Shazam! director makes short horror movie while in self-isolation

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has made a short horror film while in self-isolation at home.The filmmaker has made full use of his free time while confined at home with his wife and creative partner, Lotta Losten, and returned to his horror roots t…

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has made a short horror film while in self-isolation at home.

The filmmaker has made full use of his free time while confined at home with his wife and creative partner, Lotta Losten, and returned to his horror roots this week to make the three-minute piece titled Shadowed, which follows a woman who is terrorised by a series of increasingly menacing shadows after the lights in her home go out.

“Made a new three-minute horror short, ‘Shadowed’, together with @lottalosten because what else are we going to do while stuck indoors,” tweeted Sandberg on Thursday, followed by links to the video on YouTube and Vimeo.

Fans asked on social media how he achieved the creepy shadow effects with limited resources, and the Swedish director promised to make a behind-the-scenes video explaining his techniques.

In the YouTube video description, he described the short, which is set in a bedroom and the nearby hallway, as “sort of a companion piece to our short Lights Out. Watch loud in the dark.”

Sandberg began his filmmaking career with horror shorts, usually featuring Losten, and got his big break in Hollywood when their 2013 short Lights Out was expanded into a feature-length studio horror film in 2016. He then went on to make Annabelle: Creation and superhero comedy Shazam!

He is currently working on the script for a sequel to Shazam!, which starred Zachary Levi, and had planned to begin filming this year, but he’s unsure if this will come to fruition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Who knows how long this will go on? I mean, it feels like every movie gets delayed now, so we’ll see what happens with Shazam!” he recently told Comicbook.com. “But so far, I’ve been working on the script. We can still do that, so that’s being done and then, yeah, we’ll just see in a couple of months how it looks, you know?”

Shazam! 2 is currently set for release in April 2022.

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David F. Sandberg shares hopeful update on future of Shazam! sequel

Director David F. Sandberg has shared a hopeful update with fans on the future of his Shazam! sequel amid the coronavirus pandemic.Filming on big-budget movies such as The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion and Red Notice has been shut down as the Covid-…

Director David F. Sandberg has shared a hopeful update with fans on the future of his Shazam! sequel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming on big-budget movies such as The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion and Red Notice has been shut down as the Covid-19 virus continues to sweep across the globe.

Accordingly, fans soon began to wonder if the follow-up to last year’s comic-book adaptation, starring Zachary Levi as the DC Comics superhero, would be affected as multiple Hollywood studios began to postponing cinematic releases and shutter production.

Talking to Comicbook.com, Sandberg tried to alleviate any worries over the future of the sequel, and assured fans that he’s working on the script while on lockdown.

“We’ll see how long this goes, because I mean, we were going to start shooting this year. But, I mean, who knows how long this will go on? I mean, it feels like every movie gets delayed now, so we’ll see what happens with Shazam!” he explained. “But so far, I’ve been working on the script. We can still do that, so that’s being done and then, yeah, we’ll just see in a couple of months how it looks, you know?”

Shazam! 2 was due to begin filming this summer and was set to be released in April 2022.

Sandberg also opened up on the rumours that the DC Comics supervillain Black Adam, portrayed by Dwayne Johnson in an upcoming standalone movie, will appear in the Shazam! sequel.

“No, I haven’t talked to (the Black Adam team). I mean, I assume DC is keeping tabs, that they have the bigger plan. But I don’t know what they’re doing. I’m just curious to see it, you know?” the 39-year-old teased.

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Dwayne Johnson: ‘Black Adam will change the DC Universe’

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announce…

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announced that the anti-hero movie had finally got the go-ahead.

Johnson has been gearing up for his role as the powerful supervillain, and in a post on Instagram on Sunday, he showcased his intensive training with a black-and-white snap of him in the gym.

“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” the 47-year-old wrote, confident that Black Adam is going to usurp the iconic DC Comics’ superheroes such as Batman and Superman. “Training and prep for #BlackAdam has been a grind but this passion project outweighs the sacrifices. Truth, justice and the Black Adam way. #eyeforaneye #antihero #blackadam.”

The former wrestler also revealed that shooting will begin in the summer.

