Mon. Sep 23rd, 2019

MOVIE SNEAK PEAK- DC’S SHAZAM

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Welcome to our movie sneak peak were people (And by that we mean you. No offence though) to know things about their favourite movies that they didn’t notice or know in a movie .

If you set, let’s get it rolling with DC’S Shazam….

Shazam did muster up 70% rating on metascore wit 7.2/10 IMDB ratings interestingly upon its release in April it has gotten itself a pretty good amount of 11 nominations(The Oscars its not one of them, superheros don’t really get on well with the Oscars) but that did not deter us from featuring it in our sneak peak category. So what actually did you miss or didnt get. Read below

As mentioned by the Wizard, SHAZAM is an acronym formed from the names of the gods that grant powers: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.

Of these six gods forming Shazam’s name, only two are actually Gods – Zeus (Greek) and Mercury are Greek gods, Solomon is a mortal King from the Bible (who was also known in legend as a king of magic and knowledge), Hercules and Achilles were demigods (half-human half-god) and Atlas was a Titan.

Near the abandoned warehouse where Freddy trains Billy and records his powers, a factory with the sign “Ace Chemicals” is in the background. That’s the factory where the Joker was born. (Batman (1989) renamed the factory Axis Chemicals.)

One of the doors in the Rock of Eternity reveals a room of sentient crocodiles playing poker. These are the Crocodile-Men, enemies of Captain Marvel.

Fawcett Central High School is named after Fawcett Comics, the company that originally created the Captain Marvel character.

The Annabelle doll from director David F. Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation (2017) can be seen in a shop window. Both films star Grace Fulton.

This is the second time that doll has appeared in a DC Comics film; it was last seen in Aquaman (2018)

During early development, the film was titled “Billy Batson & The Legend of Shazam.”

When Shazam throws Batman in the toy store you can see Cyborg and Wonder Woman on the shelf along with Batman and Superman toys, hinting again that this story takes place in the current DC universe.

In one scene, two characters are seen playing a Mortal Kombat video game. The character of Shazam! (under his original name, Captain Marvel) previously appeared in a “Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe” video game.

Jake McDorman, Parker Young, Joshua Sasse, Derek Theler, and John Cena were the front runners for Shazam before the part went to Zachary Levi.

When Dr Sivana is writing the incantation to get to the Rock of Eternity, he uses the phrases “Sun of Ra”, “Ouroboros” and “Solomon’s knot”. These are mythical concepts described as follows:

* the Eye of Ra comes from Egyptian mythology and represents the power of the sun god Ra

* the Ouroboros, a snake eating its own tail, comes from Egyptian mythology too: it represents the snake god Mehen and the cycle of time

* Solomon’s Knot is a symbol of Solomon and his power.

When Freddy is posting videos of Shazam’s super power demos, one of the names he gives him is ZAP-tain America. That’s a subtle nod to Captain America (and therefore Marvel Comics) existing in their universe.

Superman’s cameo at the end was always planned to happen, and Henry Cavill actually wanted to reprise his role as Superman for the scene. However, the school location was only available for filming for a brief period when Cavill was working on other projects, so they settled for a stand-in who was filmed from the neck down while wearing the costume. Director David F. Sandberg later stated that the scene worked out much funnier this way.

The colours of the jackets worn by the foster kids throughout the movie correspond to the colours of the super suits they eventually wear when they become the Shazam Family.

This is the seventh DC Universe film, and the number 7 plays a major theme throughout the film.

* There were seven wizards, of whom Shazam is the last one

* There are Seven Deadly Sins in the film

* The incantation to get to the Rock of Eternity are seven symbols, repeated seven times

* Freddy wants a house with seven rooms

* Marilyn Batson lives in apartment 707 on the seventh floor of her apartment building

* There are seven champions in the film – Captain Marvel, his six siblings the Marvel Family, and the former champion Black Adam

* Mister Mind mentions the Seven Realms to Dr. Sivana.

When Super Hero Eugene fires off a bolt at one of the deadly sins, he says “Hadoken!”. Hadoken is a special attack in the Street Fighter video game series that fires an energy surge at your opponent (most notably used by characters Ken and Ryu).

Adam Brody and D.J. Cotrona, who play the superhero forms of Freddy and Pedro, were previously selected to star in Justice League (2017) in 2007, with Brody as the Flash and Cotrona as Superman.

Favourite quotes:

Freddy Freeman: If you could have one superpower, flight or invisibility, what would you pick? Everybody chooses flight. You know why?

Billy Batson: So they can fly away from this conversation?

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