If fans have one criticism for the DCEU, it’s the fact that the tone of most of the movies has been very dark. With the upcoming Shazam! film, however, director David F. Sanberg promises a lighter tone, and replying to a Reddit post, he talks about the humor that we’ll be seeing in the film.
When a Redditor opened a discussion about Shazam! Being the DCEU’s first comedic movie, Sandberg commented:
I think it’s very funny, but the humor comes more from the situations rather than quippy one-liners (for people who read too much into things, that’s not intended as a dig at Marvel or anyone in particular. Quippy one-liners can be great).
The important thing for me is to mix the funny with a threat that’s serious and also to have dramatic moments. All funny all the time takes the weight out of it.
A common comparison that Shazam! Is getting from its actors is that it will basically play out like the movie Big starring Tom Hanks, but instead of just being a regular grown man, little Billy Batson has found he can transform into a hero that can go toe-to-toe with Superman.
As for the movie’s plot, we still have no main idea of what it will be. What we do know is that Mark Strong will be playing the villain Doctor Sivana, and Ron Cephas Jones could be playing the Wizard/the original Shazam.
Hopefully, this movie turns out to be a hit. God knows DC could use more of them.
Shazam! is set for a release in April of 2019.