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New Line says Shazam will have a sense of fun; screenwriter confirmed

09.03.2014

It’s been all about Dwayne Johnson and the Shazam movie today, so let’s keep it rolling I say. As we know now, Johnson will portray Black Adam in the film, which I think is great. He has the charisma and energy for a role like that; he’s destined to bring it. So what about the tone of the upcoming movie? We have some official words from New Line president Toby Emmerich on the subject, thanks for asking. He also empathized how this is not a Justice League character interestingly enough.

EW spoke with Emmerich who told them:

“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself. It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”

Emmeruch talked about the “fun” aspect of the movie:

“Black Adam is a complex character. The villain in superhero movies is often, I think, what makes the movie. And I thought Dwayne’s take on the character, and the way that he saw Black Adam, was really compelling and fun.”

I totally agree with him there; the villain is what makes these movies, it’s why there’s a story obviously but also I find them to be more complex and interesting than our superheroes. Some might agree that Black Adam joins the long list of antihero’s that we have come to admire in a way. While Emmerich didn’t provide much more information on the plot of the film, we now know that JACK THE GIANT SLAYER and GOOSEBUMPS scribe Darren Lemke will pen the script.

The movie is rumored to be scheduled for 2016, after BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, so if that’s true, things should start moving pretty quickly on this movie.


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8:21AM on 09/05/2014
After seeing Guardians, I think any comic book movie that has a fun and lighter tone is a good thing. Comic book films don't have to be dark and depressing .Batman and Blade should be dark characters, but a character like Shazam should be fun and light.
After seeing Guardians, I think any comic book movie that has a fun and lighter tone is a good thing. Comic book films don't have to be dark and depressing .Batman and Blade should be dark characters, but a character like Shazam should be fun and light.
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3:04PM on 09/04/2014
sounds like someone watched Guardians and realized comic book movies can be dramatic and funny. Also, how can they leave him out of the Justice League, Billy Batson idolizes Superman, its a pretty easy in for him. If we're tossing names in the ring for Shazam/Captain Marvel, my vote goes to Alan Ritchson. hes nearly the same size as the Rock and hes proven to be a great serious and comedic actor, something Shazam will need being that hes a child in an adult super powered body, the comedy writes
sounds like someone watched Guardians and realized comic book movies can be dramatic and funny. Also, how can they leave him out of the Justice League, Billy Batson idolizes Superman, its a pretty easy in for him. If we're tossing names in the ring for Shazam/Captain Marvel, my vote goes to Alan Ritchson. hes nearly the same size as the Rock and hes proven to be a great serious and comedic actor, something Shazam will need being that hes a child in an adult super powered body, the comedy writes itself.
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6:44PM on 09/04/2014
He has the same basic powers as Superman, and adds magic (Superman's only weakness). So you want the Justice League movie to have two identical heroes? Really? I don't.
He has the same basic powers as Superman, and adds magic (Superman's only weakness). So you want the Justice League movie to have two identical heroes? Really? I don't.
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10:09AM on 09/04/2014
I have a Green Lantern-esque dark foreboding about this. I love the Rock...but I also love Ryan Reynolds...I just want them to pick projects that'll knock it out of the park...please...be all that I imagine you can and should be.
I have a Green Lantern-esque dark foreboding about this. I love the Rock...but I also love Ryan Reynolds...I just want them to pick projects that'll knock it out of the park...please...be all that I imagine you can and should be.
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10:07AM on 09/04/2014

Just realized this is being written by a horrible hack

The guy behind Shrek 4, Jack the Giant Slayer and Turbo... This movie is hell bent on being bad already.
The guy behind Shrek 4, Jack the Giant Slayer and Turbo... This movie is hell bent on being bad already.
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7:36AM on 09/05/2014
all three of them were fun, adventurous movies.
all three of them were fun, adventurous movies.
10:02AM on 09/04/2014

DC doesn't know what fun is... They thought Green Lantern was fun...