No further casting for the blockbuster has yet to be announced, however, Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently worked with Johnson on Jungle Cruise, is set to direct, Lawrence Sher will serve as the cinematographer, and Adam Sztykiel, who wrote Johnson’s 2018 movie Rampage, is adapting the script from the Black Adam comics.

The anti-hero, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945 and has often been depicted as the villain of superhero Shazam.

It was reported last year that plans to incorporate Black Adam into last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through, and it’s not yet known if the superhero will appear in Johnson’s upcoming standalone flick.

Black Adam is due to be released in December 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam movie

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the projec…

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the project on hold after plans to incorporate Black Adam into the recent Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday night, Johnson announced a Black Adam movie was coming to cinemas in December 2021 as he shared the first official piece of artwork for the film, depicting him as the powerful supervillain.

“The Man in Black,” he began, referencing his new character. “Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people.

“It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs (years) old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.”

The action man explained he soon realised Superman was “the hero I could never be” because he was “too rebellious” and wasn’t one to listen to authority – but now his “superhero dreams have come true” with his casting as Black Adam.

“I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM,” he wrote. “BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way.

“This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together.”

Black Adam, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam will start filming in 2020

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Sha…

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.

The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Shazam.

While Johnson has remained tight-lipped about the project for some time, he recently shared a picture of a stunning model of Black Adam made by a sculptor on his Twitter page, and in the accompanying caption, praised the artist and also announced the start date for the film.

“I was so excited for @TheRock to play #BlackAdam that I sculpted him as the character in 1/5 scale,” Twitter user @TheKingsletter wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of his creation.

“Very cool man, thank you. Amazing detail. This project has been with me for over 10yrs (sic). Production begins this July. Appreciate the support,” the wrestler-turned-actor replied.

Back in January 2017, it was revealed that Johnson would be playing the anti-hero, and he was due to appear in last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, but studio bosses decided the character deserved a feature of his own.

Black Adam has been in and out of development for years, and the 47-year-old was even offered the role of Shazam before Levi signed on.

In the original comic books, he was called Teth-Adam or Mighty Adam and began as a hero of humanity, but then fell victim to corruption. Now, he’s labelled Black Adam and was exiled by Shazam, but has returned in the modern day to clear his name.

A director has not yet been found for the highly anticipated project, however, Johnson will produce alongside Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.

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Shazam! sequel in the works with original screenwriter

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenag…

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.

The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as played by Zachary Levi.

Shazam! has received a largely positive response from critics, and grossed a worldwide total of over $159 million (£121 million) at the box office, with editors at The Wrap now reporting that a follow-up is coming.

Film insiders have told the publication that Gayden has been tapped to write the script, while David F. Sandberg is also expected to return as director, with Peter Safran serving as producer.

Gayden previously penned the screenplay for 2014’s Earth to Echo and was most recently attached to write the script for Last Human, an upcoming sci-fi flick to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Little else is known about the sequel, though Levi has been busy with various projects in recent months, having landed the part of Benjamin in hit TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the voice-acting part of Biff Tarkin in the TV show Star Wars: Detours.

However, the former Chuck actor indicated that he was confident that another Shazam! movie would be greenlit during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Thursday, where he explained that he was determined to maintain the buff physique he had built for the role.

“I think I gained, like, 24 pounds (10 kilograms) in the first couple of months and I’ve stayed in the gym six days a week through all of it still, till this day. And I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been and I’m so grateful for that,” the 38-year-old said. “I worked out today. I’m hoping for a sequel.”

Shazam! also features Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou, and is now showing in cinemas around the world.

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Shazam! takes over North American box office chart

DC Comics blockbuster Shazam! has debuted atop the North American box office with a healthy $53.5 million (£41 million) opening. The movie adaptation, about a troubled orphan who transforms into a grown-up superhero named Shazam, played by Zachary Le…

DC Comics blockbuster Shazam! has debuted atop the North American box office with a healthy $53.5 million (£41 million) opening.

The movie adaptation, about a troubled orphan who transforms into a grown-up superhero named Shazam, played by Zachary Levi, was well received by critics in the lead up to its launch, and fans around the world decided to check out the film during its first weekend, helping its global gross to swell to $155.5 million (£119.4 million).

The strong showing easily helped Shazam! defeat Pet Sematary, a horror remake of Stephen King’s 1989 original, although it still proved to be a popular pick with cinema-goers.

