A few people have noticed that the trailers and promo photos for DC’s ‘Shazam!‘ have given us slightly different versions of the costume and according to director David F. Sandberg, it’s because we haven’t seen the final look of how it will appear the movie. The reason behind this is actually a bit of a surprise with multiple teasers and images having been officially released at this point. Usually, if a superhero outfit hadn’t been shown off this close to its release date it is usually due to the studio being secretive in the reveal, but in this instance, this isn’t the case.
Here is how Sandberg explains it:
“Making suits is hard. Like painting a room, you can look at little swatches all day, but you won’t really see the effect until it’s done. The color of the finished suit didn’t look quite as expected in some lights (particularly daylight) which is on me since I decided to change fabric very late in prep and there wasn’t time for as many tests. I figured we’d just have to tweak it in post. The first image released though unfortunately didn’t have any post production done to it.”
So that explains why the first promotional image didn’t have any effects on it, but why didn’t we get a final look at it in the trailer or since it was released?
“That was right as we were putting the trailer together. I figured since that image was out there perhaps we shouldn’t stray too far from it in the trailer. Might be confusing. This image is closer to what I’m going for, but it’s all still a work in progress, and we’ll see where we end up. No images (or the trailer) have the finished bolt effect either (it’s not going to be an extreme effect or anything, but it’s not just a simple glow.)”
So basically the reason we haven’t seen the actual look of the suit is that Sandberg is still trying to figure it out. If the bolt isn’t “just a simple glow” as he stated above, my money is some kind of lightning effect to match the symbol would be put in place. If not always active, potentially just showing up when there is action or Billy Batson is turning into his heroic alter-ego.
Are you looking forward to seeing the final iteration of this superhero costume in ‘Shazam!’? How different do you feel the final product will be from the promotional material so far? What beyond a simple glow might show up here? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Shazam!’ will fly into your local theaters on April 5th, 2019!