The upcoming DC Extended Universe film Shazam has finally begun filming, with director David F. Sandberg announcing the milestone on his Instagram account.
His photo from the set does not give us a lot of information, however: it simply shows a clapperboard with the film’s working title, “Franklin” on it, along with the scene, take and roll (308, 1, and B1, if you’re curious). Sandberg’s message: “Let’s go!”, along with a lightning bolt emoji (lightning being a motif of the movie’s superhero).
Based on the classic Golden Age superhero Captain Marvel, Shazam stars Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel), a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) when he says the magic word “Shazam!” He will have to go up against the evil Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, who will apparently be some kind of sorcerer (in the comics he’s usually a mad scientist), as well as his children Beautia and Magnificus.
It is set to be the seventh entry into the DC Extended Universe, premiering in April 2019 after this year’s Aquaman.
Sandberg has promised that Shazam will be a more humorous take than the other entries in the franchise, which (with the exception of Wonder Woman) have been criticized for being overly dour and convoluted. This story, about a poor and orphaned child who turns his life around by becoming a superhero, however, has always been about wish fulfillment, and Warner Bros.’s decision to fast-track it may be a deliberate attempt to turn the perception of the DCEU around.
Levi’s character may not be the only superhero in this movie, either; current rumor says that Henry Cavill’s Superman may show up for a cameo in this film, but so far this remains unconfirmed.