David F. Sandberg would never direct a “Superman” movie.
The 41-year-old filmmaker returns to helm the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) sequel ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods but wants to avoid tackling Superman because he fears angering The Man of Steel fans.
Responding to fan questions on Instagram, David said: “At one point I would have said Superman, but when there’s so many different expectations and die-hard fans, you’re going to piss off so many people no matter what. you are doing. “
Sandberg revealed that the strong reactions to the “Star Wars” film “The Last Jedi” deterred him from directing major franchises and that “Shazam!” was the ideal project because it had not been adapted regularly in the past.
The ‘Lights Out’ director said: “Seeing how people react to things like ‘The Last Jedi’ makes me want to stay away from things like that. ‘Shazam!’ was perfect in the sense that there hadn’t been so many adaptations before. There are still people who think it was poorly done, but it was on a manageable level.
David has been tipped to direct other DC movies, but revealed he wouldn’t want to direct a “Justice League” project.
He said: “I think it would be too big for me. Too many expectations too.”
The “Shazam!” The sequel is slated for release in December, and Sandberg is happy with the date — even if it clashes with the launch of “Avatar 2.”
He said: “I’m very happy for it to come out this year. It would have been a shame to finish the film and wait until next summer. I certainly didn’t expect to open number 1 against ‘Avatar’ but It’s okay.”