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Shazam! wrath of the gods Director David F. Sandberg has revealed that Wonder Woman’s unexpected cameo appearance was part of the superhero film from the very beginning.
Speak exclusively to TechRadar ahead of the release of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film – read ours Shazam! wrath of the gods Review if you haven’t already – Sandberg explained how Gal Gadot’s superheroine made her way into the sequel.
From the start, Sandberg – along with Shazam! 2 Writers Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan – wanted Wonder Woman to have a crowd-pleasing cameo wrath of the gods. As Sandberg explained to TechRadar, “No, that [Wonder Woman’s appearance] was always in [the script] from the beginning.”
However, despite wanting to include Gadot in Shazam’s second live-action outing, Sandberg was skeptical that Gadot and/or Warner Bros. would agree to include her in the film. How come? Sandberg had been burned before – the director previously expected to land Henry Cavill’s Superman for a cameo in 2019 Shazam! before breaking through at the last minute.
“I had my doubts that it would actually happen,” Sandberg said. “It was because of what happened to Henry in the first film, which fell apart and I had to use a replacement and cut his head off. But yeah, Wonder Woman was always there, although I didn’t think we were going to have Gal.”
Wonder Woman’s cameo shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, mind you. Like Shazam, the DC superhero – real name Diana Prince – has ties to Greek mythology as she is the daughter of Zeus. Given Shazam’s own ties to the Greek gods, not to mention the appearance of the antagonistic Daughters of Atlas in wrath of the godsShazam and Wonder Woman seem like a match made in heaven.
At least from a Team Up point of view. As wrath of the gods Shows, Shazam – or rather teenage Billy Batson – doesn’t get a chance to actually date Wonder Woman, although the film makes fun of him in an amusing dream sequence earlier in its run. As Sandberg revealed, Gadot’s performance was in Shazam! 2 was only ever a cameo, meaning there has never been another script in which she appeared more prominently.
“Gal never had a bigger role because we’ll never get it!” Sandberg added. “We’ve grown a lot bigger with this film, but it’s still Shazam. It’s a bit smaller than other superhero movies, so I was just glad to get it at all. It was like ‘Finally we’re getting a DC gig with a ‘real actor’s head in a movie!’
“That also allowed us to kind of tease people with the scene with the wizard’s head on Wonder Woman’s body. That’s something you can only do if she actually shows up at the end. Otherwise people would p****d off and just walk out of the theater unimpressed.”
Unfortunately for Sandberg and for the film’s cast and extensive crew, Wonder Woman’s cameo was surprisingly spoiled in advance wrath of the gods‘ release. A TV spot for the film, released this past weekend (March 11-12), confirmed her appearance in Shazam! 2 — a revelation that prompted Sandberg to tweet a warning to his followers about the spoiler-centric advertising, as well as any other major spoilers audiences may want to avoid before seeing the film on the big screen.
Well, there are some big Shazam spoilers now. If you’re fresh out of the box, maybe you shouldn’t be online or watching TV with commercials… Actually, pretty good advice in general.March 11, 2023
It’s unclear why Warner Bros. decided to feature Wonder Woman’s cameo in a TV commercial. Perhaps those in charge of the studio were worried that the upcoming DCEU movie would not do well at the box office and thought that revealing Wonder Woman’s appearance might lure some viewers who were probably hesitant to see it in theaters to head to her local cinema to see how Diana feeds into the plot.
Either way, it’s a fun cameo that introduces Gadot to the role of the iconic superhero in the DCEU. DC Studios’ new co-head James Gunn has confirmed (per IGN (opens in new tab)) that he’s been in talks with Gadot about potentially appearing in his and Peter Safran’s reimagined DC Cinematic Universe (DCU), with the DCU’s first projects revealed in late January.
However, it’s unclear if Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman or if she will portray someone else. If it’s the latter wrath of the gods could prove to be one of her final appearances as a popular superheroine.
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