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With Aquaman’s record-breaking box office numbers, including its rise past $1 billion worldwide and surpassing DC’s former No. 1 hit, The Dark Knight Rises, the DC Extended Universe is riding a high wave of cash. As the underwater epic soon makes its way out of theaters and to home release, it looks like the film will be helping along the DCEU's next installment, Shazam! with an exclusive sneak peek of the film within Aquaman’s bonus features.
Details of the German DVD release of Aquaman recently surfaced, and a three-and-a-half minute “Shazam Sneak Peek” was listed, per a recent tweet from Anton Volkov of Trailer Track.
This is exciting news! The idea of buying Aquaman on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital just got a lot easier if the final release will in fact give fans an inside look into the next DCEU film. This also means Aquaman will likely get a home release sometime in March, since Shazam! comes to theaters on April 5, and having a sneak peek doesn’t exactly make sense when it comes out after the movie is already in theaters.
While Shazam! shares the same universe with Aquaman, there isn’t expected to be much of a connection between the two films, as both are focused on telling the origin story of superheroes on the big screen for the first time ever.
The upcoming movie will follow a 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is chosen by a Wizard to become “Shazam!”, an adult superhero who he transform into by shouting his name. Zachary Levi stars as the brawny, big-boy hero version of Billy, who looks like he has a blast being a hero with his friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) before they come across supervillain Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong).
From what we’ve seen so far, Shazam! is reminiscent of the 1998 comedy Big starring Tom Hanks, but with superheroes, which sounds awesome! The more positive outlook on the DCEU, following the success of Aquaman, could certainly propel Shazam! forward into similar territory. However, April will be jam-packed with comic book adaptations. Directly a week after Shazam! opens, Hellboy will hit theaters, and then two weeks later, the highest-anticipated film of the year Avengers: Endgame will debut. Yikes!
In addition to an up-and-coming Shazam! sneak peek, the above breakdown includes loads of bonus feature content for fans of Aquaman. It looks like the content will cover everything from the film’s groundbreaking underwater special effects, Black Manta and quite a few “scene study breakdowns” for some of the big action sequences.
Considering Aquaman was a technical accomplishment, it’s one of those films many of us could just sit and have a blast watching these behind-the-scenes looks, in addition to enjoying the movie all over again as well. There’s been no official release date set for the home release, but it’s a-coming soon! Shazam! will hit theaters on April 5.