Since its announcement in 2014, many have seen Shazam! as a gamble for Warner Bros. especially considering the current state of the #DCEU. But despite the doubts and fears from fans, the studio seems to be very confident about it, since they recently split it into two movies. Now, the film is close to getting a director.
Variety is reporting that David F. Sanberg (Lights Out, Annabelle 2) is in talks to direct #Shazam (produced by New Line Cinema). The choice shouldn't come as a surprise, as Sanberg has previously worked with the studio on Lights Out.
With that film, Sanberg proved his talent when it comes to horror, so I'm very curious to see what he can do for Shazam! Warner Bros. has previously stated their intention to have that film be the lighter side of the usually somber DCEU so it will be interesting to see how Sanberg's style fits into their vision—or even if it does. Just today, news broke that negotiations with director Matt Reeves broke down over #TheBatman, and with the previous directorial exodus from #TheFlash, it seems Warner Bros. is having a hard time holding onto directors.
There's something curious about this news though. As stated above, Warner Bros. split Shazam! into two movies, one of which became a Black Adam solo film. And the report seemed to indicate the anti-hero's standalone adventure was expected to come out first, so does this mean Shazam is the priority and his nemesis will spin off into his own movie?
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#BlackAdam has a very interesting premise and #DwayneJohnson—who is without a doubt one of the most bankable stars in the business—as its star, so it's interesting to see that DC is using Shazam! as a jumping off point for Black Adam instead of the other way around.
But hopefully, this marks the beginning of an amazing partnership. Shazam! is currently scheduled to hit theaters on April 5, 2020.
Do you think David Sanberg is a good choice for 'Shazam!'?