WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Shazam!, in theaters now.
Shazam! unmistakably takes place in the DC Extended Universe. Freddy Freeman has a collection of t-shirts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, Zod's invasion from Man of Steel is seen on the cover of a magazine and, oh yeah, Superman shows up at the end of the film.
However, outside of the Man of Steel's brief cameo, Shazam! doesn't actually offer any big crossover moments with other superheroes. That is, outside of the movie's credits. If you stick around once the movie ends, you'll be treated to a credits sequence that is the DCEU movie we would all love to see.
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Much of Shazam! is spent developing Billy Batson into a superhero -- but he's far from the only character in the film who gets powers when all is said and done. After Billy shares his power with the rest of his foster brothers and sisters, the Shazam Family is born, and six super-powered children take to the skies to save Philadelphia from Doctor Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Considering that both the Shazam Family and Justice League have six members, Shazam! fans will undoubtedly want see them interact, which is why the film's credits sequence is such a treat. As the names of the cast and crew unfold on the screen, animated sequences show the various members of the Shazam Family having fun with the League. Whether its Darla racing against the Flash or Billy stealing the Batmobile and taking Wonder Woman to prom, there are many of these fun little scenes showing a potential of crossover between the two properties.
Now that Warner Bros.' DCEU has let go of the darker tone of prior movies and replaced it with colorful and fun-filled films, we would love to see something similar to Shazam!'s credits animation actually take place in a DCEU movie. The studio now has two super-teams in the same universe, and we all want to see the hijinks that will unfold once the two share the screen.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, 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. The film is in theaters now.