After some cute back and forth between Shazam! star Zachary Levi and the Entertainment Weekly twitter account:
Just say the magic word
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 17, 2018
…we now have the cover for the upcoming Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly, and it’s about what you’d hope for tone-wise for something being described as “Superman meets Big“.
While there is more, probably lots more, that’s going to be revealed as part of WB’s Hall H presentation on Saturday, this EW piece does have at least one quote that interests me:
“From my perspective, Shazam! represents the next step in the evolution of the DC brand,” producer Peter Safran notes. “You had Wonder Woman, then Aquaman[coming Dec. 21] is another big step, then comes Shazam! — all different movies, but all have a unique tone that moves away from the darkness of the prior DC movies.”
It’s worth noting that Safran’s quote could probably be construed to reflect the general line of thinking behind the scenes on these films now. Wonder Woman is now the bar to meet, and anything related to the Snyder curated trilogy of films is being left in the rearview. In a way, it’s a bit of a return to that oft-repeated WB mantra of very tonally distinct films, or films that are director-driven, if you will.
We’ll see! By the way, I don’t expect many surprises in Hall H this year…my predix are the most obvious: an Aquaman trailer (which is confirmed), some promo/early footage of Shazam!, and a quick behind the scenes hello from the set of Wonder Woman 1984. If anything else happens, I’ll be delighted, but also surprised.
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