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Is Shazam gearing up to be DC’s Deadpool? Director David F. Sandberg just posted a parody of Zack Snyder‘s gritty style, inserting Shazam into a scene from Batman v Superman. It’s basically the opposite of we’ve come to expect from Warner Bros.’ DC franchise.
Shazam is an inherently corny character; a cartoonishly muscular superhero whose human alter-ego is a young teen boy. When actor Zachary Levi shared the first official photo of the character, it shows him drinking a soda while wearing a brightly colored costume. A far cry from Justice League‘s grim tone.
Sandburg is known for making micro-budget horror movies on YouTube and Vimeo, and it looks like he’s taking that internet-savvy sensibility to Shazam. His parody video takes a tearful moment from Batman v Superman, replacing the messianic Superman with Shazam slurping on a drink.
Since everyone else is doing this… pic.twitter.com/MWb6CMFxgo
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) May 27, 2018
Aside from Wonder Woman, the DC franchise has been notably humorless and dark. Judging by this opening gambit, Shazam may go a different route.
Shazam comes out on April 5.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.