To me, hearing a movie will be "fun" is like saying "its going to be crap". I understand they are trying to say "This will be a much lighter tone than Dark Knight and Man of Shit and I am all for it, they need to make comic book movies, not dramas with superheroes.
To me, hearing a movie will be "fun" is like saying "its going to be crap". I understand they are trying to say "This will be a much lighter tone than Dark Knight and Man of Shit and I am all for it, they need to make comic book movies, not dramas with superheroes.
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1:19PM on 09/04/2014
drama is an essential part of these characters.They wear capes for god's sake.X men movies are technically dramas.
''DC doesn't know what fun is?'' watch their animated movies.FYI, Superman and Batman was never funny, even in comics.
You seem to be a kid who watched some comic book movies and suddenly you know everything.
drama is an essential part of these characters.They wear capes for god's sake.X men movies are technically dramas.
''DC doesn't know what fun is?'' watch their animated movies.FYI, Superman and Batman was never funny, even in comics.
You seem to be a kid who watched some comic book movies and suddenly you know everything.
10:09AM on 09/05/2014
Green Lantern wasn't fun. It has a really dark and depressing story about a guy who saw his dad die in a horrible plane crash, fighting against a creepy dude who got possessed by a cosmic entity and killed his own dad in cold blood. All fun and cheery.
Green Lantern wasn't fun. It has a really dark and depressing story about a guy who saw his dad die in a horrible plane crash, fighting against a creepy dude who got possessed by a cosmic entity and killed his own dad in cold blood. All fun and cheery.
8:10AM on 09/04/2014
Now if Dwayne is Black Adam. Who's gonna play Shazam. I think we need someone similarly muscular. Only Guy I can think of is Terry Crews ,and he can be funny. Since Batista is in Guardians.
Now if Dwayne is Black Adam. Who's gonna play Shazam. I think we need someone similarly muscular. Only Guy I can think of is Terry Crews ,and he can be funny. Since Batista is in Guardians.
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10:03AM on 09/04/2014
Shazaam is white...
Shazaam is white...
11:01AM on 09/04/2014
Why does Shazaam need to be white? Most people don't even know the character. He's 2nd tier. In the Flash Paradox, Shazaam was an amalgam of 5 or 6 kids (boys, girls and different ethnicities) who all became the one guy when they said Shazaam (then Wonder Woman cut their heads off).

The problem isn't what color to make him, it's what star is going to be a decent actor and big enough to stand next to Johnson without looking silly.
Why does Shazaam need to be white? Most people don't even know the character. He's 2nd tier. In the Flash Paradox, Shazaam was an amalgam of 5 or 6 kids (boys, girls and different ethnicities) who all became the one guy when they said Shazaam (then Wonder Woman cut their heads off).

The problem isn't what color to make him, it's what star is going to be a decent actor and big enough to stand next to Johnson without looking silly.
11:01AM on 09/04/2014
What is with this site and double-posts?
What is with this site and double-posts?
3:54PM on 09/04/2014
Brandon Molale = Captain Marvel, doubt they could find anyone who looks more like him.
Just has to get more jacked, Dwayne might as well train him!
Brandon Molale = Captain Marvel, doubt they could find anyone who looks more like him.
Just has to get more jacked, Dwayne might as well train him!
6:47PM on 09/04/2014
Molale? I don't know.....the guy is 42 (just about to turn 43). That puts him at 45 when the first movie comes out. Seriously, how long can someone that age do those kinds of action films?

I think you have to find someone late 20s, early 30s. This isn't Iron Man we're talking about here.....the guy has to look convincing as a bad ass.....for at least 10 years.
Molale? I don't know.....the guy is 42 (just about to turn 43). That puts him at 45 when the first movie comes out. Seriously, how long can someone that age do those kinds of action films?

