Shazam! Fury Of The Gods director David F. Sandberg has an honest response to the film opening against Avatar 2.
For the longest time, Avatar 2 was set to open against Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom for the holiday season of 2022. Many wondered if Disney and Warner Bros were really going to let the two films battle at the box office or if one of the two would be delayed. As it turned out, Warner Bros was the studio that blinked.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros reorganized its release schedule for its various upcoming DC films. This included delaying Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, The Flash, and Black Adam. Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, however, was moved up, pitting it against Avatar 2. Director David F. Sandberg unfortunately has no illusions as to what that means for his upcoming film.
Earlier this week, the Shazam director invited fans to ask him anything or tell him a story on his Instagram as the power at his house is out. He was asked if he was happy about the film’s new release date and the fact it was competing against Avatar 2. He stated that he was glad the movie was coming out this year but harbored no doubts that it would not open ahead of the Avatar sequel:
Here is the synopsis for the first Shazam! film:
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 quick.
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 Djimon Hounsou.
The original film is available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Avatar 2 will hit theaters on December 16, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on both films and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.