‘Shazam!’ Director Says Film Is Similar To ‘Ghostbusters’

Billy Batson Zeus Warner Bros. Pictures DC Shazam Zachary Levi GhostbustersAccording to David F. Sandberg, Shazam! will be similar to various 80s films like Ghostbusters and Goonies.

During Heroic Hollywood’s visit to the set of Shazam!, we had the chance to ask the cast and crew about the upcoming DC film. At one point, Sandberg was asked about the tone of the movie and to break it down. He did so by comparing it to films like The Goonies, Ghostbusters, and Back To the Future:

It’s sort of a … Yeah, it’s a fun movie…Like, it’s not like a pure comedy, because you still have those … touches some pretty dark subjects and some pretty scary monsters, but it’s more of … I like to compare it to like ’80s movies, like Goonies, and Ghostbusters, and Back To the Future. Like, that sort of like, “Oh, it’s a family kind of … ” It’s not dark and gritty.

From the sound of things, we’ll have a fun, but serious, film to look forward to later this year!

What do you all make of Sandberg’s comments? Are you looking forward to a film with a Ghostbusters-like tone? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is a 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.

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