David F. Sandberg, who is currently working on pre-production for the DC Extended Universe film Shazam, says that he has not been fired, despite rumors to the contrary.
The supposed firing was “revealed” on a Reddit board that has spread a lot of false news about the DCEU.
The typo-filled “leak” in question says that “Joss Whedon, Chris [McKay] and David F. Sandberg have [been] fired [by] WB. David S. Sandberg [sic] reportedly wanted to make a dark and gritty, sexy and violent Shazam! movie with a hard R rating but after reading his script they tore it apart and kicked him out of their office.”
Whedon, a writer and uncredited co-director on Justice League, is reportedly set to make a Batgirl film, while McKay is scheduled for Nightwing. The Reddit rumor also claims that Zack Snyder, director of both Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will retire from Hollywood.
Posting a screenshot of this on his Twitter account, Sandberg quipped “Reading /r/DCEUleaks on reddit is the best.” The director has been posting many jokes and quips about his production of the upcoming film, as well as pictures of a desk covered in superhero action figures.
Nevertheless, the Reddit rumor alludes to issues with both the Shazam film and the DCEU in general which worry many fans. Previous entries in the franchise have been criticized for being overly dark and lacking in most of the fun and hope that the superhero genre usually embodies.
Shazam, which focuses on a boy named Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi), has so far been described as a lighter, more humorous entry into the franchise.