Shazam! Now Tracking For Lower $40 To $45 Million Opening
Well, this is kind of a bummer. It looks like box office predictions for DC Films’ latest flick Shazam! is slowly going decreasing as its April 5 release date approaches. A few weeks back, I reported on some projections from the outlet Box Office Pro, which has the film pegged to hit around $48 million domestically in its opening weekend. Now, it looks like new projections are slightly lower, though still fairly close to that initial estimate.
The new predictions come courtesy of Deadline, who is stating the film is set to make somewhere between $40 million and $45 million in its opening weekend in North America. I’ll admit, this is a bit disappointing to me. The more I see of the movie, the more I’m really excited for it. With its kid-centric premise and its willingness to be a bit more Amblin-esque in how it handles the more adult material, I find myself warming up to it more and more.
That being said, some perspective is definitely warranted here. Unlike many other DC films, Shazam! wasn’t made for a budget north of $150 million. In fact, by all accounts, its budget is more in the neighborhood of $80 to $90 million, which makes that $45 million opening sound not-so-bad, especially when it’ll be opening all over the world.
Another tick in its favor is social media reactions so far. Our own interviewers saw and really liked the movie, and their own comments on it have been mirrored all over the web — that it’s an endearing good time. Should this perception continue with audiences, there’s a good chance this could have a solid tail, allowing it to perform decently leading up to Avengers: Endgame (and maybe even past that film’s release, as it can appeal to a more casual audience).
Why The Best Moment From The Shazam! Trailers Isn’t In The Movie
One great moment from the Shazam! trailers is confirmed to not be in the movie. The first DC film of 2019 – and the only one set in the world of the DCEU – has had a rather surprising marketing campaign. Shazam’s near-three-minute teaser trailer released at SDCC in July 2018, but for almost eight months there wasn’t a follow-up; theaters got an edited version of the Comic-Con trailer and TV spots revealed more footage, but it wasn’t until early March an official trailer was released.
Not that the staggered approach matters when a movie looks as good as Shazam! does. Indeed, the latest international trailer is full of exciting moments, from Billy Batson jumping off a rooftop and transforming into his superhero form in mid-air to a villain monologue going unheard because the hero lacks super hearing. The absolute highlight, though, has to be the massive meta wink to Batman and Superman; the trailer shows a child playing with toys looking like the DCEU versions of the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel (nodding towards their clash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) humming the John Williams’ Superman theme before Shazam and Dr. Sivanna clash in front of him.
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Sadly, this isn’t actually in the movie releasing next month. Director David Sandberg has been saying as much on Twitter since reports of the Shazam! trailer scene made their way online in January, and now it’s been officially released has repeated it. While the moment is a highpoint of the marketing, it’s only in the film sans the classic Superman music. According to Sandberg, that was a decision of the trailer editors and not anybody involved with the main production.
Shazam Batman and Superman Child
While this would have given an already humorous joke a neat meta tinge, there is some fair logic for Shazam! not using the trailer moment. While it’s funny in a short piece of marketing, it wouldn’t make much sense in the world of the movie; it would canonize the Williams’ Superman theme within the DCEU, and to some degree the Christopher Reeve movies with it. This effect is doubly true given how that music has already been used in the franchise’s soundscape.
The John Williams’ Superman theme from the Christopher Reeve era is viewed by many as the defining sound of Kal-El, although has a rather complicated relationship to the DCEU. For Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, Henry Cavill’s Superman was audibly marked out by Hans Zimmer’s new, operatic theme. However, when Joss Whedon took over directing duties of Justice League following Snyder leaving the project, he replaced Dawn of Justice composer Junkie XL with Danny Elfman, who in turn swapped the previous themes for recreations of the Superman 1977 and Batman 1989 scores. “Batman has only one musical theme” Elfman stated at the time, and while that was his own composition, the logic holds true for Superman as well.
The attempt to connect the continuity-distinct DCEU to past movies was just one of many made in the theatrical release of Justice League, but remains one of it’s most confounding. While DC Films’ future seems to be ignoring the infamous 2017 bomb, Elfman’s choice may still have an impact on how any legacy aspects – be it from the Reeve Superman or Burton, Schumacher or Nolan Batman era – are factored into the movies. Either they’re ignored or are part of the soundtrack; bringing them into the world would certainly be jarring.
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Key Release Dates
Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
DC Super Pets (2021) release date: May 21, 2021
Shazam superhero movie with Zachary Levi: Trailers, cast, advanced screenings
Here’s our ongoing guide to the upcoming DC Comics film starring Zachary Levi. The film opens April 5, but advance screenings are coming March 23.
Pretending to be a superhero is half the fun of childhood. But what if you could go from being a kid to an adult with god-worthy powers just by uttering a single word?
That’s exactly what happens in the upcoming movie Shazam, in which young character Billy Batson can instantly change into an adult superhero just by yelling the word “Shazam!” The film got a new teaser on Jan. 20 containing a Man of Steel Easter Egg.
Who’s making it?
The latest film in the DC Expanded Universe is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Shazam will be the first film depiction of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel, the superhero’s original name. It’s also the first full-length feature film centered around Shazam.
While the film has officially wrapped, both star Zachary Levi and director David F. Sandberg have shared their own Shazam tributes online.
Entertainment Weekly gives the first look at actor Zachary Levi in his superhero costume standing next to actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays orphan Freddy Freeman, in the movie Shazam.
In late May, Levi posted to Instagram a fan-made image of Shazam slurping on a soft drink while watching fellow DC Comics superheroes Superman and Batman battle it out.
A couple of days later, Sandberg tweeted a short video mashup mixing the goofiness of Billy Batson/Shazam with the moodier movies fans are used to seeing out of the DC Comics film universe.
On July 12, Levi’s Shazam superhero costume was officially revealed online. And on a few days later, fans got a closer look at Shazam and his inner teen as he blew a giant bubblegum bubble and checked his cell phone on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
The first full-length official trailer for Shazam hit during San Diego Comic-Con International 2018. Fans can watch the full panel with the cast here.
On Dec. 6, Levi shared the official poster image on his Instagram with the caption, “Heyoo! The new poster of Shazam movie is here! And a there’s a new trailer coming in the new year.”
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New poster for the upcoming DC Comics superhero movie Shazam starring Zachary Levi, out in April 2019.
On Dec 9, new movie footage of the first interaction between Shazam and Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) was presented at Brazil Comic Con Experience.
In the video, Shazam acts like he is unbeatable, but villain Dr. Sivana puts him in his place by throwing him up into the sky to try to make Shazam to beg for his life.
Dr. Sivana complains Shazam acts childish, and Shazam agrees that he is indeed a kid. As he falls, Shazam screams “Superman! Superman!” and starts to float.
A comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster was also unveiled at Brazil Comic Con Experience on Dec. 5.
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What we know about the plot
According to the movie’s official description, Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old foster kid who always kept everyone at arm’s length.
One day, a dying wizard grants him superpowers of six ancient heroes, which Billy can activate whenever he says the wizard’s name, “Shazam.” He is then turned into the adult superhero Shazam via a magic lightning bolt.
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Shazam tests the limits of his abilities to see if he can fly, have X-ray vision or any other kind of superhero-type powers. But he’ll need to master whatever powers he might have quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Billy’s foster brother and best friend Freddy Freeman, who happens to be a superhero expert, helps both train Billy and keep Billy’s new superpowers secret.
In the official trailer, we see all of those plot points to be true, but there’s also a strong sense of humor throughout the film. In one sequence, Billy tests out his new superhero abilities as Shazam that include flying, strength and being bulletproof.
Here’s the comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster revealed at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience.
Some theories (based on the comics)
In the comics, Billy is transformed into a magical flying adult superhero who has “the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury,” according to the DC Comics website.
The first letter of each of the ancient heroes spells out the superhero’s namesake — Shazam.
If the movie goes follows the original comics, we’ll see Shazam not only have the strength, powers and fortitude of mythological Greek gods. He’ll also have to deal with powerful enemies as well as struggle with his own youthful lack of judgment and experience.
While DC Comics has yet to show off an official image from the movie, Levi posted to Instagram a photo where he poses next to a poster of himself as Shazam at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
The red superhero suit included the hood attachment seen on the New 52 version of the hero from the comics, according to CNET sister site Comicbook.com.
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