The DC franchise has added one more character to its television universe and it only seems to be expanding as more popular characters from the comic book are being presented to live-action projects. This time the character introduced is none other than Zatanna, the titular female who is getting her movie with HBO Max.
Deadline announced way back on November 30 2018 that a Zatanna film is in development by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. As of March 2021, the movie is said to be still in development. Emerald Fennell, the Oscar-nominated director is on board to pen the script.
Speaking of the project, Fennell told Empire Magazine, “There are lots of things about her that felt like they could be really, really interesting. And it’ll be an opportunity to make something really quite dark. And that appealed to me, to make something big and scary. I love that stuff…The scale of [these movies] is so massive and so thrilling. Like, why wouldn’t you want to write something like that when you can write huge, massive, crazy sequences and fights? Normally you’re like, how can I show this in the smallest cheapest way [laughs]? To have complete freedom to really let your imagination run wild is such a joy.”
Who is Zatanna?
Zatanna as many of you may know is a powerful magician that ever exists. Her insights on magic, different kinds of powers and abilities are beyond incredible. Her superpowers include various abilities such as manipulating the elements, extrasensory perception, telekinesis, teleportation to name a few. She’s also very skilled in martial arts but there’s also a downside to this no matter how strong she is, that is when Zatanna casts spells by mumbling the words of her incantations backwards, it can occasionally be used against her and hurt her.
In the year 1964 that was when Zatanna was first introduced to the DC comics in a Hawkman title. Zatanna was introduced as the daughter of Giovanna Zatara, a great sorcerer who also casts spells by changing them backwards. As for her mother, it was later found out that she belongs to a mystical species called the “homo magi” a sub-race to humans and a natural wielder of magic.
When is Zatanna releasing?
There is no official release date for Zatanna as the film is still in development. We’ll have to wait for further announcements.
Who’s going to play the lead role as Zatanna?
It’s unknown who will play the upcoming titular role Zatanna since the filmmakers are still yet to decide on that one.
On Twitter, fans of Alexandra Daddario were seen pleading directly to the screenwriter Emerald Fennell to cast Daddario to play the lead role as Zatanna.
The actress may be a favourite choice in the DC fans but many other names are popping up to play the lead role which includes Ana De Armas, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Eiza Gonzales. Until the filmmakers decide on which to cast for the role, debates among the fans will continue on social media platforms.