Shazam! director David F. Sandberg is a filmmaker who sticks to the basics, and just like how every artist would want their work to be seen and experienced in the best way possible, he would himself want the upcoming sequel to Shazam! to be seen on the big screen, and specifically, on IMAX.
It’s like how David Lynch openly dissed people who watched movies on their phones- “If you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film” – and we’re inclined to agree. But Sandberg’s vision of making sure he delivers the full Shazam! Fury of the Gods means he will have to delay the release of the movie because the bigger screens are occupied.
What’s With All The Fuzz Around Sandberg Delaying The Shazam! Sequel?
If you haven’t forgotten, James Cameron’s next epic release will be Avatar: The Way of Water, a followup of 2009’s blockbuster Avatar.
Considering the success of the 2009 movie, which made Avatar the highest-grossing movie of all time at that time, it’s obvious that Cameron will get all the funding he can for the project. which means he can use all the huge IMAX screens for two long weeks.
This just simply meant that David F. Sandberg would not be able to compete with the movie for the IMAX screens, since they both had the same release week. Hence, what we have is Shazam! Fury of the Gods release is being delayed for release next year.
The Director Gives Us More Clarity On Why He Okay’d The Delay For The Shazam! Sequel
The reason for the delay, according to director David F. Sandberg, is more or less the same as what we stated before.
Here’s the director himself, explaining the reason for the huge delay in one single glorious tweet. Maybe it’ll clear up the anger and resentment fans have been mustering up ever since hearing about the delay of the movie-
While I’m an impatient bastard who wants people to see it as soon as possible (the film will be fully done in just a few weeks), the move makes sense since Avatar was taking all IMAX/PLF screens. Fury of the Gods is a big movie & should be seen big! https://t.co/ErzZu41HiD
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) August 24, 2022
Don’t worry Sandberg, we’re as annoyed as you about the delay, but we know it’ll be worth watching the sequel in all its glory on the big IMAX screen!
Shazam: Fury of the Gods will now hit theaters on March 17, 2023.