'Shazam!' Director Trolls Fans With a Hilariously Raunchy Joke Script

Monday, 07 August 2017 - 10:49AM
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Monday, 07 August 2017 - 10:49AM
'Shazam!' Director Trolls Fans With a Hilariously Raunchy Joke Script
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What do you get when you combine a thinly veiled Superman rip-off with a director who's known specifically for terrifying audiences with existential horrors?

Apparently, the answer is a smack-talking ten-year-old superhero who is friends with a giant tiger. Taking to Twitter, David F. Sandberg shared a page, purportedly from the script for Shazam, that features an all-out brawl between the movie's titular hero and Henry Cavill's Superman. It reads like someone gave Calvin and Hobbes a shot of LSD, and it's absolutely wonderful. It's just a shame there isn't more of it. Here's the photo:




Full disclosure: we're doubting that this is from the actual movie's script, because it's hard to imagine DC signing off on Shazam calling Superman a bitch, nor using the expression "hold my beer" while talking to his tiger sidekick.

Real or not, this stuff is comedy gold. It's also a wonderful parody of all things DC, from the long-ridiculed pair of glasses that instantly turns Superman into the unrecognizable Clark Kent, to Supes almost calling Shazam "Captain Marvel" by mistake. There's also a sly reference to the question of whether or not Shazam has a hood on the back of his costume. The pièce de résistance, though, comes right at the end, when Superman twirls his mustache, a reference to the ongoing issue of reshoots for Justice League that have clashed with the filming of the next Mission Impossible, which has left Warner Bros in the unfortunate position of having to digitally erase Henry Cavill's mustache in post-production.

It's a wonder DC has even let Sandberg post this on Twitter, given how it reflects on the movie as a whole. At the same time, though, perhaps this has been allowed because it serves as proof of what DCEU creators have been saying for a while; that Shazam! will be comparitively fun and lighthearted, in a rejection of the grimdark tone that's enveloped most movies set within the universe. Right from the start, David F. Sandberg felt like an odd choice for the director of Shazam!, as the acclaimed director is a lot more comfortable in horror than any other genre. If Shazam! is really going to be a fun superhero adventure from the perspective of a ten-year-old boy, it would surely have made more sense for DC to hire a director that's more at home with children's movies than films about unspeakable ghostly horrors coming to jumpscare their victims in the middle of the night.

Clearly, though, Warner Bros has seen something in Sandberg that fits the exuberant optimism that they're striving for with Shazam!. This first look at Sandberg's sense of humor and his willingness to take playful, affectionate shots at the DCEU in general gives us hope.


Shazam! hits US theaters March 8th, 2019.
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