Shazam! director recently confirmed there will be no Green Lantern easter eggs in the film and the world may be better off without them!
Our Executive Editor Nathaniel Brail had a chat with Shazam! director David F. Sandberg and while speaking about Mark Strong and his reprisal as DC villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, they reminisced about the deeply flawed Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern. If can you remember, Strong played the part of Green Lantern Corp-gone-bad Sinestro in that film. Although his depiction was one of the least criticized points in Green Lantern, the movie was a shameful disappointment for fans and critics alike. After talking about the evident abilities that Mark Strong has as an actor, our Executive Editor asked Sanberg if there was any reference to the failed film and he answered with a sweet and simple No:
Reporter: Can you tell us a little bit about Mark Strong as a villain? He’s one of the few parts of the Green Lantern movie that people don’t usually criticize.
Reporter: So, and he talked about how this was kind of a second chance at playing the villain but…
Sandberg: Yeah, and he really enjoys playing a villain as well. He really has fun with being a bad guy, which is great, because it’s just so fun to watch with someone who enjoys being evil. Yeah, we’re very lucky to get him, because he’s such a great actor.
Reporter: Is there any sort of fun Easter egg to his character from Green Lantern in this movie?
Sandberg: No, there isn’t.
It’s clear that neither Sandberg, DC, Warner Bros or even the fans want to remember that film. Although it would have been something to laugh at, as we did in both Deadpool movies when Wade Wilson used Hal Jordan to pull some smiles off of our faces, we think that DC fans are more excited about new Green Lantern content and if we will ever see the Corps. in the silver screen.
In the meantime, we’ll have Shazam! coming up and here’s its synopsis:
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas.
Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
Here’s What We Learned On The Set Of DC’s ‘Shazam!’ Movie
Shazam! I’m writing that because I’ve had to use all the powers of an ancient Egyptian wizard to contain my excitement and prevent me from telling you the things I’m about to tell you at this moment. Back in April, I got the invitation of a lifetime. Warner Brothers, New Line and DC began sending out invitations to the set of the Shazam! movie.
I was lucky enough to be one of the few journalists invited to the set of Shazam! and I have to say I saw some pretty fantastical things. This was Heroic Hollywood’s second set visit and my first time ever visiting a movie set, so as a movie fan, I was excited, and as a DC Comics fan, I was screaming internally.
This was my first time visiting Toronto and it came with such a cool stipulation. The other journalists and I arrived in Toronto on Wednesday, April 17, 2018. We got to enjoy the beautiful city on our first night there and then on Thursday morning, we were up bright and early to visit the set of the film.
It was cold day in Toronto and me and a bunch of other journalists made our way to Pinewood Studios to visit the set of the Shazam! movie. We were directed into this office where they showed us this terrific sizzle reel and told us almost everything about the movie. Now that the embargo has officially lifted, I can finally tell you almost everything we learned on set of Shazam.
There’s a bunch of cool things about Shazam! that you guys have yet to discover and I’m excited to dissect it for you in the following slideshow. Hit next as I reveal almost everything about my Heroic mission to the Shazam! set.