Captain Marvel/Shazam! Movie With Geoff Johns Consulting
What is going on with Captain Marvel? And I don't mean in the comics. Let's recap some of the history here. Back in November 2008, I reported that Peter Segal would be the director for the Captain Marvel movie. Segal has directed "Get Smart," "The Longest Yard," "Nutty Professor II" and "Tommy Boy."
In January of this year, writer John August explain that the movie was dead. There was a lot of drama over why this was the case.
A week later, I reported that the word was the movie wasn't quite dead yet.
Today, Variety reported that Bill Birch had been hired to reboot "Shazam!" and is developing it as a new franchise. Peter Segal is still on board as director. The good news is that Geoff Johns will be consulting on the movie (as well as the previous mentioned Flash movie). Johns is part of a trio including Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman that Warner Bros. has hired as consultants and writers for their superhero movies (first reported HERE).
Will this movie finally happen? The film has been 'in the works' for three years now. Originally it was set at New Line before Warners was able to acquire it once again. The biggest problem will be casting Billy Batson, the teen that turns into Captain Marvel. If they intend for this to be a franchise, they'll have to cast someone young enough to last for a few films or someone that can maintain a young look.
Do you think Captain Marvel has what it takes to carry his own franchise? He has a lot of history, even before DC started printing his stories. The question is how relevant is he today and can the film makers make him appealing enough to a generation of movie goers that might not be too familiar with him. What about The Rock? He's often been rumored as a contender to play Black Adam. Would you like to see him in that role? What other villains could we see? Dr. Sivana? Mr. Mind? What about Tawky Tawny? I'd be really curious how they would handle him. Would you want to see Freddy Freeman? I'd rather they waited for the second or third before bringing him in. For some reason, I never really cared about him. What do you think about this?
I haven't read many Captain Marvel-related comics, so I might not be one to judge, but I really, really don't think he'd translate well onscreen. The whole "kid transforms into a superhero when he says the magic word" thing seems really juvenile, especially to people who aren't as familiar with the occasional hokiness of superheroes, and I don't see how they could make him appeal to adults. Plus, he's not as much a household name as the members of the Trinity or Green Lantern, so he won't have as much of a built-in fanbase.
Still, I probably shouldn't worry, since it seems like they're pretty much in the process of making a movie for every superhero ever (except for Wonder Woman).
"I haven't read many Captain Marvel-related comics, so I might not be one to judge, but I really, really don't think he'd translate well onscreen. The whole "kid transforms into a superhero when he says the magic word" thing seems really juvenile, especially to people who aren't as familiar with the occasional hokiness of superheroes, and I don't see how they could make him appeal to adults. Plus, he's not as much a household name as the members of the Trinity or Green Lantern, so he won't have as much of a built-in fanbase. Still, I probably shouldn't worry, since it seems like they're pretty much in the process of making a movie for every superhero ever (except for Wonder Woman). "
When Capt. Marvel first appeared his sales exceeded those of Superman. Capt. Marvel may seem slightly "hokey" to some, but I think this has appeal for kids and adults and will translate well as a true super hero movie. Just because he isn't a Batman or Rorschach doesn't mean Capt. Marvel can't succeed.
There are some characters in the Capt. Marvel stories I hope they don't include, and I hope they stray away from the Golden Age stuff. I do NOT want this to be a comedy. It should have comedic MOMENTS, yes.
With Geoff Johns and Co. consulting and the original director who happened to use Dwayne Johsnson in one of his movies (hint, hint) I think this could be great. I WANT it to be great, so all haters and detractors aside this is good news. Oh, and I do like gritty heroes and all but Capt. Marvel embodies the true "goodness", innocence, and hope that super heroes once displayed. This is great news.
This better happen. I've been waiting for someone to make a Capt. Marvel film for so long.
The Rock would be good as Black Adam. Brandon Molale (Who they considered for Capt. Marvel the first time) I'd still want to have him as the World's Mightiest Mortal. Shia LeBeouf could do a good Billy Batson. Ian McDiarmid (Darth Sidious in Star Wars) would be good as Shazam! the wizard.
" Definitely would still love to see a Shazam movie and hopefully the Rock would still want to play Black Adam. Maybe with Geoff Johns helping out we'll see this movie move along further. "Actually, I believe the guy who played Shazam in the original TV series became a florist. I think I saw it on one of those VH1 specials, "Where Are They Now?". I seem to remember them showing him delivering flowers to the Osborn's house.
I wonder if he would get a cameo? The way Lou Ferrigno has a cameo in every Hulk movie.
I think that DC hiring Johns, Wolfman, and even Morrison is a great idea. We can take a little from the result we'll get from the DC Universe Online game(when it's finally released) to judge on how awesome a DC film anchored by three great writers. Good move. I have no doubt now that a Shazam! film will be exciting,
The only thing I've read of DC's Captain ("Shazam!") Marvel was the oversized "Power of Hope" by Alex Ross and Paul Dini. I'd like to see Cap not played for laughs or lampooned as being out of step with reality and modern times. If they can keep him from seeming corny - just me, but I have to think that Adam West's Batman was kinda like the old-school Cap...On the other hand, I don't want to see him coming off as too dark...
I love Johns and I love Captain Marvel.
I know if it's done right, this can be great and hopefully open can continuity series.
I'd like both Sivana and Black Adam to be in it. Maybe Sivana can be work behind the scenes as Adam clashes through the middle.
I think Shazam could be a really cool unique film franchise. I would almost like to see the film be influenced by the old C.C Beck golden age a little bit, just because those stories have such quirky charm. It’s almost certain that Sivana and Black Adam are going to be in it, but it would be cool if they had the entire Monster Society of Evil, maybe in the sequel.
finally some good f'n news, in sharp contrast to the Superman news, with asshats like that McTiegue guy threatening to not just reboot but re-imagine Superman, good to hear that someone's gone in the right direction with at least ONE DC Superhero, well that and Green Lantern (so far).
It's just an answer to waiting for a Superman movie. Now more then ever because of the Shusters estate and the fact that they don't care about the fans of 70 plus years and want to spit in thier relatives faces and put a hold on Supes orgin. I hope they make the movie, I hope it's in incredible, and hope the Shusters blood line dies before they make another Superman movie. SHAZAM!!!!!!!!!!
I love captain marvel and villins. Visually I think the character desighn catches the eye right away this initally attract's people to movie posters ect. Now if they get the plot right displaying his powers, lots of action, good story, and awsome villins I dont see how it could fail. The only thing that might be a flaw is if they make him way to morally sound. Like superman this is the sort of theam I can see modern audiances getting bord with real quik. The way to get around this and possably put some comedy/drama into the movie would be to remember he is a teen and his morals may not be fully developed yet. A bad judgment call here, laughing at things that may be inappropriat ect. I think that he has what it takes, but hey that's just me.
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