The live action adaptation of the DC Comics property Shazam! has been on and off the movie radar for the past year, with no steady sign of life. Over at CineFools, they’ve discovered some interesting news from the film’s co-writer Bill Birch and he discussed the casting for the superhero, which may or may not include Dwayne Johnson or Ryan Reynolds.
At the moment, Peter Segal is attached to direct Shazam from a screenplay by Birch and Geoff Johns. The comic centered on a teenage boy by the name of Billy Batson, who becomes a superhero named Captain Marvel when he shouts the magic word, “Shazam.” The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.
When Birch spoke about the movie he stated that he and Geoff are in the process of writing the script and are trying to balance the character’s story while modernizing it for today’s audience.
He went on to say that the story won’t be as dark as The Dark Knight, but will be PG-13. He also addressed the rumors that Dwayne Johnson was in the running to play the lead character or Black Adam.
As far as him being committed? I’m sure it’ll all depend on the script. That being the case I don’t write with anyone in mind. If the characters are solid it will attract good talent and then there will always be a rewrite to address the talent’s concerns. Usually at that point in the process is when you start writing for that specific actor. More than likely the role of Billy Batson will be an unknown but the role of Cpt Marvel? I always thought Ryan Reynolds would have been interesting but now that he’s Green Lantern that’s not an option.
When did Ryan Reynolds become the poster child for all comic based movies? He’s really riding on thin ice with this whole Deadpool/Green Lantern thing, and now Birch is throwing around Shazam speculation? Thanks, but no thanks.
Who do you think should play the lead in Shazam?