Seeing a film in IMAX can alert a viewer to background details that you might not notice on your computer or even a standard movie screen, including incorrect outfits on superhero toys. When asked about non-canonical outfits on background merchandising, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg joked about the discrepancy motivating the sequel's plot.
Over on Twitter, one fan shared screenshots of a Superman toy and a Batman backpack. These toys feature outfits that more closely resemble their comic book costumes which are quite different from the outfits they wear in the DC Extended Universe. This caused the fan to hypothesize that the new film doesn't take place in the same universe as the rest of the films.
Sandberg jokingly replied, "In the
While the substitution of familiar logos understandably inspires some questions, it wouldn't be the first time the
This isn't the only time Sandberg has teased fans about the new film and its costumes, having previously joked that main character Billy Batson would borrow an outfit from another hero.
When a fan asked if Batson would get various costumes in the new film, Sandberg replied, "Yeah, sometimes he wears Aquaman’s suit. It was a late addition but after seeing the Chinese box office numbers it was the right thing to do."
In the film, "We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou).
Shazam! lands in theaters on April 5, 2019. Stay tuned for details about Batman and Superman's future in the