News culture “Leave them alone”: the star of Shazam! defend the new bosses of DC Studios
Published on 27/12/2022 at 11:10
It’s the big cleaning at DC! Since the arrival of James Gunn and Peter Safran at the head of the studios, things are moving very quickly. New projects to create, cancellation of what does not fit with the new direction, thanked actors and directors, we can say that the bull has been taken by the horns!
DC Studios: the big upheaval
Black Adam? In the closet. Wonder Woman 3 and Man of Steel 2? Cancelled. As for the rest of the ongoing projects, launched as part of an early DC Extended Universe, their future is uncertain. Overall, this may be like a succession of bad news, but this is not at all how it is seen internally, by part of the public, and even by certain actors or directors. At the end of October, DC announces the disappearance of DC Films, renamed to DC Studiosbut also from the DCEU, officially renamed DC Universe.
To support these changes, James Gunn and Peter Safran, two big show cinema pundits, have been appointed to the management of the studios, both administratively and creatively. The discussions lasted several months, the time agree on the direction to follow. In other words, Peter Safran and James Gunn have the mission of rethink the whole approach of DC in terms of audio-visual production, and to give life to a series of films and programs coherent, interconnectedand reaching an audience large enough to encroach on Marvel’s flowerbeds.
Because the main problem of DC until then, beyond the qualities or the defects of the films, was to assume a lack of continuity between films, aside from those in the Snyderverse. But that’s all over, and to avoid wasting more time, it was necessary to cut in the “fat”. Man of Steel or even Wonder Woman belong, as they were made, belong to a bygone era. There have been discussions, to the point that Henry Cavil had announced his return shortly before and that a post-credits Black Adam scene was dedicated to her, and that Gal Gadot was talking about Wonder Woman 3 as rumors of the film’s cancellation swelled.
What next for Shazam? Zachary Levi defends new management
But one of the licenses has not yet made a lot of noise in the context of this major restructuring: Shazam! Played by Zachary Levi and Asher Angel, the hero is part of DC Comics films, and his future remains unclear. However, nothing, for the moment, does not seem to call into question the release of Shazam! : Fury of the Gods. Several times postponed, like Aquaman 2, it should be released on March 17, 2023 in the United States, followed by The Flash in June and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in December.
Zachary Levi has been asked many times about the ongoing talks, and he recently to set the record straight through a live on Instagram. It must be said that the shelving of Black Adam, the main antagonist of Shazam!, worries the fans. From the start of his live, he said he wanted dispel “misleading chatter”. Quite frankly, he indicated that he did not know his future as Shazam!, but thought he was in a favorable position and ask fans to give time to James Gunn and Peter Safran:
There have been quite a few DC movies so far that may have made some fans very happy, but they don’t reach a large enough audience. Marvel has been very good at doing that – bringing so many people to the table, so many people who could be satiated, bring joy, and all that. (…)
But recognize that there are a lot of people who didn’t like those things, and we should always try, I think, to reach as many people as possible, making as many people as happy as possible. That’s what we’re in entertainment for, and I think that’s what Peter and James are really trying to do, and it’s not an easy position. They received all these things which were at the heart of much debate. So guys, give them a break (“F***ing Give Them a Break”). Take it easy. Breathe.
The actor took the opportunity to defend the Shazam! of 2019, and feels that the sequel is even better and that it should do well at the box office. He’s also said he’d like to collaborate with some people currently leaving the DC fold, and The Hollywood Reporter thinks that he’s talking about Rian Johnson and Henry Cavill. As for Shazam!, we should know a little more in March after leaving you second film.
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