Shazam! is invoking a lot of tributes and acknowledgement of DCEU lore, not the least of which includes references to Superman’s adventures since arriving on Earth. And if the recent TV spot is any indication, there will be plenty of nods to Man of Steel. And Zachary Levi is paying attention to fan creations as well.
Fans have already created various images and gifs that bring Shazam! into the rest of the DCEU fold, but with the recent TV spot, one Twitter user took it upon themselves to combine a moment from Shazam! with Man of Steel. The gif begins and ends with Pery’s conversation with Lois in Man of Steel about her potentially covering aliens. Though the subtitle for Perry’s first line is “So you’re a superhero and you want me to write about you?” We then cut to the scene in the recent Shazam! TV spot with Freddy and Zachary Levi’s Billy Batson in search of a base.
The two respond with an enthusiastic “Yes” to Perry’s question, and then we get the “Never gonna happen” line, which is an actual line from Man of Steel. Here’s the original tweet:
So what does Zachary Levi have to do with this? Well, like David F. Sandberg, the actor takes note of fan creations, and he both retweeted and approved of the combination of Shazam! and Man of Steel, as you can see in his tweet below:
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) January 21, 2019
While there’s no telling yet just who, if at all, Billy Batson may run into since his world is populated with superheroes, this would no doubt get fans even more excited at the idea of Shazam meeting Superman. Again, the tributes to Man of Steel cannot be an accident or mere coincidence. But still, what do you think of this gif? Would you want to see Shazam meet the Man of Steel and other heroes in the DCEU? And more importantly, would Perry White really not write a story about Shazam!? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
In the meantime, here’s the synopsis for the upcoming DC film:
“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 Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans and Djimon Hounsou.
The film will hit theaters next year on April 5, 2019.
Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More
Photographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.
The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.
You can check out the images in the gallery below.
Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Source: Clay Enos