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This was the original version of the 2019 film Shazam!


The plot would've focused on the origin story of the hero, then known by his original name of Captain Marvel, and his young alter ego, Billy Batson. Peter Segal was attached as director and Dwayne Johnson was in talks to appear as the film's villain, Black Adam.


New Line Cinema began development of a Shazam! live-action feature film in the early 2000s, with multiple screenplay drafts, by William Goldman, the team of Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, Bryan Goluboff, and John August.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. New Line Cinema was absorbed into Warner Bros., a larger film studio also owned at the time by Time Warner, during the course of development.
  2. In December 2013, Segal stated that the film would not be happening, as the similarities between Captain Marvel and Superman had become an obstacle after the successful launch of Man of Steel earlier that year.


  • New Line Cinema, DC Films, The Safran Company, Seven Bucks Productions, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures released the final version of the film on April 5, 2019.
  • Dwayne Johnson would later play Black Adam in DC League of Super-Pets, and then Dwayne Johnson would play the titular character in live action for his own spin-off movie later in 2022.