DC's Captain Marvel has the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules and various other attributes that provide an acronym for "SHAZAM!" (the word that transforms Billy Batson into Captain Marvel) -- but what about his ability to make a move to the big screen? After the on-again, off-again project seemed to fall back into limbo last week when screenwriter John August said the Captain Marvel/Shazam film "won't be happening," the film's producer Michael Uslan told MTV News that fans shouldn't abandon hope of seeing the hero in theaters.
"I will only say one thing -- and all I will do is quote Samuel Clemens to you," hinted Uslan. "This is direct from Captain Marvel himself: 'The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.'"
While that certainly doesn't mean we'll be seeing anyone utter "Shazam!" on the big screen any time soon, it should offer some hopeful signs of life for a project that many viewed as flat-lining after last week's news. Heck, maybe we'll still get to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson play Black Adam after all!
For those that haven't been keeping track, the Captain Marvel/Shazam film (also referred to as "Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam") made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con International last year with Johnson's announcement that he plans to play Black Adam in the film. In November, it was announced that the project was moving from New Line Cinema to Warner Bros -- appropriately enough, given its ownership of DC Comics -- and co-directors Peter Segal ("Get Smart") and Michael Ewing were attached to the film.
Just last week, however, screenwriter John August dashed many fans' hopes when he wrote on his blog that the film "won't be happening," and that he didn't think "it's on the studio's radar at all."
While Uslan wouldn't comment further on the status of the Captain Marvel/Shazam movie, his tease would seem to insinuate that there's still a chance moviegoers will get to see Billy Batson call down a bolt of lightning down the road.
What do you think of Uslan's comment regarding the "Billy Batson" movie?