Blue Beetle has the potential to become the next mainstream superhero as he is already popular in the comics and he looks cool enough to attract casual fans as well. However, there is a problem. Warner Brothers have had a string of disasters, including the shenanigans that happened with Black Adam, the cancellation of Batgirl, and all the drama going on with DCU. These events could turn the upcoming projects into collateral damage. Additionally, the personal lives of actors have also alienated fans, as Amber Heard and Ezra Miller’s recent controversies put the future of The Flash and Aquaman in peril.
The problem with making a big announcement about how you’re about to revamp the entire DC Cinematic Universe is that it’s not an instantaneous decision. You can’t just remove the last few films being produced under the old guard and replace them with new movies equally far along in production. So though Shazam: Fury of the Gods tries to make a big deal out of itself, the sad truth is that this long-delayed movie arrived too late. We really hope it’s not stuffed with sequel-bait scenes, because we know those aren’t coming.
WB hasn’t always known what it’s doing with the DC universe, but one of the few times they got it right was Shazam. It was the inverse of the grimdark Snyder movies they were known for at the time: a family-oriented comedic romp about a kid who finds a way to become a superhero when shouting a magic word. He turns into a muscle-padded Zachary Levi but still has the mentality of his child self, leading to a lot of wacky moments.
Black Adam stars Dwayne “The Rock” John as he play the role of Shazam‘s arch-nemesis. People who grew up reading DC comics knew Black Adam as a Super Villain. In Cartoons, he is also not a good guy, but this spin-off is a prequel before he becomes corrupted by greed for power. DCEU is currently dealing with controversial actors like Ezra Miller and Amber Heard getting canceled, but I won’t worry about this film because “The Rock” has a cleaner reputation and barely had a scandal. His portrayal in the Trailer is heroic, so I wonder if his eventual heel turn will be in this movie.
Warner Bros has released what they claim will be the last trailer for Shazam. We’ve got another month to go, and it’s Warenr Bros we’re dealing with, so I’m skeptical of that claim. Don’t be surprised if another trailer pops up between April 4 and now, but for the time being, here’s the “final” one…
We have yet to see a trailer for WB’s Shazam! that we don’t love. The character with the lightning-bolt chest, played in adult form by Zachary Levi, is actually Billy Batson, a small boy who has the ability to turn into Shazam. He’s still Billy inside, and if you were a kid who could turn into a grown-up — a superhero no less — what would you do first? Billy does what we all would’ve done…..
Like death and taxes, trailers at San Diego Comic Con is inevitable. WB Pictures didn’t disappoint at their panel by showing four trailers for four highly anticipated films. However they have a lot of work to do to win back DC fans after the streak of mixed DCEU films.
While Marvel may be dominating the film market (especially with Black Panther owning the box office for 5 weeks and Infinity War coming up soon), that doesn’t mean DC hasn’t been getting some buzz for its films. Rumors about the first Aquaman trailer arriving at this weekend’s Wonder Con continue to spread, Wonder Woman recently got her second film villain in Cheetah, and the Shazam! film continues to have stuff shown off about it. Including the official logo for the film that you can see in the featured image above.
While 2018 only has one DC Comics film in Aquaman, 2019 might have up to four, with the first one being Shazam!. The film is going to be very different from previous films in the DC Comics Film Universe, but that’s ok, because this is a very different kind of superhero.
One of the coolest things about a cinematic universe is the possibility of crossovers from various other films and characters that’s connected to it. This speaks especially to the comic book universes of Marvel and DC Comics. In fact, for Marvel, these crossovers were how the Avengers were basically formed. And for DC Comics, the crossovers played a larger part in bringing everything together for Justice League. Now though, Zachary Levi, who will play SHAZAM! in the upcoming film coming up next year wants a main Justice Leaguer to cameo in his film: Wonder Woman.
If there was any doubt that SHAZAM! wasn’t being made, you can sure cast it away by now. Because in the last month or so we’ve not only gotten the reveal of Zachary Levi as Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, and Asher Angel as Billy Batson, but now, we have a key arrival in the supporting cast via Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman.
Justice League is just days away, but then, the DCEU basically takes a year off until Aquaman arrives next December. But then, in 2019, it’s coming back with a vengeance, with Wonder Woman 2, possibly Suicide Squad 2, and the live-action film debut of SHAZAM!, where we know the lead role will be Zachary Levi.