We’re looking at a lighter direction for the normally dark and gloomy DC Extended Universe
Ugh, all storms and rain and lack of light. Lots of growling and crying and meditation on the soul. Loads of I-can’t-see-what-the-hell-is-going-on-because-it’s-so-goddamn-dark-in-here. That’s DC movies for ya, ain’t it?
And so far, it hasn’t necessarily worked - Marvel are kicking it out the park with their cinematic adaptations, and DC want in. Their only real score was Wonder Woman, but the others have fallen short.
So it’s up to Shazam to put them back on track. And by the looks of things, they’re taking a look at Deadpool for inspiration.
Zachary Levi, star of the upcoming film, shared a first look at his costume and the poster, and it’s a stark swerve from what we usually expect from DC:
So that’s Zach as Captain Marvel, there.
Captain Marvel, you say? Eh? The same Captain Marvel that Brie Larson is playing in the MCU? No, they’re two different superheroes, as it happens.
Essentially, DC’s Captain Marvel came first, but then during a small period of downtime, Marvel nicked the name and trademarked it, meaning that when DC started making Captain Marvel again, they had to change the name of the comic to Shazam, which is what the DC Captain Marvel shouts when he transforms. Got it? Doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things if you do, but it’s nice to know this stuff.
Anyway, the DC film is out in early 2019 and is being directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), but until then, those needing their DC fix should look towards Aquaman, which should be releasing this year. That’s the DC Aquaman, btw, there is no Marvel Aquaman. Unless you count Namor, but let’s not get into that now.