Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg explains why music used in deleted scenes is often different than the actual movie.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods director, David F. Sandberg, explains why music is often different in deleted scenes. Sandberg’s first entry into the DCEU, Shazam!, was released in 2019 and was a moderate hit for the interconnected franchise, grossing over $350 million on an approximate $80-100 million budget. This was enough to convince Warner Bros. to bring back Sandberg for a sequel with screenwriter Henry Gayden returning as well. The follow-up started production in May of this year and wrapped in late August.
Based on the character of the same name from DC Comics who is also known as Captain Marvel, 2019’s Shazam! introduced a teenager named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is selected by the ancient wizard know as Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to be his new champion, granting the boy the power to transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by speaking the magic word, Shazam! The first film saw Billy team up with his foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), to take on Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins. The sequel releasing in 2023 will see Billy and his super-powered foster family face off against the daughters of Atlas, one of six immortal elders.
Sandberg recently got into a discussion with fans on Twitter about music choices in movies, touching on the inclusion of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” in both Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Shazam, when a fan provided a snippet of “Eye of the Tiger” that was used in a deleted scene. Though it sounded similar, the song was clearly not the famous version by Survivor popularized by Rocky III and heard in the actual movie. To help clear up fans’ confusion, Sandberg explained why the music is different in the deleted scene. Read Sandberg’s explanation below:
What’s going on here is that for deleted scenes they don’t spend the money to license expensive songs. When this was in the cut it was the real Eye of the Tiger. They also have to replace unlicensed temp score with pieces of the score from other parts of the film. https://t.co/u6Pm9olw3O
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) October 11, 2021
The deleted scene above is actually an alternate version of the “lightning with my hands” scene which took place on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the movie, which is why it was scored appropriately with a song from Rocky. Because the take seen above did not actually make it into the final cut, it makes sense that they wouldn’t pay to use the actual song. This is an interesting fact about the movie making process provided by Sandberg.
Sandberg has been matching his fellow DC director James Gunn in terms of activeness on social media. He recently shared a bizarre example of the Mandela effect in Shazam!, along with a funny story about how he forgot to include the DC intro in the movie. With the sequel now in post-production, hopefully Sandberg shares some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits about Shazam! Fury of the Gods very soon.
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