David Sandberg Discusses How SHAZAM Stands Out In the DCU
If you’ve seen the trailer for Shazam, you know that the movie feels fun. It has a different vibe than anything that has come before it. That was done intentionally according to director David Sandberg. He tells EW:
“It’s such a unique character, and it is that wish fulfillment of a kid that gets to become an adult superhero, which we haven’t seen before, really. So it’s just a really fun movie that has its own style.”
Shazam star Zachary Levi agrees with Sandberg on the uniqueness of the film, but credits that to the director himself.
“But by the way, I think very deftly put into the hands of someone who has such an incredible vision as yourself, and you have such awesome style yourself, so you get to bring that [to this movie]. That’s one of the reasons I was very excited about it was watching your previous work, that has nothing to do with a family-friendly superhero genre.”
You can watch the entire interview from Entertainment Weekly below:
On the DC side, the closest I can think of this is actually the Suicide Squad trailer. Remember how fun, colorful and manic the trailer was? Turns out the trailer did not reflect the finished product, but nevertheless, I was down for what the trailer was selling. The Shazam trailer seems much truer to the tone of the actual film, so we are probably in for a treat.
Are you excited 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).
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