With a $25 million (£19.2 million) debut, Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, becomes the second best opening for a King adaptation, behind the megahit that was the It revamp in 2017, when it debuted with a monster $123.4 million (£94.7 million) take.

The new releases outshone Disney’s live-action Dumbo, which places third on the new countdown, having only garnered $18.2 million (£14 million) in its second weekend in theatres.

Jordan Peele’s horror film Us is at four, ahead of another superhero blockbuster, Captain Marvel, which rounds out the top five at five.

The Marvel movie has grossed $374.1 million (£287.1 million) domestically in the five weeks since its launch, helping to lift the Brie Larson project past the $1 billion mark at the global box office earlier in the week (03Apr19), making it the ninth top-grossing live action comic book adaptation in cinema history.

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Zachary Levi felt claustrophobic first time he wore Shazam! costume

Zachary Levi felt a little claustrophobic the first time he wore his “very tight” Shazam! costume.The superhero film based on the DC Comics character, stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as pl…

Zachary Levi felt a little claustrophobic the first time he wore his “very tight” Shazam! costume.

The superhero film based on the DC Comics character, stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as played by the former Chuck actor.

For the gig, Zachary was required to wear a skin-tight red suit, and in an interview for SciFiNow magazine confessed that he found his ensemble highly restrictive at the beginning.

“The first time I put it on I started feeling the slightest bit of claustrophobia starting to set in and I was like, ‘Okay, okay, calm down, you’re going to have to get used to this, Zach, because you’re going to do this hopefully for quite some time,” he told the publication. “And so that immediately started to dissipate but yeah it can be a little restrictive for sure and certainly not the easiest thing to go to the bathroom in.”

Zachary went on to recall how at one point he even passed up on an opportunity to audition for Shazam! as he thought producers would be looking for a big-name celebrity. However, the star was invited back for another casting call and is now thrilled that he has been able to make his childhood dream a reality.

“On a kind of mental, emotional level I hope I never get used to it,” the 38-year-old said of wearing the Shazam! suit. “I hope I’m always looking at it going, ‘How cool is this? How cool that I have chosen to be this character and bring it to life.

“(Shazam!) speaks to the little boy or girl in all of us. That was running around at some point and saying some word we believed magically gave us superpowers or made us extra fast or we pretend that we can fly. We’ve all done it on some level, and this is that in movie form, it’s really fun!”

Shazam! which also features Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou, is now showing in cinemas.

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Zachary Levi was hesitant about auditioning for Shazam!

Actor Zachary Levi was convinced auditioning for Shazam! was a waste of time because he looked nothing like Dwayne Johnson, who had already been cast as the superhero’s evil doppelganger. The Tangled star joined the DC Comics universe in October, 2017…

Actor Zachary Levi was convinced auditioning for Shazam! was a waste of time because he looked nothing like Dwayne Johnson, who had already been cast as the superhero’s evil doppelganger.

The Tangled star joined the DC Comics universe in October, 2017, when he was announced as the adult lead of the movie, which centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who can transform into the grown-up superhero simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

The news emerged three years after Johnson was confirmed as Black Adam, the evil reflection of Shazam!, also known as Captain Marvel, and Levi admits even he was surprised when moviemakers called on him to bring the adult version of the character to life on the big screen, because the two actors couldn’t be more different.

“I knew enough about the world and the lore of Captain Marvel/Shazam! to know that the character of Black Adam is the bad version of him (Shazam), like, the doppelganger, and I also knew that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was cast as Black Adam years prior…,” Levi explained on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Ryan.

“And so when I was trying to wrap my head around the idea of why I would be auditioning to play his twin, I was like, ‘This looks like I’m wasting everybody’s time!'”

However, director David F. Sandberg thought otherwise: “Fortunately for me, I was very, very wrong and my director and producers, and New Line and Warner Bros. (bosses) were more concerned about finding an actor that had the essence of a child!” he smiled. “So it all paid off!”

Black Adam had initially been rumoured to be the nemesis in the new Shazam! movie, but Johnson will instead make his debut as the supervillain in a standalone film at a later date.

Shazam! opens in U.S. theatres this week (05Apr19).

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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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