Though we’ve been using the date informally for a while now, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have confirmed Shazam! will open on April 5th, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the Captain Marvel created by Bill Parker and C.C Beck in Whiz Comics #2, the film centers on a young boy named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is given a magic word which transforms him into the world’s mightiest mortal (Zachary Levi). Gifted with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury, Billy will face a tough road being a child and a superpowered man all at once.
The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freemore, Cooper Andrews, Mark Strong as the villainous Dr. Sivana, and Grace Fulton as another friend of Billy’s who may very well turn out to be fellow superhero Mary Marvel. The film is directed by Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg, whose social media accounts have been fun to watch as the film comes together. When the film was rumored to be cancelled during one of Warner Bros’ restructurings of DC Films, Sandberg cheekily posted to the thread that no one had told him and he would’ve liked an extra day off. Presumably, the film will have some of that irreverence.
Shazam! opens April 5th 2019.