Director David Sandberg brought his knowledge of the horror genre to the original Shazam! film and should continue to do so for the sequel.
Director David F. Sandberg started his career working on short horror films and creating short pieces under the name Ponysmasher on Youtube. He finally made his first official film in 2016, Curfew, which was inspired by one of his projects from previous years. Sandberg also directed the popular film Annabelle: Creation. However, his most recent and arguably most popular film, Shazam!, had the most fascinating story of all. While working with the DCEU and Warner Bros. On the film, Sandberg was encouraged to draw inspiration from his chilling origins and use his specific area of expertise to add an extra layer to Billy Batson’s origin story.
Getting a horror director to bring a rather light, superhero-focused play to life isn’t something many fans expect from the DC Universe, but it seems to have worked in their favor. Sandberg’s previous work is quite unlike anything the DCEU has produced so far and since he was encouraged to use his knowledge of the horror genre while working on the film, Shazam! is a perfect combination of several genres.
Sandberg definitely brought an original touch to the already unique piece, having found a way to incorporate his more familiar style into the family-oriented film. The inclusion of demons in a movie about finding family and finding your true place in the world was very unexpected, but it seemed to carry the “shock factor” that horror films love to take advantage of.
To really scare an audience, horror movies have to shock them and present them with something dark or evil that they didn’t expect. Sanberg certainly managed to do a great job with this in Shazam! because of the relevance and the comedy of the film. Many of the major themes of Shazam! were all about creating emotional depth and showing fans a character who still feels human, despite having magical powers. The bits of humor woven throughout the piece also contributed to the down-to-earth tone of the film. So when the monsters finally showed their true colors, it gave more oomph by surprising viewers.
The inclusion of the seven deadly sins in Shazam! was a rather unexpected antagonist for young superheroes, but the scenes where the monsters emerged from Doctor Sivana showed Sandberg’s ability to bring the horror genre to life without being unnecessarily violent. In many substandard horror films, extreme amounts of blood or mayhem is used to scare audiences away, but besides making viewers uncomfortable, it doesn’t do much in terms of creation. lasting impact. Sandberg used his knowledge of horror sparingly, but effectively in Shazam! and the result turned out to be very successful.
Having been such a standout piece among the rest of the DCEU films, Shazam: the fury of the gods would be wise to continue to use the specialist skills of Sandberg while doing the following. After Shazam! performed better than expected, expectations are much higher for the second installment, and many fans are hoping to receive the same level of relevant content, hilarious comedy, and spooky surprises as in the original film.
The general plot of Shazam 2 is rumored to be heavily influenced by Greek gods and mythology. The inclusion of the Seven Deadly Sins in the first film was a clever way to play on Bible stories that are often dramatized or reimagined for a more horrific experience in popular media, so it looks like Sandberg is taking a similar approach using gods as antagonists in his next film.
Greek mythology consists of a plethora of jarring stories and haunting characters, like Medusa or the Hydra. Shahzam 2 like he did in the first one. If Sandberg continued to play around with the more psychological (as opposed to the gory and physical) aspects of horror, it would definitely improve. Shazam: the fury of the gods in the same way as for the original film.
Directing a movie in such a popular franchise, having only made two films on a real budget, is a clear testament to Sandberg’s talent. Shazam! is considered one of the best DCEU movies to have aired by many superhero fans, and without Sandberg’s creative approach to the subject, it wouldn’t have been such a success. Although there is still a long wait before fans can see Shazam: the fury of the gods in theaters, other highly anticipated DCEU films like The Batman, Black Adam, The Suicide Squad, and Aquaman 2 will hit the big screen before Billy Batson and the Shazamilies return. Overall, it looks like the DC Universe will be giving viewers exactly what they want in the coming months.
Shazam: the fury of the gods will be released in 2023.
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