Shazam! Director Used Logan as a Information in Connecting Billy Batson to the DCEU
In the world of superhero films, it’s hard to imagine two films that are different than Shazam! and Logan. One is a bright and happy children’s film while the other is a somber and grim meditation on getting older and dying. But when David F. Sandberg, who staged Shazam! The two films recently indicated on Twitter that they have something in common in terms of appreciation for the larger superhero world they live in.
“In the world of Shazam, the events of Man of Steel & BvS happened, but we also see that there are toys and merchandise of these characters and people who are fans, like Freddy. A bit like in Logan We see that there are X-Men comics, but X-Men are real at the same time. ”
In hindsight, both the films that used toys and comics to acknowledge their superhero stance were a stroke of genius, as they were able to address their ties to their respective franchises while heading in an entirely new direction with no baggage. In Logan, for example, the events of the previous X-Men films were referred to only as oversized adventures that the world remembers as comic book stories that were far removed from the reality of the present film.
In Shazam !, the film takes place in the notoriously gritty world of the DCEU, where Superman is viewed as an alien threat who killed a man in public, Batman regularly throws down criminals, and the Justice League is far from a shining beacon of morality for the world.
Despite such a dark environment David F. Sandberg addressed the presence of the other superheroes only through action figures and conversations between the main actor and his siblings. Thus, the DCEU was seen through a younger, more hopeful lens, in which the Batman versus Superman events were reduced to two action figures of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel being beaten up by a kid, and Superman doing most of “Superman” in his entire DCEU career when he showed up at the end of the film to support a bullied kid in high school.
Of course, much of what helped set Shazam up has! Other than that, Zachary Levi’s self-conscious portrayal of a sunny, cheerful superhero was given the difficult task of playing a small child trapped in the body of an adult superhero. In a previous interview, Sandberg had explained what makes Levi’s portrayal of Shazam different from the rest of the DCEU.
“”[Zach] is a big kid. It was very interesting because when I auditioned all these people in front of him I saw what a lot of people do when they try to act like a kid, which means they lower their IQ or act dumber. But when I saw Zach, he was more concerned with excitement and excitement that felt so much like a real kid. And I think that’s what really sets adults apart from children. Kids have this excitement and enthusiasm for things that adults … I don’t know if it’s just the world’s problems on our shoulders or whatever, but to me it was like he was feeling like a big kid . He just felt perfect for the role. ”
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! Fury of the Gods plays Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Marta Milans as Mama Rosa. The film will be released in cinemas on June 2, 2023.
In the world of Shazam, the events of Man of Steel & BvS happened, but we also see there are toys and merchandise of these characters and people who are fans, like Freddy. A bit like Logan, we see that there are X-Men comics, but X-Men are real at the same time.
– David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) February 9, 2021