‘Shazam!’ Director On The Golden Age Inspiration For The Costume

Shazam DC ComicsOn the heels of the official reveal for the titular superhero’s costume in Shazam!, director David F. Sandberg has opened about the inspiration for the costume and the intentions behind it.

While leaked set photos revealed the first look at the costume, the first promotional art on display at the Licensing Show in Las Vegas has given us the first official look at the suit. Naturally, fans have taken to the internet to voice their opinions, as well as field questions tot he film’s director. Although the suit evokes an Alex Ross-inspired design, Sandberg revealed why he was going for more of a golden age design for the suit when asked by a fan why he opted for a shorter cape rather than something closet to the New 52 design of Shazam:

The director also revealed that the shorter bolt was a practical choice that needed to be made for Levi to be able to bend his body during filming:

Sandberg also dished on the lack of lighting seen so far, revealing that the post effect itself is still being developed:

Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana. Here’s the official synopsis:

“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).”

Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

10 Batman Villains Who Deserve A Chance On The Big Screen

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Batman Villains DC ComicsBatman’s been on the big screen a handful of times, but he still has so many enemies who’ve never been in a movie. I love the Joker, but man-oh-man am I tired of seeing him. Batman’s got one of the most impressive, deep rogue galleries in all of comics, and I think it’s time more of them were given the love they deserve!

Some of these characters might have been in The Lego Batman Movie (if Kite-Man was, anyone could have been) but that doesn’t really count as an introduction. Look at how well-known someone like Slipknot is now thanks to Suicide Squad. Well, all these people on the list are way better than Slipknot, and should be seen taking on a member of the Bat-Family on the big screen soon.

Hit Next to find out more about 10 Batman villains who deserve a shot on the big screen.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.