I think you have to find someone late 20s, early 30s. This isn't Iron Man we're talking about here.....the guy has to look convincing as a bad ass.....for at least 10 years.
9:35AM on 09/05/2014
@Des1 - I agree with you somewhat about Molale's age but then Dwayne is no spring chicken either, he turned 42 last May so there you go...
@Des1 - I agree with you somewhat about Molale's age but then Dwayne is no spring chicken either, he turned 42 last May so there you go...
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4:07AM on 09/04/2014
Sounds like this is going to be a kids movie.
Sounds like this is going to be a kids movie.
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10:04AM on 09/04/2014
Actually yes, it will be a kids movie much like Green Lantern was a kids movie. That is their "sense of fun". Seeing as how Shazam is really a kid who morphs into a demigod, they are obviously going to aim this towards kids.
Actually yes, it will be a kids movie much like Green Lantern was a kids movie. That is their "sense of fun". Seeing as how Shazam is really a kid who morphs into a demigod, they are obviously going to aim this towards kids.
1:25PM on 09/04/2014
@masterdebator you are just a Pessimist. just because Green Lantern movie went bad doesn't make future DC movies bad.Have you seen Marvel movies before Ironman? They were terrible.
@masterdebator you are just a Pessimist. just because Green Lantern movie went bad doesn't make future DC movies bad.Have you seen Marvel movies before Ironman? They were terrible.
12:57AM on 09/04/2014
Shazam is a pretty tricky character to write. Not because he is a complex character, but because he is a man-child due to the fact that he actually is a child. One of two things will happen: he will either very naive yet likable (See: Shazam in Justice League Unlimited) or annoying as all hell (Justice League War).
Shazam is a pretty tricky character to write. Not because he is a complex character, but because he is a man-child due to the fact that he actually is a child. One of two things will happen: he will either very naive yet likable (See: Shazam in Justice League Unlimited) or annoying as all hell (Justice League War).
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12:50AM on 09/04/2014
A "Sense of fun"? I hope it's not like the Green Lantern movie.
A "Sense of fun"? I hope it's not like the Green Lantern movie.
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1:28PM on 09/04/2014
green lantern wasn't bad because of the jokes.It was bad because they had a very cliched story.Green Lantern takes place mostly in Oa and several other planets.Green Lantern had the potential to be GOtG.Instead they tried to copy other successful movies.
green lantern wasn't bad because of the jokes.It was bad because they had a very cliched story.Green Lantern takes place mostly in Oa and several other planets.Green Lantern had the potential to be GOtG.Instead they tried to copy other successful movies.
10:00PM on 09/03/2014
Wait, New Line as in New Line Cinema? I thought DC characters are with Warner Brothers. Why New Line?
Wait, New Line as in New Line Cinema? I thought DC characters are with Warner Brothers. Why New Line?
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10:18PM on 09/03/2014
New Line Cinema is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
New Line Cinema is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
10:27PM on 09/03/2014
Aah, got it. Thanks, man.
Aah, got it. Thanks, man.
9:13PM on 09/03/2014
Your movie about a kid who turns into a superhero after saying a magic word *wasn't* going to have a sense of fun?
Your movie about a kid who turns into a superhero after saying a magic word *wasn't* going to have a sense of fun?
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9:12PM on 09/03/2014
If they want The Rock in Universe DC making a antihero movie, the Lobo movie could work better, but Black Adam in a Shazam movie.... this just mean that they didnt have enough confidence in the Rock to star a superhero movie, and put Shazam in a problem, because now they need to search a bigger star for Shazam role, if they use more screen time for a villian that the hero, then this movie gonna sucks. This a Shazam movie not a Black Adam movie.
If they want The Rock in Universe DC making a antihero movie, the Lobo movie could work better, but Black Adam in a Shazam movie.... this just mean that they didnt have enough confidence in the Rock to star a superhero movie, and put Shazam in a problem, because now they need to search a bigger star for Shazam role, if they use more screen time for a villian that the hero, then this movie gonna sucks. This a Shazam movie not a Black Adam movie.
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9:45PM on 09/03/2014
they'll need a bigger star for the Shazam role? with a big name like the Rock as the villain, this is also a good opportunity to cast an unknown/lesser known actor for Shazam.

when Kevin Spacey was Lex Luthor, they didn't need a bigger star for Superman.
they'll need a bigger star for the Shazam role? with a big name like the Rock as the villain, this is also a good opportunity to cast an unknown/lesser known actor for Shazam.

when Kevin Spacey was Lex Luthor, they didn't need a bigger star for Superman.
9:46PM on 09/03/2014
look at thor 1, both loki and thor had equal screentime!
look at thor 1, both loki and thor had equal screentime!
10:51PM on 09/03/2014
Nah man, the big name is almost always the villain. The only real exception is the first Iron Man
Nah man, the big name is almost always the villain. The only real exception is the first Iron Man
6:54PM on 09/04/2014
The "only real exception"? You mean besides Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Blade (1, 2 & 3), Spiderman (1 & 3), ASM (1 & 2), Superman 2-3-4, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four (1 & 2), and more than I care to look up at the moment?
The "only real exception"? You mean besides Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Blade (1, 2 & 3), Spiderman (1 & 3), ASM (1 & 2), Superman 2-3-4, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four (1 & 2), and more than I care to look up at the moment?
8:28PM on 09/03/2014
I think this new Shazam/Black Adam film will be a real game changer for comic book films and will expand the idea for creative new comic book films and superheroes brought to screen. Sort of how what Guardians of the Galaxy has done and is doing.

This might be an unpopular casting choice for Shazam, but I think Joe Manganiello could be a solid choice for the superhero.
I think this new Shazam/Black Adam film will be a real game changer for comic book films and will expand the idea for creative new comic book films and superheroes brought to screen. Sort of how what Guardians of the Galaxy has done and is doing.

This might be an unpopular casting choice for Shazam, but I think Joe Manganiello could be a solid choice for the superhero.
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1:32AM on 09/04/2014
Holy Sh!t, but not in a good way.
Holy Sh!t, but not in a good way.
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8:16PM on 09/03/2014
Isn't a "sense of fun" the entire point of superheroes?
Isn't a "sense of fun" the entire point of superheroes?
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9:50PM on 09/03/2014
yes and no.Superheroes are myths and can be used to convey a relevant message.Like captain america II, dark knight , Xmen and watchmen.
yes and no.Superheroes are myths and can be used to convey a relevant message.Like captain america II, dark knight , Xmen and watchmen.
8:12PM on 09/03/2014

justice league??

shazam won't join the justice league? i don't know what to say....
shazam won't join the justice league? i don't know what to say....
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