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Movie Exec Says Shazam Will Be “Fun.” Somewhere, Superman Is Crying.

Good. Because I was about to pull out the people's elbow.

ShazamNot gonna lie, this is a huge relief.

Just yesterday news broke of Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) taking on the “bad guy” role of Black Adam in Warner Bros.’ Shazam film. I think it’s safe for me to say a lot of comic book fans don’t like the overall serious tone of the DC Comics films, which is why none of us where surprised to hear the “no jokes” rumor last week. With Johnson cast as Black Adam rather than the 12-year-old-in-the-body-of-an-adult Shazam, it seemed even less likely the film would have a lighter, family-friendly feel to it.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Toby Emmerich, president of New Line (the Warner Bros. subsidiary that is producing the film), who said of the in-progress film: “It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself. It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”

Not sure exactly what he’s getting at with “it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic,” but I’m going to wager their Justice League film will be closer in line with Man of Steel considering Zack Snyder’s involvement. Though they’d all do well with remembering Marvel films do well, and it can’t hurt to follow in their steps just a bit.

He went on to say Shazam would “have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.” Does this change your opinion on the film?

(image by Mike Norton from Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM! #20)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."