'Shazam!' Starts Filming Next Year with Horror Director David F. Sandberg

Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 7:34PM
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 7:34PM
'Shazam!' Starts Filming Next Year with Horror Director David F. Sandberg
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Shazam! has just been greenlit, and is now the next DC Extended Universe movie to start shooting, following the DCEU films Justice League and Aquaman.

And while the movie doesn't actually have a lead actor yet, it does have a director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker David F. Sandberg of notable horror flicks Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation is now attached to Shazam! which should begin filming in early 2018. Having a director is progress at least, but his general oeuvre doesn't exactly lend itself to childhood wish fulfillment fantasies.

Despite apparently being at the top of DC's current lineup of movies, not much is known about what shape Shazam! will take. Ostensibly planned as the origin movie for the superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel (DC decided not to try fighting Marvel on this front), things got murky when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got involved around three years ago, before deciding that preferred the idea of overseeing a movie about the hero's arch-nemesis Black Adam instead.

It's not known whether The Rock will be cooking anything up in Shazam!, but all signs seem to point to the distinct possibility that he might be sitting this one out to focus on his own superhero project (that, if social media can be believed, may well feature a fight scene with Henry Cavill's superman). Because of all the star power surrounding the Black Adam movieShazam! has been mostly overshadowed in the news, and without anybody onboard the project, it almost seemed as if this movie might not bear fruit.

Jumping from morbid horror films to comic book action is an interesting career leap for Sandberg, not least because it doesn't gel with DC's claims of lightening up their shared universe. If anything, this move suggests that Wonder Woman may have been a rare blip on the studio's radar, rather than a full on course correction.

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Here's hoping that DC doesn't try to go the gritty route with this one. If there's any movie that absolutely shouldn't be gritty and dark, it's the story of a ten year old boy who uses a magical catchphrase to call down a bolt of lightning that turns him a godlike being with a more garish costume than Superman.

We've been promised that this movie will be optimistic and fun, so we have to hope that DC isn't using Lights Out as a template. Perhaps Sandberg is planning something new, because his style up to this point in his career doesn't exactly suggest a fondness for kid-friendly fare.

Shazam! is currently scheduled to come out sometime in 2019.
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