Making movies is hard. That’s especially true if you’re working on some of the biggest movies of the year, seen by millions of people, and held under the intense scrutiny of a passionate fanbase. Case in point, director David F. Sandberg shows that whle his DC Comics movie Shazam! was mostly well-received, it didn’t come without an interesting array of challenges that perfectly illustrate just how hard it is to make a movie. Watch as David F. Sandberg explains in his video essay, The Problem Solving of Filmmaking below. Read More »
Shazam exceeded box office expectations, which meant it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. went ahead and started thinking about the sequel. Sure enough, word is out that Henry Gayden, who wrote the first film, is set to write the Shazam sequel as well. Gayden is obviously moving up in the film world, since his only other feature writing credit before Shazam was the E.T. knock-off Earth to Echo.
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Shazam! turns the very idea of a DC movie on its head. It’s not just that the film is about a teenager who becomes a superhero, it’s that they play with Batman toys, throw shade on Aquaman, and have Easter eggs for some of the oldest superhero comics.
Billy Batson (Asher Angel) goes to live in a foster home, where his roommate Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) is obsessed with known superheroes like Batman, Superman and The Flash. When Billy gets the powers of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou), he can become Shazam (Zachary Levi).
David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! and spoke with /Film by phone out of the film’s press junket in New York. Shazam! is in theaters today.
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We are now officially in the eye of the Shazam! marketing storm. A new clip debuted yesterday, tickets went on sale this morning for early screenings, and now a new international trailer is here that shows off even more footage from Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming superhero film. Like most of the snippets we’ve seen thus far, there’s a heavy emphasis on comedy in this trailer, including a fun little Aquaman reference and an amusing joke I’ve never seen in a superhero movie before. Read More »
Wonder Woman has a few moments of humor, Justice League has a handful of jokes, and Aquaman‘s drumming octopus showed a sense of self-awareness, but Shazam! looks to be the DC movie that relies on comedy the most. The good news? That approach seems to be the correct one for the story of a young boy who’s given the power to turn into a superhero when he utters a special word. Check out the latest Shazam trailer below. Read More »
Last week, I joined a small group of journalists at a post production facility on the Warner Bros. studio lot to see a sneak peek of footage from the upcoming superhero film Shazam! After getting an early look at a few minutes of the movie, we spoke with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran about the film’s connections to the DCEU, how the project evolved from the days when Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam was said to be involved, the film’s post-credit sequence, and much more. Read More »
Superhero movies are expensive to make. The upcoming Shazam! is no exception. If you’d like an idea of just how much cash gets sunk into a film like this, costume designer Leah Butler recently revealed that it cost “upwards of a million” dollars to create Zachary Levi‘s Shazam suit, and that at least 10 suits were made. After word of the super-expensive super-suit broke, director David F. Sandberg weighed int o explain why.
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Superhero suits never look as good in set images as they do on the big screen. But that didn’t stop the Shazam! suit from causing some minor outrage when leaked set photos of the upcoming Warner Bros. film showed a bulky, goofy-looking costume. And the internet did what the internet does best: cry doom.
But when the first Shazam! trailer hit, the comic book movie proved that those fears were unfounded. How could the suit look so different between the amateur set photos and the polished final product? How could movie productions do their job so well? Director David F. Sandberg has an explanation.
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The first Shazam! trailer lit up San Diego Comic-Con like the lightning bolt on the superhero’s chest, signaling a bright and fun future for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. And now while fans eagerly await the comic book movie’s release in 2019, director David F. Sandberg is feeding into the hype with a few more details about the film’s mysterious villain played by Mark Strong, and how they plan to circumvent that tricky situation over the hero’s original name.
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If you told me before San Diego Comic-Con started that the first trailer for Shazam! was going to impress the hell out of me, I would have said you were crazy. But here we are after the sneak peek debuted in Hall H and spread across the web like wildfire, and even after seeing the trailer a few times now, I can still say that Shazam! has quickly and surprisingly become one of my more anticipated films of 2019.
Now that the trailer is out there for everyone to sink their teeth into, we wanted to dig into this footage a little bit more. While the trailer itself is pretty straightforward, there are some interesting details to glean, including how the Shazam! movie is taking cues from the New 52 origin story of the superhero. Read More »