Since then Iron Man Debuting in 2013, the DCEU has been fighting the general perception that the films in the franchise are unnecessarily dark and “edgy.” The problem is, a minority of fans loudly dismiss any DCEU movie that leans more toward comedy or fluff. Director of Shazam. David F. Sandberg I recently had an encounter with a fan on Twitter. When the fan wrote, “We’re not fans of the Shazam comedy,” Sandberg responded with a piece of fanart and an accompanying comment: “Great, so you’ll love the new direction we’re taking the character in! # ItsNotAPhaseMom.”

the Shazam 2 fan art shows an altered image of the original Shazam! movie, where the titular hero’s appearance has been drastically changed to make his vibrant red suit a dull gray. The dark circles under the character’s eyes, his pale complexion, and his angry expression further emphasize that this new Shazam is no longer a carefree guy, but a dark, brooding hero who can erupt at any moment.

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The joke is particularly effective because everything about Shazam in his movie seemed specially designed to avoid the “dark antihero” tropes that the DCEU is so heavily populated with. Featuring Superman snapping Zod’s neck, Batman shooting criminals in cold blood, and a deleted scene from Batman v. Superman showing Wonder Woman posing for a photo while holding a severed head, the “edgy” Shazam could have easily become another darker DCEU character.

Instead, the character stayed true to his nature in the comics, a little boy who can transform into a powerful superhero just by speaking a word, and who learns the true meaning of family as he jokes with his brother and happily builds his social networks. presence. Actor Zachary Levi proved to be the unexpectedly perfect choice to play a child trapped in the body of an adult superhero. In an earlier interview, Sandberg had explained how Levi handled his acting in the film.

“[Zach] he is a big boy. It was very interesting, because by auditioning all these people before him, I saw what a lot of people do when they try to act like a kid, which is they lower their IQ or act more foolish. But then when I saw Zach, he had more enthusiasm and excitement, which sounded a lot like a genuine child. And I think that’s what really distinguishes, what distinguishes adults from children. Children have this excitement and this enthusiasm for things that adults … I don’t know if it’s just the problems of the world on our shoulders or whatever, but to me it was like he felt like a big child. It just felt perfect for the role. “

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the upcoming sequel to Shazam!, titled Shazam !: Fury of the Gods stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Marta Milans as Mama Rosa. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.

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