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After years in development, DC’s Shazam! movie officially has a release date.

The film starring Zachary Levi (Chuck) as Captain Marvel is going to be released on April 5, 2019. The film has also reportedly cast Mark Strong (The Kingsman franchise) as its as-yet-unidentified villain and has David F. Samberg (Lights Out) as director.

Shazam! tells the story of a young boy (Asher Angel) who is able to transform into a grown-up superhero named Captain Marvel by saying the magic word “Shazam.”

The DC Comics character is not to be confused with Marvel Comics’ Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, who was originally known as “Ms. Marvel.” (That character is getting her own movie on March 8, 2019, starring Brie Larson as the Air Force pilot who gains superpowers thanks to some alien genetics.) After Marvel Comics trademarked the name “Captain Marvel,” DC began marketing its own Captain Marvel as “Shazam.”

DC also took a film release date off its calendar — removing July 27 of this year, which it had previously carved out for a not-officially-identified release.

Next up: The Aquaman standalone film, which comes out Dec. 21, 2018.

Shazam! (2019 Movie)
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