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Shazam! director David Sandberg comments on hero's updated super suit

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Sep 5, 2018, 5:18 PM EDT

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel may be grabbing all the major headlines today with her costume reveal and the plot tidbits from upcoming MCU film, but the original Captain Marvel, DC’s very own Shazam, isn’t left standing entirely in the cold when it comes to news.

Following the release of a new image of Zachary Levi’s man of might on the cover of Pre.View magazine, the film’s director, David Sandberg, took to Reddit to address the changes to Shazam’s super suit.

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That’s right, Shazam doesn’t even have to wait until his inevitable sequel to receive a few tweaks to his duds. The new image from the film, shown here, doesn’t offer anything drastically different for the look of DC’s hero, who audiences were introduced to in Warner Bros.’ SDCC trailer, but Shazam’s suit is a noticeably darker shade of red. It’s not a huge deal but the updated suit does highlight the texture of the design a little more and add a bit more realism. After fans noticed the difference between this image and previous images, Sandberg, who has been noticeably open about his creative process during the film’s production, commented on the costume update:

“Making suits is hard. Like painting a room you can look at little swatches all day but you won't really see the effect until it's done. The color of the finished suit didn't look quite as expected in some lights (particularly daylight) which is on me since I decided to change fabric very late in prep and there wasn't time for as many tests. I figured we'd just have to tweak it in post. The first image released though unfortunately didn't have any post production done to it. That was right as we were putting the trailer together. I figured since that image was out there perhaps we shouldn't stray too far from it in the trailer. Might be confusing.”

Sandberg definitely has a point. Comic book movies fans are quick to notice things (hence his commentary on this latest development), and any changes made to the look of the costume between its photo debut and trailer release might have hampered what has been a very confident marketing effort so far. But the shade of red isn’t the only aspect of Shazam’s costume subject to change before the film hits theaters. Sandberg also revealed:

“This image is closer to what I'm going for, but it's all still a work in progress and we'll see where we end up. No images (or the trailer) have the finished bolt effect either (it's not going to be an extreme effect or anything but it's not just a simple glow).”

Whatever the final result, we’re confident Shazam is going to end up looking great and worthy of his comic book nickname, “the big red cheese.”

Shazam! hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.