Last month, Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg officially confirmed that he will be directing DC’s Shazam! film. In an interview with movie fone, Sandberg discussed the film’s tone and talked about the research he has been doing to better understand the DC Comics hero.
Best known for his horror films, Sandberg discussed how the tone for Shazam will be lighter than his previous works:
“This will be very different than what I’ve done in the feature space, because it’s not a horror movie and it’s a much lighter tone. But it’s something that I look forward to trying out, even though I plan to return to horror in some fashion. My background, back in Sweden, before I started doing horror shorts, I was doing animated comedy shorts. It’s not totally alien to me to have more of a comedy approach. I look forward to taking that on in a feature.”
Admitting his limited familiarity with the character, Sandberg assured fans that he has begun reading comics featuring Shazam to better understand the hero:
“It wasn’t a character I grew up with. It was published in Sweden, where I’m from, in the ’70s, so it’s a little before my time. So I only knew him from the Justice League. It’s not until now that I’m getting into the comics and reading a lot of the old ones, the Geoff Johns ones, ‘The Power of Shazam,’ and looking at a bunch of animation. So I’m really getting to know the character.”
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Details on the film’s plot are currently unknown, though most tellings of the comic book story depict Billy Batson as an orphan child who is granted the ability to become an adult hero with godlike powers by an ancient Wizard. Black Adam is often depicted as a villain or anti-hero who frequently faces off against Shazam.
Dwayne Johnson will not be appearing as Black Adam in the Shazam standalone film.
Shazam! does not have a release date, but the film is scheduled to begin production in February 2018.
Source: movie fone