It may not seem quite like that, but Shazam: Wrath of the Gods will be released next Friday. Originally scheduled to come out in late 2022 before being pushed back to 2023, Wrath of the Gods has had a somewhat muted marketing cycle compared to recent DC film fare or even its own 2019 predecessor. But in the same way that WB at a certain point decided to give up the game about Henry Cavill’s Superman entered Black Adam, the studio is now doing it again with the Shazam family’s second outing.
Spoilers from this point, obviously.
If you have cable TV, chances are you’ve seen one latest promo to Rage there is a buzz on social media, with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman appearing to close the ad. At some point towards the end of the film, she will gently rebuff Billy Batson’s attempt to get her number before going off to do her own thing…whatever that thing may end up being. Her inclusion in the film, as significant as it is, was certainly meant as a surprise: Friday, director David F. Sandberg advised people to beware of spoilers if they wanted to go blind next weekend.
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The inclusion of Wonder Woman in the Wrath of the Gods is a funny gag since the first film had a headless Superman cameo and it would be funny if this continued to be the case with other heroes in the future of the franchise. At the moment, the only thing it really serves to remind you is how abruptly Gadot’s time with the character was cut short when she, too, was cut The lightning along with Cavill (at least at the time of writing, who knows about these movies anymore?) More importantly, if a studio has to rely on one- or two-minute cameos to sell a movie, that probably says something about their faith in how it will handle itself.
Shazam: Wrath of the Gods hits theaters Friday, March 17.
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