and Warner Brothers knows that making him the star of the Shazam! franchise makes business sense. On the other hand, Black Adam the character cannot carry a movie as well as the much more recognizable Shazam, and his storyline prominence does not necessarily make artistic sense. However, overall, the two-chapter film is likely a wise move. The DCU needs to redefine itself as more fun than its current
Black Adam might get his own movie. On one hand, Dwayne Johnson can carry his own movie, and Warner Brothers knows that making him the star of the Shazam! franchise makes business sense. On the other hand, Black Adam the character cannot carry a movie as well as the much more recognizable Shazam, and his storyline prominence does not necessarily make artistic sense. However, overall, the two-chapter film is likely a wise move. The DCU needs to redefine itself as more fun than its current reputation. Two fun movies would be better than (just) one at this point.
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4:02PM on 01/19/2017
This is actually pretty cool news. Should give those characters and that particular side of the DCEU more of a chance for depth and broader storytelling without having to cram in too much into one film.
This is actually pretty cool news. Should give those characters and that particular side of the DCEU more of a chance for depth and broader storytelling without having to cram in too much into one film.
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3:42PM on 01/19/2017
Keep stroking that DC hate-boner JoBlo
Keep stroking that DC hate-boner JoBlo
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3:48PM on 01/19/2017
dont think its joblo, its mostly this guy.
dont think its joblo, its mostly this guy.
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