Director David F. Sandberg Wants ‘SHAZAM!’ To Be A Classic Superhero Movie

Director David F Sandberg had the opportunity to sit down during the Film Riot podcast and was asked about the intention that he was aiming for tone while filming Shazam!.

“On this one, it was just like ‘Yeah, I want this to be a classic superhero movie.’ It takes place in the winter, so it’s a lot of dark exteriors, but with a lot of colorful lights and stuff around them.”

Shazam! could be the next promising movie after Wonder Woman and that is a good thing. Warner Bros. haven’t been able to deliver entertaining movies in the DC Universe, but that could change. Starting with Aquaman this December, then Shazam! in 2019. That fact Sandberg spoke out and saying what he said, is something to look forward to. It could help give more direction on what path the DCU could take.  It also helps that Chuck star Zachary Levi will be playing the titular superhero, Shazam.

Zachary Levi as Shazam


Levi delivered the action and comedy chops on the popular TV series, I fully expect him to deliver once again as the adult version of Billy Batson. Levi said that the movie will combine the similarities from the movie, Big, but with superpowers. Big was a really fun film where we saw actor Tom Hanks played a kid in an adult version of the Josh. Levi was basically a kid on Chuck and it was a joy to watch because he was hilarious.

Are you intrigued by Sandberg’s comments about wanting a classic superhero movie for Shazam!? Let us know what your thoughts are by tweeting @SuperBroMovies on Twitter!

Lucas Talbot

Source: Film Riot Podcast

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero, Shazam, (Zachary Levi) courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart, inside a ripped, godlike body, Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision?  Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?  Can he skip his social studies test?  Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.  But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).


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