Shazam! would be the first DCEU solo movie that includes a superhero who wasn’t launched in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice and didn’t combat alongside the trinity in Justice League. At a look, Shazam! may seem to happen in a distinct world fully, however a brand new video from the movie makes it clear that Billy Batson’s superhero exists within the DC world with references to Superman and the Justice League. Have a look:
This Chinese language spot for Shazam! on Twitter exhibits that this film takes place in a world like ours the place youngsters are huge followers of superheroes, however in contrast to ours it’s a place the place superheroes really exists. Freddy Freeman is a giant superhero fan and is thrilled to search out that his new foster brother has superpowers, dropping references to Superman and different members of the Justice League.
As we’ve seen within the earlier trailers, Freddy has one in all Batman’s Batarangs, so not solely is Batman somebody youngsters idolize, he has his personal memorabilia. It’s additionally enjoyable to listen to Freddy say “heroes fly” after the primary Shazam! trailer, the place Billy Batson was testing out his new powers and having problem doing far more than spectacular leaping. To Freddy and youngsters like him, Superman is on the high of the superhero mountain, largely because of his powers of flight.
Freddy particularly references Superman’s demise in Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice, exhibiting how the occasions of the earlier movies are frequent information in Shazam!
The most effective reference to the Justice League on this video is when a clearly out of his ingredient Billy Batson tells Freddy Freeman that he can’t discuss to fish, asking what good that energy could be even when he may. It is a hilarious reference to the long-standing criticism and joke about Aquaman that he’s the hero that talks to fish.
Freddy Freeman dunks on this oversimplification, saying that Aquaman’s powers enable him to command a military of billions of ocean dwellers. This appears to reference the occasions of December’s Aquaman and the battle that came about beneath the floor. Whereas saying this Freddy additionally tugs at his shirt that seems to have the Aquaman emblem on it.
In contrast to The Strolling Lifeless, which takes place in a world the place zombies have been by no means half of popular culture, Shazam! takes place in a world the place superheroes are one thing youngsters obsess over whereas additionally being actual. That’s what makes the self-esteem of this film so enjoyable, a child will get the sorts of powers that each child goals of getting. He will get to expertise all the fun of these powers whereas additionally discovering that with nice energy…you recognize the remaining.
These little Easter eggs are enjoyable for DC followers however they do elevate some attention-grabbing questions in regards to the DCEU total and the place Shazam! suits in it. The underwater world was being denied within the media in Aquaman, Superman was a controversial public determine and Batman was being seen as a prison in BvS. In Shazam! these superheroes are beloved by youngsters and have their very own merchandise.
That makes the timeline for Shazam! in relation to the remainder of the DCEU type of murky. We all know that at one level Henry Cavill’s Superman was anticipated to make a cameo in Shazam! and Zachary Levi remains to be hoping for his character to be a part of the Justice League someday, however the continuity is all a bit unclear.
It’s in all probability finest to not overthink it. The DCEU could also be useless as Warner Bros. appears to be transferring additional and additional away from the shared cinematic universe mannequin and simply specializing in making one of the best films it could one after the other. To that finish the early reactions to Shazam! are very optimistic teasing that the precise movie is simply as enjoyable because the trailers and movies just like the one above make it out to be.
Shazam! bolts into theaters on April 5. Try our 2019 Launch Schedule to maintain observe of this and all the opposite huge films coming this yr.