As 2018 comes to a close, director David F. Sandberg's upcoming DC film Shazam! is now just over three months away. However, some details tying the film to Warner Bros.' greater DC film universe are only now getting attention.
Specifically, young actor Joshua Erenberg (The Green Hornet, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) pointed out in a tweet to Sandberg that, in the Shazam! trailer, the outfit worn by a toy of Superman, as well as the Batman logo on a child's backpack, are not consistent with what we've seen in the DCEU so far.
"Ok, so I saw Aquaman in IMAX. We got the Shazam! trailer. I noticed some things I have questions about," Erenberg explained. "[David F. Sandberg], Superman doesn't wear the undies in the DCEU and that isn't the DCEU Batman logo. So is this film outside of the universe? Is it being rebooted? Or...?"
Sandberg then responded with a rather humorous tweet of his own, in which he explained that it's actually all part of a larger, multi-film plot thread.
"In the movie those toy designers all get fired for taking creative license," said Sandberg. "It's a big plot point that sets up the villain of Shazam 2."
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
Of course, it's apparent that this is mostly just a joke on Sandberg's part (in spite of how interesting the prospect of Billy Batson battling disgruntled toy designers is.) Even so, it certainly will be interesting to see just how the film addresses its connection (or lack thereof) to the current DCEU as we know it, given the uncertainty that has been surrounding the franchise as of late.
At any rate, the director seemingly hasn't lost a step as far as his sense of humor is concerned, which likely bodes well for those eagerly anticipating Shazam!'s release.
Arriving on April 5, 2019, director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez.