'Shazam!' Movie To Be Shot In Toronto

The DC Comics action flick Shazam! will be made in Toronto early next year.

David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) will direct the big budget movie for Warner Bros. from Feb. 5 to May 8.

No casting details have been announced but we know the title role will be played by two actors — a young actor as Billy Watson and an adult as his alter-ego superhero.

According to various reports, Armie Hammer, Jon Cena and Joshua Sasse are contenders for the role.

Warner Bros. and DC shot the blockbuster Suicide Squad in Toronto in the summer of 2015. It went on to gross $745.6 million U.S. at the global box office — making it the biggest movie ever made in the city.

A Suicide Squad sequel is expected to begin production in mid-2018.

The DC streaming series Titans, starring Minka Kelly and Brenton Thwaites, is shooting in Toronto from November until next May.

Shazam first appeared as Captain Marvel in comic books in 1940 and was adapted as a film serial in 1941 and a radio show in 1943. There was also a CBS live-action series in the mid-70s and a NBC animated series in the early ‘80s.

The character has also been featured in numerous direct-to-video productions and video games.

Shazam! is expected to open in cinemas in April 2019.