While Warner Bros. is coming off a mixed 2017 when it comes to DC movies—the high of Wonder Woman and the low of Justice League—the studio’s New Line Cinema arm is already in production on a very different kind of superhero movie: Shazam! This project marked a curious choice for the DCEU given how many “name” characters are in its library, but the studio set Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg to take the helm of a lighter, potentially sillier kind of DC movie.
Filming on Shazam! us underway in Toronto, and now the first official logo for the film has been revealed via its official Twitter account. It’s colorful, bold, and very different from the aesthetic of something like Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—which is likely the point.
Described as Big meets Superman, Shazam! tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who, when he shouts the word “SHAZAM!”, can turn into an adult superhero. Asher Angel plays the boy, and Chuck star Zachary Levi plays the adult Shazam superhero. Mark Strong, meanwhile, looks to make a better superhero debut after the Green Lantern bust as he’ll be playing the film’s villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
As revealed on the official Shazam! Twitter account, it appears long-lead marketing for the movie will begin this week. On Wednesday, March 21st, Entertainment Weekly will be sharing a Facebook Live from the Shazam! set with the movie’s cast, and no doubt a first official look at Levi in costume is on the way.
Check out the Shazam! movie logo below, and check back Wednesday to see the reveals. The film also stars Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas and opens in theaters on April 5, 2019.
Here’s the official synopsis for Shazam!:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”