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Director David F. Sandberg explains where Shazam! fits in the DC Cinematic Universe

January 27th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has been chatting about the upcoming movie and what we can expect form it.

The Annabelle and Lights Out director revealed that his knowledge of the character was basic when Warner approached him but the ‘Big with superpowers’ proposal appealed to him.

“There’s so much you can have with that wish fulfillment of this kid who gets to become a superhero and try out all these things. It just felt very unique.” Sandberg said.

Once he delved into the character’s history, he knew he had to draw from the whole span of his time in the funny pages: “I wanted to incorporate a little bit of everything,” he said.

“Not just in [New] 52, but the older stuff as well. The suit is one part of that where it’s like, ‘Yeah, I want the shorter cape of like the Golden Age comics.’ But then, ‘Let’s try the hood from the New 52.’ And little things like that, and trying to balance it. So we have things and references from the old comics, but a lot of the story takes inspiration from the New 52.”

Speaking during a set visit, the director was asked if the failure of Justice League and subsequent success of Aquaman changed the tone or approach to the movie.

“It’s such a separate film that I don’t think it changed anything really,” Sandberg said.

“It’s very different from Justice League. It’s still the same universe but just has a very different tone. It’s not dark and gritty.”

As we’ve seen from the trailer and images, this movie will deal with being in a world where superheroes are a thing and even have toys and teeshirts and what it feels like to suddenly become one of those heroes.

Most exciting for us though is the tone and influences Sandberg mentions:

“It’s not a pure comedy, because [it] touches some pretty dark subjects; I like to compare it to ’80s movies, like Goonies, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future.”

We can’t wait to see this as we know it should be a movie unlike any that have gone before…

Source: Batman News

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….