Shazam! Executive Producer Reveals Original Plans for That Cameo

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Shazam!

Shazam! maintains a connection to the rest of the DCEU by peppering hints and references to the larger cinematic universe, but its final moments firmly put it in the world with a special cameo. In the last scene of the movie, the Man of Steel makes a surprise cameo as he comes to Billy’s high school to meet his brother Freddy.  Shazam! executive producer Peter Safran revealed that Henry Cavill’s schedule prevented him from coming to set for the Superman appearance.

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,” Safran told ComicBook . “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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Safran also spoke about the magical illusion created by Djimon Hounsou’s Wizard which hints at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam.

Clearly, we don’t say that it’s a tease of Black Adam, but a perceptive individual like yourself might make the argument that that was, in fact, Black Adam that the wizard was referring to,” he added. “I think, again, it’s just something for the fans, people that know a lot about the history of Shazam!. It’s a fun thing to think about. For those that don’t, it’s just part of the origin story. It’s just learning the history of the wizard and his brothers and sisters who are protecting the realms.

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