Its been a busy few weeks for Warner Bros. and finding directors to bring aboard the DC Extended Universe. After Ben Affleck left The Batman, they have brought Matt Reeves on to take over the reins of the solo film – and potentially even longer. Mel Gibson meanwhile, is being considered to take on Suicide Squad 2, pushing ahead the pre-production process on the sequel. However, one of the earliest announced films has been Shazam!, a film revolving around DC’s Captain Marvel (but not the Brie Larson version).
For the longest time, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was attached to play the villain of Black Adam, but he has since been granted his own solo DCEU film as well. With nobody attached to Billy Batson’s solo adventure, some began to wonder when (or if) the movie would ever see the light of day. Now, a director is closing in on joining the project.
The Wrap is reporting that David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct Shazam! for New Line, a sub-studio within WB. The movie will be connected to the DCEU and give Sandberg a big blockbuster to take on next. He has so far made his mark in the horror genre with Annabelle 2 arriving later this summer and most recently, Lights Out (which opened in theaters last year).
With it looking like Sandberg will close a deal to direct Shazam!, the announced slate for the DCEU is beginning to come together rather quickly over the last few weeks. As it continues to look more and more likely that 2018 will only feature Aquaman in theaters, and potentially Gotham City Sirens depending on how well development is going, the fact that WB continues to add directors to their upcoming movies is an encouraging sign.
Even though Sandberg has really broken through with horror films, it would be quite surprising to see Shazam! take a dark/horror approach. With the main character switching between a child and a super powered being, the movie on paper would be more of a light-hearted approach. That said, Marvel recently saw Scott Derrickson bring great success to Doctor Strange, and James Wan has continued to keep Aquaman moving along smoothly.
Now that a director is attached, it will be interesting to see how quickly the rest of the pre-production process goes. Should casting begin relatively soon, it becomes much more realistic that Shazam! hits the 2019 release date WB initially announced back in 2014.
Source: The Wrap