SHAZAM Director Aims for More Lighthearted DC Movie

One thing director David F. Sandberg wants to do for SHAZAM is depart from the dreariness of other DC movies.

Shazam director David F. Sandberg is working on departing from the more bleak DC films that director Zack Snyder had made, and creating a more fun and lighthearted film with his superhero. Interestingly enough, Sandberg’s most notable film is Lights Out, and his next film is Annabelle: Creation, neither of which are categorized as “lighthearted.”

“The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right? I mean I certainly did, and (Billy Batson) is a kid that gets that chance,” Sandberg said. “He gets to become the superhero. So it’ll be big with superpowers in a way. In terms of what people can expect, I think this will be one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC universe. It certainly will be a departure.”

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It would be a different look for the DC Cinematic Universe if Sandberg is to have his way, and with Wonder Woman’s success, with a great balance of humor and drama and action, there’s hope for a fun Shazam movie.

Of course, lots of things still need to be worked on prior to production, including figuring out who the villain to Shazam will, now that Black Adam won’t be appearing in the film, according to We’ll find out in the coming months as Shazam is scheduled for an April 2019 release.

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