David Sandberg, the director of the upcoming film Shazam was recently interviewed, and it seems like he has been doing his research and reading every single issue he can get his hands on in preparation for his film about Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. As he continues to be cryptic as to which run he will be directly drawing inspiration from, he definitely finds certain story arcs very interesting:
“I’m just taking it all in.” Sandberg explained. “Some of those really old ones are quite fun, when he’s like fighting Hitler and stuff like that. He’s been around since the [1940s], for like as long as Superman. So there’s a lot to read.”
With such a wide array of stories to draw from, Sandberg revealed that the film has several options to choose from in terms of how the young Billy Batson first becomes Shazam.
“And that’s also interesting,” Sandberg added, “because he sort of has a couple of different origin stories, a couple of different takes on it. You have the most recent, sort of Geoff Johns version, and then you have the [Jerry] Ordway version, and then you have those really old versions.”
It will be fun to see which of these runs he gets into the film version, as the character is very prolific and is probably the most kid-friendly out of the pantheon of heroes.