“Promising Young Woman” Director To Direct Zatanna Film

Director Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman is currently up for the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars, its star Carey Mulligan has been nominated for Best Actress, and Fennel herself may get Best Director and Best Screenplay. Now she’s bringing her magic to one of DC Comics most beloved magical practitioner, Zatanna.

Variety reports that Zatanna will be a theatrically-released movie written by Fennell with DC Films producing alongside J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

A part of the DC Extended Universe, Zatannawill mark the first time the character has been seen in the DCEU. At this time, the role hasn’t yet been cast for the upcoming movie, but the search for the new Zatanna is currently underway. The magician superhero was previously portrayed by Serinda Swan in the CW series Smallville, but a live-action incarnation still has yet to appear on the big screen.

First appearing in DC Comics in 1964, Zatanna was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson. Boasting the traditional look complete with a top hat and bow tie, she works as a stage magician but is in fact a real magician with superhuman abilities. She is known for her interactions with the Justice League and currently serves as a part of the titular team in DC’s Justice League Dark series. Camilla Luddington also voiced Zatanna in a Justice League Darkanimated movie adaptation in 2017.

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