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Zachary Levi says Shazam director David Sandberg brought a little “darkness” to the DC superhero film.
The Swedish filmmaker is best known for his work in the horror genre, and Levi, who stars in the title role, believes Sandbergs background helped the story – about an orphan boy and his superpowered adult alter ego – become more “grounded” than “silly”.
“Inherently, its a movie about a 14 year old that gets a superpower to be a superhero but hes still 14 inside. I mean, theres no way to do that movie without it being funny and heartfelt.
“And so in order for that to not just become silly, you need somebody like David to come in and ground it and give it some darkness and some grit and balance it out and I think hes done that in spades, so we find a really nice sweet spot in the middle of it all,” Levi told SciFiNow.
His co-star Mark Strong, who plays the antagonist, Dr Thaddeus Sivana, in the next film, echoed the sentiment about the directors credentials as a horror filmmaker.
Strong said Sandberg ably combined “humour and horror” and delivered the two sides of the coin needed to make a successful film.