Look out, everyone. It sounds like horror director David F. Sandberg is doing a complete one-eighty with his latest film, Shazam. The fact that the man behind Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation is tackling a DC film next isn’t new news (he confirmed it himself during San Diego Comic-Con), but up until now, we had no real idea what his overall approach would be to the flick. Would it remain faithful to the lighthearted style of the source material, or would it be twisted into something darker and more fitting of the established DC Extended Universe?
Admittedly, given that Dwayne Johnson was cast as Black Adam, and that no Shazam had yet been cast, I initially assumed that they’d find a way to make Black Adam Shazam, nixing Billy Batson altogether. When it was revealed that it would likely be getting a release date before the Black Adam flick (and that Johnson would not be in Shazam), my hopes of Johnson playing the titular character were dashed, but given Sandberg’s background, I still retained hope that we could get something that wouldn’t skew so young.
However, speaking with The Toronto Sun, Sandberg revealed his affinity for a more lighthearted take on the character:
“The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right? I mean I certainly did, and [Billy Batson] is a kid that gets that chance. He gets to become the superhero. So it’ll be big with superpowers in a way. In terms of what people can expect, I think this will be one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC universe. It certainly will be a departure.”
Okay, so with that bombshell dropped, I think we have a bit more of an understanding of what to expect. Honestly, I think this could be a great move for the studio. Case in point: Spider-Man: Homecoming. While the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, its approach to the character was damn near perfect. Spidey’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed personality was a welcome change of pace to all of the other characters in the MCU, and if they treat Billy Batson similarly, I can see it being a real surprise for the DCEU.
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SOURCE: Toronto Sun