The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. After the MCU revolutionized serialized storytelling, Warner Bros. got in on the action with its own universe, which was born from the success of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. And while there have been quite a few missteps along the way, DC is currently riding high on the success of Aquaman, as well as the anticipation for David F. Sandberg's upcoming Shazam!
Shazam! will bring a sense of youthful energy to the DC Universe, telling the story about 14-year-old Billy Batson, who acquires powers that transform him into the superhero Shazam. Billy's friend Freddy is a hardcore fan of the DCEU's heroes, especially Superman. A new rumor indicated that John Williams' iconic theme song from the Superman movies would pop up in Shazam! by a character humming the tune. But don't get too excited, as David F. Sandberg shot those rumors down, with:
Another rumor bites the dust. We've got a few more months before Shazam! finally arrives in theaters, so smart money says the director may have to take down a few more rumors before the film is released.
David F. Sandberg is very generous with his time on social media, especially Twitter. The filmmaker regularly uses the site to communicate directly with the fandom, especially the generations of DC moviegoers who can't wait for Shazam to finally appear in live-action. So when a rumor circulated about his upcoming DC film utilizing the beloved John Williams Superman song, minds were blown. Alas, that story was just another rumor.
This rumor about Shazam!'s soundtrack does make sense, considering how full of easter eggs the upcoming blockbuster will be. While it doesn't appear the titular hero will interact with any members of the Justice League, the movie is set within the same cinematic universe. And since it's focused on regular people living in a superpowered world, we'll see how the events of movies like Justice League, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad affected the general population.
For Billy's friend Freddy, it's by totally becoming a fanboy for the good guys. That supporting character, played by IT standout Jack Dylan Grazer, will reportedly be the source for much of the film's easter eggs, as his room is filled with superheroic memorabilia and news clippings. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean he'll be humming along to the theme of Superman anytime throughout the course of the movie.
As a reminder, you can hear that iconic theme song below.
It's just so good.
The DC live-action universe definitely hasn't had many iconic theme songs, although the current slate of movie will take the shared universe to new and exciting places. The one musical exception is Wonder Woman's theme, which debuted during the climactic final battle of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Will Shazam! have its own iconic composition? We'll just have to wait and see.
Shazam! will arrive in theaters April 5th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.