'Shazam!' is for DC what 'Deadpool' is for Marvel, the name dropping is only the beginning
'Shazam!' the upcoming DCEU movie starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer is slated to release on April 5
The 'Shazam!' public preview has got the word out and it's all glowing reviews for the Zachary Levi and Asher Angel starrer. This is the third big win for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) stand-alone films after the success of 'Wonder Woman' and 'Aquaman'. So, we say Levi's 'Shazam!' is for DCEU what 'Deadpool' is for Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The similarities between the two films are quite simple - the name dropping of characters from their extended universe - who can forget Deadpool's obsession with Logan? 'Shazam!' has taken it a step further by not just dropping names of DC Universe's favorite heroes such as Batman and Superman, but director David F Sandberg has added an interesting angle to harking back to the DCEU heroes.
In one of the trailers that were released for 'Shazam!', we saw Levi as the superhero throw a life-sized Batman stuffed doll at a man to escape him. In the first ever trailer, there were more mentions, with newspapers that had 'Superman' written in bold for headlines, the Batman logo statuette in Freddy Freeman's room, his Batman bag (which, by the way, is not the original Batman logo design).
At one point, fans even noted that Superman's super-suit was different from his previous appearances in the universe and when a fan tweeted at the director to ask what was up, he spun a hilarious scenario for the movie.
In the movie those toy designers all get fired for taking creative license. It’s a big plot point that sets up the villain of Shazam 2. https://t.co/aBIJSGTmFX— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) December 28, 2018
The fan asked, "Ok so I saw Aquaman in IMAX. We got the #Shazam trailer. I noticed some things I have questions about. @ponysmasher, Superman doesn't wear the undies in the DCEU and that isn't the Batman logo. So is this film outside of the universe? Is it being rebooted? Or...?" To this, the director responded, "In the movie those toy designers all get fired for taking creative license. It’s a big plot point that sets up the villain of Shazam 2." Not sure if its just me, or if there was a sliver of sarcasm in his reply, but it is hilarious either way.
Furthermore, another trailer released quite recently sees Shazam and the villain Dr Thaddeus Sivana face off and fly towards each other in the background, while a kid copies the same movements with his action figures of Batman and the Superman in the foreground as the kid hums the original 'Superman' theme by John Williams.
In addition, Henry Cavill was also speculated to do a cameo for the post-credit scene. Cavill's manager also teased something along those lines when she shared a picture of herself with Cavill on March 26 and captioned it, "Who is this man? What are we saying? What are we planning? Oh, it's goood... You'll thank me later. @GarciaCompanies."