When the first set photos for “Shazam” popped up online, there was surprise and concern. The suit design seemed fine but the padding on it combined with bright cartoon-like colors had fans somewhat concerned. Fears were calmed when the Comic-Con trailer arrived showing off a slightly more muted color scheme and the film’s endearing goofy tone which the costume seemed to suit.
What’s interesting is between the on-set photos, the first official stills, the trailer and subsequent stills from the film – the costume’s color scheme and shading seems to keep being tweaked. A fan recently asked director David F. Sandberg on Reddit about these changes, with the director saying the costume will continue to go through post-production changes as they try to perfect the look:
“Making suits is hard. Like painting a room you can look at little swatches all day but you won’t really see the effect until it’s done. The color of the finished suit didn’t look quite as expected in some lights (particularly daylight) which is on me since I decided to change fabric very late in prep and there wasn’t time for as many tests. I figured we’d just have to tweak it in post. The first image released though unfortunately didn’t have any post production done to it.
That was right as we were putting the trailer together. I figured since that image was out there perhaps we shouldn’t stray too far from it in the trailer. Might be confusing. This image [the one on the right in the shot above] is closer to what I’m going for, but it’s all still a work in progress and we’ll see where we end up. No images (or the trailer) have the finished bolt effect either (it’s not going to be an extreme effect or anything but it’s not just a simple glow).”
Digital post-production workflows and color grading allows for fairy easy changing of costume coloring these days, meaning we’ll probably not get an idea of the final shades of red and gold the costume will use until trailers closer to the film’s release. For now the closest approximation of the final appearance is the cover of Preview Magazine. A new trailer is expected before the year’s end and ahead of the film’s opening in April.