While there are going to be plenty of Easter Eggs for DC films in ‘Shazam!’, director David F. Sandberg has shared that it is very much a standalone movie. This isn’t actually too surprising as DC has been seeing more of their hits coming in the form of character development in a solo film as opposed to rushing to throw everyone together as they did in ‘Justice League.’
Sandberg was asked if the movie was primed to set up anything else in the DC Universe or even the Black Adam solo film starring Dwayne Johnson and he gave the vaguest answer ever:
“Well, I mean, this movie’s mostly just about introducing Billy Batson and Shazam, and who he is, how he came to be. Yeah, it takes place in this DC world, where all these heroes exist, but in some ways, yeah, it’s both sort of self-contained, while also being a part of something bigger. But yeah, that’s a non-answer.”
I’m just glad that Sandberg realized he didn’t really follow through on the question and addressed that. In doing so, he was asked if you had to have seen the other DC films to enjoy this one fully:
“No, in that case, it’s very standalone. Like, you don’t have to have seen any of the other films, because it’s its own contained story really. Yeah, it’s just more the world of it that’s part of it.”
Those who like the look of this more family-friendly film and haven’t been able to sit through some of DC’s prior outings will be thrilled to know that they won’t be missing anything having not seen a movie here or there.
Are you excited for the release of ‘Shazam!’? Do you believe making this more of a standalone film was the right way to go? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still, a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
‘Shazam!’ will be flying into your local theater on April 5th, 2019!
Source: Heroic Hollywood