The director recently poked fun at the Internet's recent speculation on his Twitter account, where he highlighted a passage from the subreddit DCEULeaks. In it, the poster claims that Sandberg was fired for wanting to make a "gritty" R-rated version of Shazam!, and was kicked out of the Warner Bros. offices because of it. Sandberg very casually debunked that claim, simply saying that reading the subreddit is "the best."
Reading /r/DCEUleaks on reddit is the best pic.twitter.com/8wEaraZf9n— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) November 25, 2017
Obviously, this particular rumor is pretty false, considering what we know about Shazam! (as well as the current state of the other films mentioned, Chris McKay's Nightwing and Joss Whedon's Batgirl). Zachary Levi, who is set to star as Shazam's titular hero, recently compared the film to a family-friendly classic.
"Look the movie I think, ultimately the hope is it's going to feel like the movie Big but with superpowers," Levi said. "I mean that's what Shazam is. Billy Batson who's 13 gets this magical power, he says Shazam, he becomes Captain Marvel Shazam, long story we'll get into that later, and then he becomes me. So you've got to have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you."
This isn't the first time that Sandberg has poked fun at this kind of speculation, jokingly asking one Redditor if he can "take the day off" and sleep in because of these cancellation rumors.
Justice League is now in theaters; Aquaman arrives on December 21, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Wonder Woman 2 on November 1st, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.