Shazam! is shaping up to be one of the most interesting superhero movies to release in recent memory. For one, it is yet another step in course-correction for the DC Extended Universe as the franchise aims for a lighter tone compared to darker, broody tone of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice along with Zachary Levi in the suit as the most childlike hero in the DCEU. Also, it is a film that is more self-aware about its existence in the DC Comics canon with many visible Easter Eggs showing the broader DCEU.
Zachary Levi recently explained why Shazam! is set in the midst of all the action of other heroes. Given that the character played by Jack Dylan Grazer is a big fan of superheroes, we also see how children in the DCEU look up to the ideals that these heroes display when they need to achieve justice for those attacked.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Levi revealed why the film is the most self-aware of any DC film thus far:
“Our movie takes place very squarely in the DC Universe. In fact, I would argue that we’re kind of the most self-aware of it because the movies that we all watch — I mean, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman— they’re all basically documentaries in their world. These things, these are all real events that have happened. Batman and Superman fighting, Superman saving all of Metropolis, whilst simultaneously destroying the entire city — that all really happened.”
Based off of his comments, Shazam! may contain the most Easter Eggs to the rest of the DCEU than any other film has done before. Sure, the film will still focus primarily on young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) learning how to be a superhero, but given the nature and tone of this story, we will be seeing how the impact of other superheroes affects others on a more intimate level.
Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Djimon Honsou and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana. Here’s the official 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).”
Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.
Source: ET Online