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Shazam! | April 5, 2019 | Zachary Levi cast as Shazam. David F Sandberg directing | Certified Fresh on RT

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17 minutes ago, UTJeff said:

Guardians of the Galaxy at least had a very good comic book basis.  The comic series was relaunched a few years earlier by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and that was basically what became the movie.  It was a great comic.  But at least, they are heroes.  A ragtag group but they are heroes. 


Black Adam is Shazam's villain.

 

Geoff Johns and David Goyer in particular have redefined the character in the last decade to be a more "tragic anti-hero" figure. I suspect Johns is the biggest reason Rock convinced WB to make BA a solo lead.

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Seems like a good selection. Liked Lights Out.

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I love how these days, Hollywood is more open to hiring directors outside of their known craft. Sandberg is a horror director, but it sounds like WB sees something in him.

 

Either that or they're desperate, but I don't think that is the case here. They would have to be grasping at straws if they didn't have confidence in him.

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Remember Scott Derrickson also was a horror director before working on Doctor Strange. Seems like something like Shazam is a good fit as it likely won't have a sky-high budget compared with the big boys.

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24 minutes ago, Jonwo said:

I imagine Wan recommended him since he produced Lights Out

 

Ooh, good call.

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13 minutes ago, TheMovieman said:

 

Ooh, good call.

 

It'll be interesting to see if New Line can succeed with a DC film, they have done big budget films before with LOTR, Hobbit and San Andreas and the Blade trilogy was successful so i'm confident they can do it. It's strange that New Line got to keep Shazam/Black Adam when they folded into WB, I would have thought that WB would want all the DC films under their umbrella and New Line the Vertigo titles, not that it matters as WB will distribute and will profit anyway.

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Well...New Line isn't really "New Line" as we knew it, anymore, they are indeed a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

 

And I expect this director to be the first of two or three names in and out of this project (who knows, there may have already been more that we didn't hear about), if WB's past year of creative wrangling overseeing these DC adaptations is any evidence...  Remember, you've lost two directors for The Flash (and they're starting from scratch on the script), at least one (perhaps two) for The Batman, at least one for WW, and the director of SS has probably been pushed over to the lower-budget (I'm betting) Gotham City Sirens instead of the SS sequel.  ...And look who they're going for with that!

 

And absolutely no mention of The Rock's 'Black Adam' film here is kind of interesting, considering that was just touted as a big move forward recently...

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On 3/25/2017 at 9:03 PM, Jonwo said:

Looks like Shazam may be happening. 

Would be nice to get it before Black Adam 

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5 minutes ago, Heat Vision said:

Would be nice to get it before Black Adam 

 

Didn't they say a few months ago they were positioning for Black Adam to be done first?  That we'd see him as a hero/anti-hero before he became Shazam's nemesis?

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Just now, TalismanRing said:

 

Didn't they say a few months ago they were positioning for Black Adam to be done first?  That we'd see him as a hero/anti-hero before he became Shazam's nemesis?

 

Did they say that or was it rumor?

 

Anyway, I wouldn't get too ahead of it since Sandberg directed Annabelle 2 which is a New Line movie, so it's entirely possible he's there to promote that.

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7 hours ago, TheMovieman said:

 

Did they say that or was it rumor?

 

Anyway, I wouldn't get too ahead of it since Sandberg directed Annabelle 2 which is a New Line movie, so it's entirely possible he's there to promote that.

Then why would he mention DC? 

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5 minutes ago, Heat Vision said:

Then why would he mention DC? 

 

I don't know how Wondercon works, but I assume it's a Warner, New Line and DC panel.

 

I hope I'm wrong, I like any forward movement with the DCEU.

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Io nly saw Shazam once, in the TV show Young Justice. I know nothing more but I guess that could be nice.

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I think this movie now needs Mamoa-Aquaman to show up riding a big shark and go "YE-YAH!"  He should do this for all of the DC-verse movies.

 

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