The Shazam film is on the horizon, and we now have a director for the film. David F. Sandberg confirmed that he will be directing the film in an interview with Kevin Smith on behalf of IMDb.
— IMDb (@IMDb) July 20, 2017
It was revealed earlier that this film would be the next one that Warner Bros. Studios would be focusing on. Shazam has been oddly absent from DC Comics of late (and it’s something I’ve personally harped about on this very site), which seemed odd considering that this film was already announced by DC and Warner Bros. However, WB seems dedicated to making this happen now, showing us David F. Sandberg as the director.
Sandberg seems like an interesting choice for the film, given that he is currently most known for his horror features, namely Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation. Neither of these films seem particularly similar to what one would imagine a Shazam film would look like. Then again, former non-mainstream auteur directors like James Gunn and Taika Waititi will both have Marvel superhero flicks under their belt this year, so what do I know?
This does beg the question of whether or not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be in the film. He was slated to play Shazam arch-villain and DC legend Black Adam, but it had been rumored more recently that he would not be in the Shazam film at all.
Kevin Smith, while interviewing Sandberg, said: “You’ll probably be back in a year or two up on Hall H stage with The Rock and a bunch of famous people and stuff.” Sandberg replied to this with, “Yes.” So, who knows. The Rock could still be in this, or he may have lost interest for any number of reasons. We’ll see.
In the mean time, we can all take heart in the fact that DC is devoted enough to this film to bring in a director. It’s currently slated for 2019. We’ll see where this goes. As a resident Shazam fan, I hope that will turn out great.