From the director David f. Sandberg, Shazam! is the latest entry into the Warner Bros DCEU film it is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe. Shazam! premiered in Toronto on March 15, 2019, and is scheduled for release in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D on April 5, 2019. On March 13, 2019, the Chinese release date of the film was announced as April 5, 2019, day and date with the US release.
the film stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Zachary Levi. Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou also star.
It is the first live-action film version of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel (the character’s original name).
Development of a live-action Shazam! the film began at New Line in the early 2000s but was delayed for many years. The film went into pre-production in 2008 with director Peter Segal and writer John August, and Dwayne Johnson considered to star as the villain Black Adam, but the project fell through. William Goldman, Alec Sokolow, Joel Cohen, Bill Birch, and Geoff Johns, among others, were all attached to the project as writers at various points. The film was officially announced in 2014, with Johnson attached to star as either Shazam or Black Adam. He would later be cast in January 2017 to lead a solo Black Adam development project
Principal photography for Shazam! began in Toronto and Hamilton, in Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2018, under the working title Franklin and was scheduled to wrap by mid-May 2018. The film is set primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and firmly established within the DCU. A majority of the production was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios and also held on several public locations around the city, including the University of Toronto and Woodbine Shopping Centre. In early March 2018, filming took place at Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto. By early May 2018, Asher Angel, among other young cast members, finished filming his part. Principal photography wrapped on May 11, 2018. Additional photography took place in Toronto between November and December 2018. Footage of the skyline and aerial shots, as well as other location work, were filmed in the city of Philadelphia in December 2018 as well.
In the United States and Canada, Shazam! will be released alongside The Best of Enemies and Pet Sematary, and is projected to gross $40–60 million in its opening weekend. Two weeks before its release, the film grossed $3.3 million from Fandango advance screenings, higher than the $2.9 million made by fellow DCEU film Aquaman the previous December.