Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg compared his DC Universe sequel with a Marvel Studios movie featuring the Avengers.
The movie is part of DC Universe. Shazam! David F. Sandberg, Fury of the Gods director, compared the sequel to a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Sandberg explained to Total Film that “[ Fury of the Gods] is] like a mini-Avengers movie.” “This is how I saw it because there are so many characters. There are all the heroes, the villains, and the monsters. It’s a lot to fit into a movie. It’s also complicated. It’s not easy to shoot and stage up to 11 characters in one scene. It’s hard.”
Sandberg also discussed the greater scope of Fury of the Gods in comparison to the first Shazam! The film was produced on a lower budget than its sequel. Sandberg was prepared due to his roots in small horror movies like Lights out and Annabelle: Creation. The director stated that the budget for the first movie was lower and it was smaller. It felt like we couldn’t compete with other superhero movies in terms of action and scale. So, we had to concentrate on character and humor, which is what makes this movie different. This one was more resourceful so that we could compete with other superhero movies.
The World’s Most Powerful Family Returns to Big Screen
The sequel will continue to focus on the heroic efforts of the World’s Mightiest Family, and their efforts around Philadelphia. Sandberg mentions that The Shazam Family is still learning the ropes of the superhero business, which is quite different from the Avengers. He said that “[ Fury of the Gods still Shazam’s movie but it’s also a family-oriented movie” about the Shazam Family which is made up of young crimefighters. They’ve been superheroes for quite a while, stopping crime and saving people. They’re not great at it. They’re known as the Philly Fiascos by the city.
DC Studios has formed, and Shazam’s future is uncertain. Sandberg stated previously that although more Shazam! movies may be made, the future of the franchise is contingent on fans watching Fury of the Gods. It is expected that the sequel will have a less-than-stellar opening weekend. The film currently stands at a domestic opening weekend of only $35 million. These numbers could change over time, but they are not final.
Star Zachary Levi also hinted at the possibility of more appearances as the Big Red Cheese, but this is dependent on Fury of the Gods_’s success. He also said that Shazam would be “a really important part” of Gunn’s DCU and Safran’s DCU in the future. However, other Shazam-centric projects are not yet announced.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods opens in theaters on March 17.