According to The Wrap, David F. Sandberg known for Lights Out and Annabelle 2 is currently in talks to direct Shazam! It is still early in discussions and nothing has been inked.
If Sandberg does become the director of Shazam!, he will join Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has been cast to play Black Adam, Shazam or Captain Marvel’s archnemesis and Goosebumps writer Henry Gayden, known for his wok on Earth to Echo.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Black Adam and Superman (@henrycavill). Today we drink like gentleman and come together as friends. We’re excited for what the future brings. #DangerousGentlemen #DCWorldsWillCollide #BlackSavagery #MyExfoliatedBaldHeadAndTattoos #LookHellaSexyInThisLighting 🔥
@annericelover Confirmed and loving what's to come… 🙂
— Henry Gayden (@HenryGayden) January 20, 2017
There is no official synopsis for the film as of yet, but Dwayne Johnson did tease what you can expect out of his Black Adam character.
One of the most powerful anti-heroes on the planet is coming. And he is coming in hot. Brace yourself for BLACK ADAM! It’s a new dawn. #DCUniverse #SevenBucks #FlynnPictureCo #DreamTeam @therock @hhgarcia41 @danygarciaco @rbpix #GeoffJohns #Repost @therock ・・・ Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe. #KneelAtHisFeet #OrGetCrushedByHisBoot #BlackAdam⚡️
However, the Hollywood Reporter notes the meeting Johnson had with DC Comics guru Geoff Johns was actually to discuss a solo Black Adam movie! It will also allow Johnson and DC Comics to explore Black Adam’s antihero role and his tragic backstory that spawned out of DC Comics’ New 52 publishing line.
As far as Shazam!, the story centers on Billy Batson, a teenager who says a magic word (“Shazam!”) and is transformed into a magic-powered superhero. He is one of DC Comics oldest brands first appearing in 1939 in Whiz Comics #2 from Fawcett Comics. In the 1940s he was the most popular superhero, even outselling Superman.