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It’s been a while — a long while — since we’ve had any updates on Warner Bros.’ long-developing movie based on DC Comics’ Captain Marvel, aka Shazam. After passing through no fewer than five screenwriters, in 2009 the script for the Peter Segal-directed project finally landed in the hands of Geoff Johns and Billy Birch.
Since then, however, it’s been relatively quiet on the Marvel Family front. But Johns, now DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, insists that doesn’t mean the Shazam movie is dead.
“Oh, no, Shazam’s always — there’s always a possibility for Shazam,” Johns tells Newsarama in an interview about his upcoming “Curse of Shazam!” back-up stories in DC’s Justice League. “There’s always talk about Shazam. And I can’t get into the specifics on that, but yeah, there’s hope for Shazam.”
He said there will be some similar themes and characters inherent to Captain Marvel in both the comic and the film script, but the two have very different tones.
The last comic-to-film project that Johns was involved in was 2011′s Green Lantern, but he’s also spearheading the Cartoon Network DC Nation block that will include Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman.