Zachary Levi’s unique Shazam! film noticed a 14-year-old boy known as Billy Baston with the power to show into an grownup superhero. Followers will bear in mind the powers testing montage which had Don’t Cease Me Now by Freddie Mercury’s Queen taking part in excessive. But after the DC film’s launch in 2019 Shazam!’s director David F Sandberg revealed that he needed an Elvis Presley Easter Egg due to The King’s love for unique comics.
A fan requested Sandberg on Twitter on the time: “How a lot artistic management do you and different administrators actually have individually on the telling of your movie? I’m assuming there are nearly like showrunners for these mega-series, proper?”
The director mentioned he may solely converse for Shazam, however admitted he had quite a lot of artistic management. He mentioned: “I believe the most important disagreement on Shazam was some tune selections.”
Sandberg continued: “I needed Elvis for the powers testing montage, studio needed Queen. However Elvis or Queen is type of a win both means. The explanation I needed Elvis was as a result of he was an enormous fan of Captain Marvel Jr [aka Shazam Jr] and primarily based his stage outfit on him. However I’ve to confess that Queen works actually rattling nicely in that scene.”
Simply as Elvis was a fan of Captain Marvel Jr, the character turned an Elvis fan within the comics. As for which tune the director had in thoughts for the Shazam! montage, he mentioned, A Little Much less Dialog, which ended up within the 2023 sequel.
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The 2001 JXL Remix of Elvis’ A Little Much less Dialog is performed over the top credit of Shazam 2 in tribute to the King. Followers might also keep in mind that Captain Marvel Jr is talked about a number of occasions in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, which was additionally produced by Warner Bros.
The superhero’s true identification is Freddy Freeman, Shazam’s foster brother, who’s performed by Jack Dylan Grazer as an adolescent and by Adam Brody when a superhero.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is out now.