Peter Safran, the producer behind Warner Bros.' DC film Shazam!, has a few thoughts about the supposed rivalry between Marvel and DC. During an interview alongside director David F. Sandberg, Safran offered his take on the rivalry while discussing director James Gunn's upcoming The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 films.
"I love that he's doing Guardians 3," Safran told UPROXX. "Just as a fan, I love the Guardians movies so much. I cannot wait to see what he does with Guardians 3."
"Yeah, I'm really happy to see that he was back to doing that, because it's so much him," Sandberg added.
"I've always believed that which unites comic book fans is much greater than that which divides us," Safran continued. "And so, the whole Marvel/DC rivalry thing is kind of bullshit. Because really, we're all fans of the same thing. I love the fact that [James Gunn has] directed a movie for Marvel and directed a movie for DC. And the Earth is not spinning off its axis. It's okay."
Elsewhere in the interview, Sandberg noted, "When I was a kid in Sweden, I didn't really know about DC or Marvel. It was just comic books and superheroes. One of my favorites was one where they had a team-up between Superman and Spider-Man... To me, that wasn't something strange. I was like, yeah, they're both superheroes. Why not? It wasn't something special."
Of course, Shazam! itself has been a frequent talking point in regard to the online Marvel/DC divide, with certain fans attempting to pit it against Marvel's Captain Marvel. In fact, Shazam! star Zachary Levi even took a stand against the toxic elements of this discourse.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film hits theaters April 5.