The DC Cinematic Universe has been dead for a long time. From the original Justice League, it was clear that things weren’t quite working and that the original vision for the future of these franchises was never going to be realized. And while every film since has felt like it could easily be the end of the cinematic universe or a new beginning for it, especially since James Gunn and Peter Safran have officially taken over the DC movies and it started creating their new version of the universe, finally feels like things are coming to an end. This may be the reason Shazam! Fury of the GodsThe new trailer is so weird.
Shazam! 2Its latest trailer was released on Thursday and it seems to give away almost the entire film. There are big reveals and huge fights, lots of jokes, and even what appears to be the climactic fight of the film. But none of it feels like it matters, either dramatically or as part of a larger world.
As recently as San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Warner Bros. participated in the old new version of the DCEU. This time things would be centered around the Shazam family, with Black Adam he comes in as an anti-hero, or maybe even a villain, and the Justice Society plays a major role. But then Black AdamIts disappointing run at the box office, and with the new regime taking over the cinematic reins, we know that none of this is on the cards just yet.
Despite the feeling that the DC universe is coming to an end, it’s not technically the last gasp. Actually, there is one more Shine movie that is supposed to come out one day, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set for the end of 2023.
Even if the first Shazam! it turned out to be one of DC’s most entertaining and effective recent efforts, it’s hard not to feel like the sequel is the random final episode of a TV series that was canceled in the middle of a season. Sure, it could still be enjoyable, but it’s hard to get more excited about what’s to come than what’s never going to happen.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to hit theaters on March 17.
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