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DC has confirmed that the Shazam movie will be the next live-action superhero film on their docket. And we’ve also learned who will direct the debut of the young Billy Batson, who gains the ability to become an adult superhero when he yells “Shazam,” too.

David F. Sandberg, a relatively new director (whose most-recent work is Annabelle: Creation) confirmed to Kevin Smith at San Diego Comic-Con (via IMDB) that he’s taking the job. With The Flash seeing delays from lack of a director, and Batgirl, the Suicide Squad sequel, and the possible Wonder Woman sequel still in early development, Shazam has been bumped up in the roster—shooting is expected to start in early 2018, with a 2019 release date.

One of the biggest questions remaining is whether Dwayne Johnson, who will play Shazam’s regular archenemy Black Adam, will actually make his debut in the movie. Update: Geoff Johns, chief creative officer at DC, confirmed to Yahoo! that Johnson will not be in Shazam!, though he will still be in Black Adam.  

[The Hollywood Reporter]