‘Shazam!’ Director Explains Why The DC Film Is Set During The Holidays

Shazam Zachary Levi DCShazam! director David F. Sandberg explained in an exclusive on-set interview why the next DC film is set during the holiday season.

Shazam! appears to be taking most of its inspiration from Geoff Johns’s New 52 run, which is also set during the holidays. Batman Returns and Iron Man 3 are the most notable comic book films with the holiday season serving as a backdrop. Sandberg explained to Heroic Hollywood, during our set-visit last April, why the DC film is set around Christmas:

“It’s a lot about family and Christmastime and this family holiday. And it’s about like finding your family with these foster kids and everything. So yeah, it was just very appropriate for the story. It just meant that we had to shoot it here in winter, which has been pretty brutal. Shoot it all on location during nights, because they were like … They were telling me like, “If you shoot the carnival during the day, you get more kid hours, everything will be easier.” And I was like, “Well, it’s not gonna look good with all the lights and everything.” So yeah, so we’ve been shooting it during the nights and it’s been pretty miserable.”

Are you excited for Shazam! as the marketing ramps up? Comment below!

Here is the plot synopsis for Shazam!:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (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 (Strong).

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas.

Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.

Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide SquadPhotographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.

The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.

You can check out the images in the gallery below.

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Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.

The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.

Source: Clay Enos

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

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