Warning. This post contains Shazam! spoilers…
After months and months of rumours and speculation, we finally got confirmation last week on the rumours that Zachary Levi’s Shazam! would be joined in the DC blockbuster by the Man of Steel, with Superman popping up at the end of the film for a surprise cameo.
With Henry Cavill’s status as Superman up in the air (the actor having reportedly parted ways with the DC Extended Universe after failing to reach a deal to extend his contract), the filmmakers chose to shoot Superman from the chest down for his cameo.
However, according to producer Peter Safran, Cavill’s absence was simply down to scheduling conflicts rather than a DCEU exit, as he revealed during an interview with Comic Book.
“At one point, we’d hoped it was going to be Cavill doing it, but unfortunately his schedule didn’t allow him to do it,” said Safran. “We still wanted to do it anyway, and it turned out to be better, because it let us do a hard cut on Freddy’s reaction, because if we had Cavill there, we’d actually written lines, they had a dialogue, but then it’s a little bit of a hat on hat, because really what it’s about is Freddy’s reaction, so we got to get out on that.”
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Shazam sees Zachary Levi starring as the titular superhero, with Asher Angel as his young alter-ego Billy Batson, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Grace Fulton as Mary Marvel, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard, Adam Brody as Freddie Freeman, Ross Butler as Eugene Choi, D. J. Cotrona as Pedro Pena, Meagan Good as Darla Dudley, and Michelle Borth as Mary Bromfield.