A new fan-made poster for David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! features Zachary Levi's Shazam and Ray Fisher's Cyborg. While the upcoming film will be starkly different from other DC Comics movies that have released in recent years, it's still exists within the overarching DC film universe that officially began with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, which was a follow-up to the filmmaker's 2013 movie, Man of Steel.
Shazam! recently wrapped production, and while an actual first look from Warner Bros. has yet to release, Levi teased fans with an unofficial first look at Shazam! on Instagram last week. Although the photo - showing Levi pointing to an image of himself as Shazam, slurping on a drink - has since been taken down, that hasn't stopped fans from using the image for their amusement, photoshopping it into various DCEU movies. Sandberg even got in on the fun this weekend by replacing Superman with Shazam in a clip from Batman V Superman. And now, one fan has paired up Shazam with Cyborg in a new fan-made poster.
Twitter user MessyPandas made a Shazam! poster that depicts a charming scene of Zachary Levi's Shazam hanging out with Ray Fisher's Cyborg on a rooftop, playing a game of Street Fighter 2 on the SNES. For once, Cyborg even gets put to good use, projecting the game on a billboard across the street. Take a look:
Interestingly, Sandberg’s previous playful video utilized a resource from MessyPandas’ own DeviantArt page, so this new creative homage to the upcoming film brings it back full circle. The asset the director plucked from this resource was a “Big Gulp Shazam Transparent” PNG file, which was designed to be easily placed within a new digital image or video.
All-in-all, these goofy concepts contrast greatly with the DCEU’s main slate of releases, some of which have been criticized for being too dark and overly serious. While some movies may continue that tradition in future releases, Shazam! is slated to become the DCEU's most lighthearted movie yet, which all boils down to the titular character essentially being a 14-year-old boy in an adult superhero's body; that's why the film has been referred to as Big, but with superheroes.
While it doesn't seem like a teaser trailer will release just yet, these social media fan-creations are providing DCEU fans with more than enough entertainment for now. But, they are far and ahead of Shazam!'s theatrical release date, which is set for April 2019.
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
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