The trailer for the Shazam! The sequel, Fury of the Gods, sparked a new wave of criticism for using footage from Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Warner Bros. just made a huge mistake using footage from justice league in the trailer for Shazam! wrath of the gods. Instead of getting fans excited, it’s highly anticipated Shazam 2 Trailer brought up old arguments that the studio would have done well to avoid. And instead of building hype for what’s to come Shazam! Following this, the release of the trailer led to #BoycottWB and similar hashtags trending on social media at the height of San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
It’s already no secret that the DC Extended Universe panel at SDCC 2022 was widely viewed as a disappointment. At the same time that Marvel Studios was announcing plans for upcoming films and television series through 2025, the DCEU panel was firmly focused on WB’s cinematic superhero offerings slated for the second half of 2022. Black Adam and Shazam! wrath of the gods. It seemed as if Warner Bros. was trying to start over and avoid any reference to the recent scandals involving both of them The Lightning and aquaman and the lost kingdom, who are believed to be responsible for delaying the release of these films until 2023. Unfortunately for WB, the first trailer for Shazam! wrath of the gods found a very different way to piss off fans hoping for a surprise announcement regarding the return of the Snyderverse.
The first trailer for Shazam! wrath of the gods begins with a comedic scene of Shazam (Zachary Levi) lying on a couch discussing his problems with a doctor who ultimately turns out to be a pediatrician rather than a psychiatrist. Shazam explains his origins and how he feels insecure because he seems to have been accidentally given superpowers by a wizard, while other superheroes seem to be far more capable and confident than he is. He specifically refers to The Flash as “a superhero wearing a red suit with a lightning bolt on it,” as well as Aquaman and Batman, as the trailer features images of the aforementioned heroes. The Flash and Batman are both recorded by Zack Snyder justice league — proving that Warner Bros. still hasn’t learned from its past mistakes.
Shazam 2 missed its chance to ignore the DCEU
That Shazam! wrath of the gods Trailer was fuel on fire after DC Chief Creative Officer and Editor Jim Lee announced at SDCC 2022 that DC and WB were moving on from the Snyderverse. This revelation meant that some saw Warner Bros.’s use of footage from Zack Snyder’s films as bait and a switch. Also, many felt the studio was trying to lure them into endorsing the film Shazam! Series that has always been marketed as more family-friendly than Snyder’s darker superhero films.
If the marketing department of Warner Bros. really tried to start a new beginning for the common superhero universe, they chose the worst possible path. While there’s some truth to the adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the controversy has overshadowed the trailer Shazam! wrath of the gods. When SDCC ended in 2022, more people started discussing Zack Snyders justice league and the movies they wish Warner Bros. would make and not the one they were trying to promote.
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- DC League of Superbeasts (2022)Release date: July 29, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release Date: October 21, 2022
- Shazam! Wrath of the Gods (2022)Release date: December 21, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: March 17, 2023
- The Flash (2023)Release date: June 23, 2023
- Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: August 18, 2023
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