Yet, according to star Zachary Levi, Shazam! takes place in the same universe and will feature “nods/homages/Easter eggs” that connect to other recent DC superhero movies.
Levi gave this information in a tweet in response to a fan question. He does note, though, that the movie “is completely trackable on its own.”
The movie is completely trackable on its own merit. That said, there a lot of fun little nods/homages/Easter eggs that can be enjoyed should one be caught up in the DCEU. ? https://t.co/JrqbcSLbXN
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) December 15, 2018
Basically, this means the movie will be similar to the upcoming Aquaman–a self-contained story with homages to the larger DCEU.
In the case of Shazam!, it seems these homages will come in the form of newspaper clippings, t-shirts, and other small indicators that Billy Batson lives in a world where Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman aren’t just comic book characters.
However, moviegoers won’t need to see the entire DC backlog to understand the plot, in which 14-year-old Batson turns into a grown superhero whenever he says “Shazam.”
The movie is set to hit theaters April 5, 2019.