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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

One of the very next films that is set to hit production for the DC Universe in the near future is Shazam! from Lights Out director David F. Sandberg. While this features a hero that’s existed for an incredibly long time, Shazam is by no means a household name.

In the pantheon of superheroes owned by DC, Shazam falls short of the recognition that heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash have. As such, there is a lesser chance that mainstream audiences will have had a chance to check out some of the character’s source material prior to the release of the film. After all, in the world of comics, it’s very difficult to know where to start.

If this applies to you, Sandberg has your back. The director took to Twitter to answer a fan who asked what a good book to read would be, as a primer for the film.

Here is one response:

The plus side in that first one is that you’ll get bits and pieces of the different iterations of the character. The downside, however, is that it won’t actually get you any full story to cling onto. But, as a starter, you can do worse. From there, you can follow the respective storylines of the ones you like, and branch off on your own journey.

The second shows the beauty of black and white comics. Admittedly, as a manga fan, these black and white showcases were a good entry point for me.

He then recommends the New 52 iteration of Shazam from Geoff Johns and goes on to say that the characters from this version are set to appear in the movie.

Finally, the last one is Flashpoint, wherein we get to see an alternate version of the character, Captain Thunder. This one will also do some double duty for you — prepping you for both Shazam and the eventual Flashpoint.

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SOURCE: David F. Sandberg

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.