Some DCEU movies contain more Easter eggs than others, and Shazam! looks like it might be one of the most self-referential DC movies yet. The film looks packed to the brim with fun nods, and a recent post by director David F. Sandberg revealed an interesting bit of information courtesy of a copy of The Daily Planet in the bedroom of Freddy Freeman. Specifically, it looks like the people of Earth may actually blame Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom for Steppenwolf's attack on Earth in Justice League. The newspaper reporting on the alien invasion of Russia in Freddy's room says:
It's technically not wrong. Lex Luthor technically did call Steppenwolf in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which eventually paved the way for Darkseid's uncle to show up in his quest for the Mother Boxes. That said, Justice League makes very few references to Lex, so this paper provides further insight into how Earth's citizens responded to the mysterious crisis in Russia. With the Justice League helping to pick up the pieces, blame has been placed at the feet of Lex Luthor and "his associates," which might mean the Legion of Doom teased at the end of Justice League's post-credits scene.
We should also note that the newspaper doesn't explicitly lay out if it's talking about the events of Justice League when it calls out Lex Luthor. The paper acts as a compilation of all of the significant events that have taken place in the DCEU thus far, with references to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also present. With that in mind, it remains entirely possible that the quote is relating to the arrival of Doomsday in Zack Snyder's previous movie, though the inclusion of the quote near more Justice League-oriented content leaves it open to interpretation.
CinemaBlend will bring you more Shazam!-related news as further details associated with the film are made available to us. The film will premiere on April 5, 2019, but before then, get ready to journey to the bottom of the seven seas when James Wan's Aquaman hits theaters later this year on December 21.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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