Shazam 2 director jokingly teases the sequel’s Goth intentions with Edgy Fan Artwork
Since the Man of Steel debut in 2013, the DCEU has battled the popular perception that the films in the franchise are unnecessarily dark and “nervous”. The problem is that a vocal minority of fans are loudly opposed to DCEU films that are more comedy or fluff oriented. Director of Shazam. David F. Sandberg recently had a run-in with a fan on Twitter. When the fan wrote, “We’re not a fan of Comedy Shazam,” Sandberg replied with a slice of fanart and an attached comment, “Great, then you’ll love the new direction we’re taking the character! # ItsNotAPhaseMom”.
Great then you’ll love the new direction we’re taking the character! #ItsNotAPhaseMomhttps: //t.co/rrHtzo72udpic.twitter.com/wWovHhaTJS
– David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) February 5, 2021
The Shazam 2 Fan Art shows a doctor picture from the original Shazam! Film in which the title character’s appearance has been drastically altered to turn his bright red suit into a matte gray. The dark circles under the character’s eyes, pale complexion and angry facial expression further underscore that this new Shazam is no longer the lucky one, but a dark and brooding hero who can snap at any moment.
The joke is especially effective because everything about Shazam in his film seemed specifically designed to avoid the “dark antihero” tropes that the DCEU is so abundantly populated with. With Superman snapping Zod’s neck, Batman gunning down cold-blooded criminals, and a deleted scene from Batman versus Superman in which Wonder Woman poses for a photo with a hacked head, “nervous” Shazam could easily have turned into yet another grim DCEU character.
Instead, the character in the comics stayed true to his nature, a young kid who can transform himself into a powerful superhero with the utterance of a word and who learns the true meaning of family while joking with his brother and happily building his social media channels Presence. Actor Zachary Levi turned out to be the unexpectedly perfect choice for playing a child trapped in the body of an adult superhero. In an earlier interview, Sandberg had explained how Levi managed his performance in the film.
“”[Zach] is a big kid. It was very interesting because when I auditioned all these people in front of him I saw what a lot of people do when they try to act like a kid, which means they lower their IQ or act dumber. But when I saw Zach, he was more about excitement and excitement that felt so much like a real kid. And I think that’s what really sets adults apart from children. Kids have this excitement and enthusiasm for things that adults … I don’t know if it’s just the world’s problems on our shoulders or whatever, but to me it was like he was feeling like a big kid . He just felt perfect for the role. ”
Directed by David F. Sandberg, the upcoming sequel to Shazam! Entitled Shazam !: Fury of the Gods Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Marta Milans as Mama Rosa. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.
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