Dany Garcia who’s a co-producer to Shazam, recently spoke to Newsweek confirming that the film will be part of the DC Extended Universe. This comes as a relief to many, after questions of its existence in the same Universe was put into question, due to it being produced under the Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema, as well as it not being featured at San Diego Comic Con with the other films in the past two years during the DC panel.
Much like in the same matter as her brother Hirarm Garcia did a few months back, promising they wouldn’t mess up the Shazam movie, Dany went on to make the same promises, while also confirming that the character will live in the same universe as the other Justice League members.
“Shazam! is to live in the same world [as the other films] but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors… it’s a different set-up. We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to.”
“It needs to be of the world,” says Garcia. “You’ve got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you’re going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with [Shazam!] we’ll fit nicely within the world that’s been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. [It’ll be] enough that people say, ‘Oh, this is within the family,’ but the culture will be a little different.”
Garcia on the status of development of the film at the moment:
“We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part,” Garcia says. “We don’t mind taking our time. We’re being very careful with each act and scene to go back and layer in as much as possible.”