Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has talked a little bit more about the film and what his influences are. We discuss this plus a ton of news on the upcoming seasons of the DC CW shows.
Director David F. Sandberg talks a little bit about his research for Shazam! - MovieFone
Sandberg - "This will be very different than what I've done in the feature space, because it's not a horror movie and it's a much lighter tone. But it's something that I look forward to trying out, even though I plan to return to horror in some fashion. My background, back in Sweden, before I started doing horror shorts, I was doing animated comedy shorts. It's not totally alien to me to have more of a comedy approach. I look forward to taking that on in a feature."
"It wasn't a character I grew up with. It was published in Sweden, where I'm from, in the '70s, so it's a little before my time. So I only knew him from the Justice League. It's not until now that I'm getting into the comics and reading a lot of the old ones, the Geoff Johns ones, 'The Power of Shazam,' and looking at a bunch of animation. So I'm really getting to know the character."
Toronto Sun - “The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right? I mean I certainly did, and (Billy Batson) is a kid that gets that chance. He gets to become the superhero. So it’ll be big with superpowers in a way. In terms of what people can expect, I think this will be one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC universe. It certainly will be a departure.”
DC CW Fall Crossover dates and other announcements from Television Critics Association press tour - (TV Guide)
Monday, November 27 - Supergirl and Arrow (will air Monday for 1 night)
Tuesday, November 28 - The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow
The CW President Mark Pedowitz "I think we're done with speedster villains.”
The Flash is "going to try to find the lightness ... of the Barry Allen of the first two seasons."
No plans for more DC shows (he didn’t plan to have Supergirl or Black Lightning either)
Black Lightning could be part of the Arrowverse if the showrunners want it to (their call)
Doesn’t have any plans to end iZombie
No plans to try to get the Amazon show back in development (Smallville-like show for Wonder Woman that was being developed by Allen Heinberg starting in 2012)
Gorilla Grodd will appear on Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow
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