‘Shazam!’ Director Explains Why John Williams’ Superman Theme Was Used

David F. Sandberg recently explained why John Williams' Superman theme was used in the DC Extended Universe film.

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Shazam! director David F. Sandberg explained why John Williams’ Superman theme was used at the end of the DC film instead of Hans Zimmer’s from Man of Steel.

The DC Extended Universe has featured some incredible music, but Hans Zimmer’s Superman theme from Man of Steel might still be the best theme we’ve heard so far. However, both Justice League and Shazam! opted to use John Williams’ iconic Superman theme instead of the notes from Zimmer’s “What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?”

While contract negotiations reportedly kept Henry Cavill’s Superman out of the first Shazam! movie, his suit was still used during the character’s quick cameo at the end of the film. Director David F. Sandberg recently explained on Twitter why they decided to use John Williams’ Superman theme instead of Han Zimmer’s even though Shazam! takes place in the DC Extended Universe.

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Here is the synopsis for the first Shazam! movie:

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 quick.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the film stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans and Djimon Hounsou.

Shazam! is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Shazam! sequel as we learn it. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content in the future!

Source: David F. Sandberg

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.