MTV have noticed that Variety reports today that the a film adaptation of “Captain Marvel” (the DC Comics version, just to clarify) has been making some serious moves at Warner Bros. lately.
In the Variety piece, Warner Bros. has signed up director Peter Segal (”Get Smart”) and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing to a three-year first-look deal. While that may leave the average comic movie fan scratching their head and saying, “…and this is comic news because…?,” Variety makes note that, as part of the deal, Warners have also acquired rights from New Line for an adaptation of “Captain Marvel” as part of the deal, to which Segal has long been attached.
One of DC’s oldest characters — with a long history of legal nightmares that put the current “Watchmen” legal mess to shame — “Captain Marvel” will reportedly be a standard origin story, following teenager Billy Batson who, when upon shouting the word “Shazam,” becomes the all-powerful superhero, Captain Marvel. With the exception of Segal as director and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson saying he’d be interested in the role of Black Adam, no other information is currently available regarding the property, but considering the recent surge in popularity of second-tier characters, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this film put on the fast track.
Any fans of the big red cheese out there? Power wise Captain Marvel is up there with Superman (see the video below). Who could be Captain Marvel and who could play Billy?