Like every DCEU movie released till now, Shazam! also faced its hurdles and early criticism during its production. One of the negativity surrounding the project turned out to be its need to enter into additional shooting to film more scenes.
Taking to Empire, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg revealed the necessity for the brief reshoot and shared some details on what the new scenes would be.
“More of the fun stuff, like testing his powers,” Sandberg said. Whereas Mark Strong who plays as Dr. Sivana claimed that he reshot some of the big moments to make them “feel a bit bigger“.
“The more spectacular something looks on screen, the more boring it was to shoot,” he says. ” “But it pays off.”
In Shazam!, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana was also approached by the Wizard as a child but was denied the powers after a momentary moral wobble and was deemed unworthy. Strong explains that the events that occurred in his early childhood life might be the reason behind his decision to pursue a dark path.
“He was bullied by his brothers, undervalued by his parents and when he came across the Rock Of Eternity, even the wizard belittles him,” laments Strong. “There’s a reason why he might choose the dark side.”
Dr. Sivana not only wants to claim Shazam!’s magic power but also wants to become a vessel for a more malevolent force: the Seven Deadly Sins. Fortunately, that seems to be where Sandberg has indulged the horror instincts of his previous two feature films.
Shazam! is already being promoted as a DC film that’s entirely different from the rest of the titles in DCEU. For starters, it is a comedy-action movie. Nonetheless, it will still have references which confirm that Shazam! is part of the shared cinematic universe with deep connective DCEU tissue to pay respect to other titles.
“It still pays homage and respect to what came before it, you know,” Sandberg explains. “Those characters exist and those events happened. But we just get to see it from a more everyday people’s perspective.” You can find the entire story on Empire’s recent issue.
Shazam! hit theaters on April 8.
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