Shazam Will Be 'a Departure' From Other DC Films, Says Director

It sounds like David Sandberg's upcoming Shazam movie will take on a decidedly different tone than the rest of the DC Comics Extended Universe. According to the director, Shazam will be the most lighthearted film to come out of cinematic universe.

“The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right?" Sandberg said in an interview with the Toronto Sun. "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.”

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Created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck, Shazam (also known as Captain Marvel) is the alter-ego of a boy named Bill Batson. Batson has the power to simply say the word "shazam" aloud and be transformed into a powerful superhero. The character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940. Warner Bros.' Shazam series will be broken into two films, one of which will focus on the hero's mortal enemy, Black Adam, who is slated to be portrayed by Dwayne Johnson.

Debuting in 2019, Shazam is a production of Warner Bros. directed by David Sandberg.

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