One of the most repeated criticisms of the DC Extended Universe series of movies so far has been their bleakness, their negativity, and their general sense of nihilism. There’s literally a line in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice where Superman says, “No one stays good in this world.” Great message from the man who stands for truth, justice and the American way, right? Well, an antidote may be coming in the form of a man who’s very much like Superman in terms of super-powers, but now Shazam! will have to find the fun and light-heartedness of the being a superhero in the DCEU.
“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,” Shazam! director David F. Sandberg told the Toronto Sun. Sandberg is presently doing a round of promotion for his next film, Annabelle: Creation. “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.”
One can only hope. Although Wonder Woman certainly showed an improvement in disposition for the DCEU, it still predominately took place in the bleak as hell final days of World War I, which was the furthest thing from a laugh riot.
It was recently revealed that Shazam! will be the next film in the DCEU to go into production after Justice League and Aquaman, and it’s been previously reported that this will be the first of a two-part movie that will focus on the Shazam! family of characters, including nemesis Black Adam, who is going to be played by Dwayne Johnson. No release date or star for Shazam! has been announced, but stay tuned…