Given that you’re coming to this site, there’s a good chance you realize that films are always changing along the way. The scripts are outlined, re-outlined, written, rewritten, and rewritten again. From there, the production process often sees a good number of on-set changes, and in postproduction, there are yet further opportunities to change things along the way.
This is a bit of a longwinded way to lead into the Shazam movie. For practically ever, actor Dwayne Johnson was attached as Black Adam, the arch nemesis/anti-hero best known for clashing with Shazam. Yet despite having the villain cast, we are still short two Shazam actors (one as the young Billy Batson, and one as Shazam himself). In a bit of an ironic twist, however, it was revealed that Black Adam would be getting his own movie, and furthermore, he wouldn’t be present in the Shazam movie.
So where did this change come from? Speaking with Film Riot, Shazam director David F. Sandberg said:
“There’ve been variations of the script, like before I came along, where… you know, variations where Black Adam was in and out and, you know. But now, this is about Shazam.”
This is actually nice to hear. When you have a film with Dwayne Freakin’ Johnson in the villain role, its a bit hard NOT to root for him. As a result, you run the risk of the film falling too much on his shoulders when the story should be revolving around the namesake of the movie.
It’s also increasingly great to see that DC Films is willing to change things as their directors come on board. When Geoff Johns came on board as the master helmer of this universe, I worried they’d throw their filmmaker-driven approach completely out the window. While they definitely are more hands on than most Warner Bros. movies, it’s great seeing that they’re giving their directors some power.
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SOURCE: Film Riot