Just before the beginning of the pandemic, the director David F. Sandberg directs the seventh movie of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU): “Shazam! The opportunity for him to stage an unexpected cameo, that of Superman.
On the occasion of the launch of its seventh film, the DCEU puts in the scene a new character: Shazam. Directed by David F. Sandberg, a man from the horror world who is responsible for In the Dark and Annabelle 2, Shazam! tells the adventures of young Billy Baston, a 14-year-old boy who stumbles upon the ancient powers of Shazam. When he shouts the word, he transforms into an ultra-powerful superhero while retaining his teenage spirit. An explosive encounter between two identities that provides some hilarious comic relief.
This new character, Shazam! introduces the sympathetic Zachary Levi as the famous vigilante. The rest of the cast includes Asher Angel, Mark Strong as the antagonist Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and Djimon Hounsou as Wizard. Even if Shazam! was a small disappointment at the box office with “only” 366 million dollars of receipts for a budget of 100 million (so far from the figures of Marvel for example), Warner has made official the launch of a sequel, still directed by David F. Sandberg.
At the conclusion of the film, as often with the Marvel or DC productions, proposes a cameo of size. Indeed, during the last moments, Shazam asks Superman to come to lunch in his school to surprise his best friend, played by Jack Dylan Grazer. The only problem, was the actor Henry Cavill, who plays the Kryptonian since Man of Steel, was not available for this cameo. David F. Sandberg decided to film the character without showing his face. This gives this surreal cameo where Superman’s face is cut from the frame.
This way of proceeding was later used by James Gunn in his series Peacemaker. David F. Sandberg explained that initially, the scene was supposed to feature Henry Cavill sitting with his tray, and making some jokes with Shazam. But this one was unfortunately not available.
Therefore, in order to satisfy the needs of the cameo of Superman in Shazam! it is the stuntman Ryan Handley, who embodies the superhero in this sequence. A stuntman knew in the Hollywood world who has already offered his services to blockbusters such as Deadpool, Star Trek: No Limit or the first Suicide Squad.