One of the brightest spots in the DCEU is the 2019 superhero comedy movie Shazam! , directed by David F. Sandberg. The filmmaker got his start on social media, making short horror movies for YouTube before hitting Hollywood. Sandberg recently posted a video titled Can You Be an Introverted Director? in which he talked about being diagnosed with atypical autism at a young age, his struggles with press tours due to his introverted nature, and how hard work helped him succeed.
“There is always room for improvement. And how do you improve on something? Doing it over and over and over again You start making really shitty movies, but you keep doing it and as the years go by, the movies get a little less shitty. […] Dedication can often make up for a lack of innate talent. But that’s the tricky part. Not learning. The dedication. Not giving up. Because progress is not always linear. There will be times when what you are doing is worse than what you did before and it will feel like you are backing off, but that’s okay. Even in those moments, you are learning things that could be useful later. Or you are learning what just doesn’t work for you. Experience is never a waste. “
David F. Sandberg is an effervescent social media presence, frequently posting videos and jokes about his film projects. These include a video of the ending of Shazam! where the camera spins during Superman’s cameo to reveal an infinitely long neck, and posts fake reviews praising the sequel to Shazam! , which has yet to be done.
Despite his obviously well-developed sense of humor, Sandberg admits in his new video that he feels drained every time he has to attend press tours while promoting his films and prefers to focus on his work. The filmmaker’s love for his craft is evident from his early days when he made zero-budget horror movies with one or two other actors in individual locations.
Sandberg’s path to success in Hollywood despite being an introvert is inspiring to other filmmakers struggling with the daily hustle and bustle of the film industry. A classic sign of introversion is feeling drained and tired from long bouts of social engagement, and the need to spend time alone to recharge. According to Sandberg, that quiet amount of downtime can be a good opportunity to work on future projects in peace.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, and Asher Angel as Billy Batson. The film tells the story of a boy and his family who can transform into magical superheroes with the help of a magical song. The sequel to the film, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2023, after a long delay caused by the 2020 global lockdown.