The director of DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie says he’s enjoying the time before the fan backlash inevitably begins. Warner Bros currently has a number of irons in the fire when it comes to films based on DC Comics. The next few years will see a flurry of heroes hit the big screen, and it’s clear that more will arrive soon given how many characters have a movie in production. And while WB and DC aren’t taking the same approach as Marvel, they share in common a desire for idiosyncratic directing choices.
Just as Marvel chose James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy and Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok, WB and DC have made some interesting hires as they seek to expand their slate of superhero films. Two of the more intriguing are horror directors James Wan and David F. Sandberg. Wan will be helming Aquaman next year, while Sandberg will help bring Shazam!to theaters in 2019. But while Wan has experience with a big budget film thanks to Furious 7, Sandberg will be entering some dangerous new waters as he adapts Billy Batson and his superhero alter-ego for the big screen.
David F. Sandberg posted to Twitter earlier about how he’s bracing himself to the reactions from fans when more is revealed about Shazam! And given that the director has never been in a position like this before, he says he’s appreciating the lack of scrutiny he’s under for the time being.
It will be an interesting experience making a movie where no matter what choices are made there will be some who passionately hate you.
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) October 24, 2017
Sandberg goes on to give an example of fans being mad about whether or not Shazam has a hood on his cape. Though a relatively new addition to the costume, it already has its advocates and detractors. And as anyone who’s every worked on an adaptation of a popular character can tell you, it’s virtually impossible to please every fan who feels ownership for a work of fiction.
Nothing will truly be able to prepare Sandberg for the vitriol that over-zealous fans often lay into creatives, but at least he’s realistic about what he’ll face. For now, however, he can rest easy. With Shazam! not shooting until early next year, little is known about the movie. We’ve heard rumors the Marvel Family will appear and seen hints of other popular Shazam!characters, but nothing concrete is known. Even the lead role has yet to be cast.
Recently, audition tapes for Shazam and actors testing for Billy Batson arrived online, providing some hints about the film. We know it will take place in a world with other DC heroes, but there’s no guarantee yet that it will be in the main DC film timeline. But with only a few months left before filming begins, it shouldn’t be too much longer until more details about Shazam! emerge.