My DCEU ranking with Shazam factored in:
-Man of Steel
I loved Shazam to pieces! John Glover playing Sivana’s dad was a neat surprise. For those unaware, his DC credits include Riddler on BTAS, Dr. Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin, Riddler again but this time on TNBA and most famously, Lionel Luthor on Smallville. It’s not a DC production, but I also liked him as Daniel Clamp in Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
While the Sivana’s car crash was horrible, I did enjoy hearing “Do you hear what I hear?” at such a bravado volume.
In the scenes where Freddy and Billy are testing Billy’s powers, you can see Ace Chemicals in the background. I don’t know if that’s on purpose or just a coincidence in production design, but I took it as an easter egg and liked it.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Man were quite powerful and indeed scary in some scenes. The sound design for their voices was great and powerful.
I loved the climax when Billy’s foster brothers and sisters took their share of the power of Shazam. Darla was alot of fun, and I especially liked how she ran along the ferris wheel. Neat scene.
I enjoyed Superman’s “cameo”. Surprised to hear a snippet of Williams’ theme too. I would’ve preferred to hear a snippet of Zimmer’s though, since that’s the corresponding music for the Superman we see, not Williams’ music.
The animated inclusions of Aquaman, Flash and Wonder Woman in the end credits was fun as was that whole segment of the credits. Nicely animated and the music was perfect.
Overall, a wonderful joy of a movie! I look forward to seeing it again tomorrow night and soon again after that.