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Sandler sidekick to captain "Shazam!" movie
Director Peter Segal, who shot the Adam Sandler hits "The Longest Yard," "50 First Dates" and "Anger Management," has come aboard "Shazam!" -- an adaptation of the DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel. The comic focused on young Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word "Shazam!"
Reuters, April 13 2006

Exclusive: Peter Segal on Shazam!
At Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. kicked off their presentation on Saturday with hilarious footage from their update on Get Smart directed by Peter Segal, who directed three of Adam Sandler's recent comedies and comedy classics like The Naked Gun 33 1/3, but he's also attached to helm New Line's movie Shazam! based on the Quality and DC Comics character Captain Marvel. Produced by Michael Uslan (Batman, The Spirit) and written by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), it's one of the lighter comic superheroes, but it still might seem like a strange choice to some people considering Segal's past work.
ComingSoon.net, July 28 2007

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The Rock's Role In 'Shazam': Should He Be Good Or Evil? You Decide!

Sometimes the hero, sometimes the villain, as a WWE wrestler in the late '90s, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson spent as much time inciting the crowd to boo and sneer as he did bringing them to their feet with show-stopping bravado.

The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same. Now a successful movie star, the Rock says he's been in discussions to play both the good and bad guy in the upcoming superhero flick "Shazam" -- and he wants MTV fans to help him decide which one he should tackle.

"Shazam, of course, I would love to play. They approached me about [Captain Marvel] and [villain] Black Adam as well," he revealed. "We've been meeting for months. We're toying with either one. I think it's up to the fans. Without question." . . .

MTV News, September 24

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Segal, Ewing set first-look deal at WB

Warner Bros. has staked "Get Smart" director Peter Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing to a three-year first-look deal. . . .

As part of the deal, WB has also acquired the John August-scripted "Captain Marvel"; Segal will direct the DC Comics adaptation. He and Ewing began working on the film two years ago at New Line, but the property has moved over to WB. Pic tells the story of teenaged Billy Batson, who transforms into the superhero when he says the word "Shazam!" . . .

Variety, November 20

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'Shazam!' remake names writer

Actor-turned-writer Billy Birch has been tapped to reboot "Shazam!," Warners' adaptation of a DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel.

Geoff Johns, one of the three DC Comics heavyweights hired by the studio to act as consultants on DC projects, is also helping with the kick-start, co-writing the story with Birch. Johns will also act as co-producer.

Hollywood Reporter, August 19

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CineFOOLS speaks to screenwriter Bill Birch:

In a time when comic adaptations are expected to be gritty and dark is Shazam the project that can be made for families or is dark and gritty the expected road for Capt. Marvel?

The way the story is shaking out, Geoff and I see this not as "dark" as Dark Knight but definitely as cool. It'll probably end up with a PG-13 rating.

What is the most important aspect you want to bring to Shazam?

Tonally I think it's important to successfully find the balance of comedy and danger in the story. That’s a major aspect I’m focusing on. Frankly hitting the right tone is what’s going to either get this made or keep it in development hell.

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Marvel OR Black Adam, either fits.

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Yay! That's great news! Although, apparently this film will not tie in to the DC Cinematic Universe...

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CrimsonLine wrote:
: Although, apparently this film will not tie in to the DC Cinematic Universe...

 

Really? Huh. I guess that's related to the fact that it will be a New Line release, though whether that's cause or effect, I couldn't say.

 

Oh well, it's not like Captain Marvel was a DC character to begin with anyway...

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CrimsonLine wrote:

: Although, apparently this film will not tie in to the DC Cinematic Universe...

 

Really? Huh. I guess that's related to the fact that it will be a New Line release, though whether that's cause or effect, I couldn't say.

 

Oh well, it's not like Captain Marvel was a DC character to begin with anyway...

 

No, but since he became a DC property, he's often been a member of the Justice League, and is an interesting foil to Superman.

Edited by CrimsonLine

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Saw this tonight. It’s really good. Between this and Aquaman, the DC movies have gone from simply being more interesting than MCU flicks to actively being better than them. 

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10 hours ago, NBooth said:

Saw this tonight. It’s really good. Between this and Aquaman, the DC movies have gone from simply being more interesting than MCU flicks to actively being better than them. 

But....but...but...the trailer makes it look so jaw-droppingly awful. NBooth has built up a lot of credibility over the years, though, so I may have to see this, but...but...

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I mean, my recollection is that superhero movies are a tougher sell for you than they are for me. So YMMV. But Shazam! has a lot going for it, including a level of thematic consistency that’s often lacking in these kinds of movies and a finale that is actually pretty satisfying. 

My impression from FB is that Peter isn’t as positive on the movie, so again YMMV. 

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Yeah, I went to the film expecting something goofy and kid-friendly (though I was aware of the PG-13 rating it got in the U.S.), and within the first ten minutes my nine-year-old goddaughter (who had come with her parents and me) had to leave the theatre because the villain's origin story (which is how the movie opens, and which is pretty dark) was kind of traumatizing for her. So, that coloured how I saw the rest of the film as well.

And then the later scenes with the boys going to a strip club (seen only from the sidewalk, never from the inside) etc. didn't win me over either. Given the film's explicit nods to the Tom Hanks movie Big, there's nothing *quite* as problematic here as the scene in that film where the kid-in-an-adult-body has sex with a woman, but I was still somewhat disappointed.

I mean, the wizard has been looking for someone pure of heart for years etc., but it seems like he gives his power to Billy Batson simply because he's run out of time and he has to give his power to *somebody*. Does Billy Batson really *seem* more pure of heart than the average person? Given his penchant for lying and stealing etc. when we first meet him?

All that being said, there was certainly a lot of fun to be had here. But it didn't leave me giddy the way Aquaman did. Then again, Aquaman explicitly sold itself as an over-the-top epic, and Shazam! never even remotely pretended it was even trying to be *that*.

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