There’s still geek movie news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, so here’s a roundup of the latest on some upcoming DC projects and more.
THR: December 13, 2019. Director Patty Jenkins is in talks to direct the second entry in the franchise, while star Gal Gadot will reprise the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Justice League film (see "Comic-Con 'Justice League' Trailer"). Wonder Woman was a certified hit upon release and has so far earned $389 million (see "'Dunkirk' Surprises With $50 Million Debut").
THR. Fox’s Fantastic Four franchise has been troubled at best, with the latest reboot failing to launch, so the studio has been looking for other ways to make it commercially successful.
THR reports that DC’s Shazam! is headed to the big screen in 2019, with filming to start in January or February. The film will be directed by David F. Sanberg (Anabelle: Creation) for New Line. Aquaman producer Peter Safran is in talks to produce. It’s unknown whether Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who has long been attached to Shazam villain Black Adam (see "Black Adam Gets His Own Movie"), will make an appearance.
THR. Heroes star Masi Oka and Chernin Entertainment are producing the film with Catfish filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman in negotiations to write and direct. Fox has worked for more than two years to acquire the rights to the Capcom game.
Variety, perhaps most notably Henry Cavill’s facial hair. The actor, who portrays Superman, and his mustache are currently starring in the sixth entry in the Mission Impossible franchise. Paramount won’t allow Cavill to shave, so Warner Bros. will need to digitally remove the mustache in post-production. Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, also has scheduling conflicts, but because he’s working on another Warner Bros. project -- the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel -- it has been easier to juggle his schedule. Joss Whedon recently took over the film after Zack Snyder left the production to deal with family issues (see "Zack Snyder Exits 'Justice League'").
Several announcements about films based on Marvel properties were also made during Comic-Con (see "'Ant-Man and The Wasp,' 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Black Panther'").