Yesterday saw David F. Sandberg respond to negative comments questioning the marketing of Shazam! and now Aquaman director James Wan gets into the mix.
Sandberg responded to another Twitter user earlier today about a question regarding a new Shazam! trailer:
I just don’t have any specific trailer updates that I can share with you at this point. All I can do is have fun with it or say nothing. Most of the time I do the latter. But like you say, the movie is almost here, and it’s not like the marketing is going to slow down now.
James Wan added his own thoughts in a pair of Tweets:
When AQ trailer was held back till ComicCon, people freaked out. When the movie was pushed from Oct to Dec, people laughed, “Oh, it’s in trouble…DC doesn’t know what it’s doing…yada yada.” When MPR dropped on our week, “AQ is getting slaughtered.” And so on, and so on…
(When the trailers/extended one finally arrived, everyone was like, “Oh, now you’re showing too much…We’ve seen the whole movie.” lol) @ponysmasher Best thing you can do is ignore all the noise and distraction, and focus on your project and do your best. That’s all you can do.
As Wan notes, things didn’t turn out bad for his Aquaman flick, as it is the #1 movie of all time with over $1.13 billion dollars. As I also said yesterday, I don’t think the marketing for Shazam! is all that bad for a $90 million film. There have been trailers, featurettes, images and interviews released, with only more to come.
Shazam! gets released April 5, 2019 directed by David S. Sandberg also starring Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton; Darla, played by Faithe Herman; Eugene, played by Ian Chen, and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand. Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard, and Mark Strong as the villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
The movie is described as: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.