Shazam! – Geekfeed https://www.akkanson.com Entertainment News, Celebrities and Fandoms Fri, 26 Mar 2021 09:40:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.akkanson.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/cropped-Geekfeed-Favicon-White-32x32.png Shazam! – Geekfeed https://www.akkanson.com 32 32 Black Adam Casts Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate https://www.akkanson.com/black-adam-casts-pierce-brosnan-as-doctor-fate/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 09:40:20 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=58846 While Black Adam may be focused on the arch-nemesis of DC’s Captain Marvel, the film will be introducing a lot of other heroes including Atom Smasher, Cyclone, and Hawkman. What’s great is, the cast has finally been rounded out with the casting of one of DC’s most powerful characters—Doctor Fate.

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While Black Adam may be focused on the arch-nemesis of DC’s Captain Marvel, the film will be introducing a lot of other heroes including Atom Smasher, Cyclone, and Hawkman. What’s great is, the cast has finally been rounded out with the casting of one of DC’s most powerful characters—Doctor Fate.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fate a.k.a. Kent Nelson will be played by none other than former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan. We don’t have any official details on the movie character, but in the comics, Nelson was one of the original founders of the Justice Society of America. He’s also the possessor of the Helmet of Fate which allows the wearer to be possessed by the spirit of cosmic being Nabu; his powers also take the form of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Essentially, Doctor Fate is considered to be DC’s equivalent to Doctor Strange, but it would be interesting to see how Black Adam will try to differentiate them. In other media, Fate is often depicted as stoic and serious—unlike Strange in the MCU, who is just like all the other heroes that are full of quips and jokes.

WB is kind of in a strange position right now after the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. While a lot of fans want to see more of Snyder’s world restored, WB has been adamant that it wants to push forward away from any original plans—leading fans to tweet #RestoreTheSnyderCut more than a million times. We don’t know how this will end up, but hopefully it’s one where fans and the creative behind the film are satisfied.

We have yet to get updates on Black Adam, but last year it was announced that the film would come out this December. With so many changes of plans in the box office, it’s possible we would have to wait until 2022 until the release. Until then, all we have is the release date of Dec. 22 of this year.

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Helen Mirren Signs On to Play Villain for Shazam! Sequel https://www.akkanson.com/helen-mirren-signs-on-to-play-villain-for-shazam-sequel/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:20:38 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=58827 Though WB’s Ann Sarnoff has just squashed the dreams of #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, the DCEU continues to trudge along. David F. Sandberg is once again attached to direct the Shazam! sequel Fury of the Gods, and the movie has just nabbed one highly-acclaimed actress for a villain role. According to The Wrap,

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Though WB’s Ann Sarnoff has just squashed the dreams of #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, the DCEU continues to trudge along. David F. Sandberg is once again attached to direct the Shazam! sequel Fury of the Gods, and the movie has just nabbed one highly-acclaimed actress for a villain role.

According to The Wrap, Helen Mirren will be playing the part of Hespera, daughter of Atlas. Since the character has no clear comic counterpart, we don’t have any details about Mirren’s incoming villain, but I guess this works in the favor of the story, seeing that Sandberg will be free to treat the character however he pleases.

While Hespera may be announced as a villain for the movie, a lot of people are still curious about the villain teased from the last film, Mister Mind. Sure he’s a talking caterpillar with a silly name, but he’s considered to be one of the more formidable opponents of DC’s Captain Marvel. What are the odds that he’s manipulating these Greek myth figures to his whim until he ultimately comes out on top?

I’ll admit, Shazam! was kind of a standard superhero romp, but it does fit fine in the DCEU, and the ending kind of makes fans feel like the SnyderVerse wasn’t cancelled at all. With the DCEU still trying to work things out, we don’t know where Shazam! sits, but it would be great if we could get to watch Captain Marvel interact with other DCEU heroes like the Flash or Cyborg. How about a full-on Henry Cavill cameo this time?

Shazam!: Fury of the Gods is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023.

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Could Superman Appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad? https://www.akkanson.com/could-superman-appear-in-james-gunns-the-suicide-squad/ Sun, 07 Feb 2021 20:15:27 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=58034 A lot of movies had been delayed from their release date, but it looks like James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is still coming out in August. With the movie coming out later this year, we now have an official synopsis for the film. What’s interesting is, it could hint at

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A lot of movies had been delayed from their release date, but it looks like James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is still coming out in August. With the movie coming out later this year, we now have an official synopsis for the film. What’s interesting is, it could hint at a return of Superman because of the reveal of one key location.

This was officially released by WB:

“Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.”

“Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and- destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.”

As per Collider, the reveal that the film takes place in Corto Maltese could be a hint that Superman could appear in the film. In The Dark Knight Returns, Corto Maltese was the setting of a rebel uprising where the US supported the government and the Soviet Union backed the rebels. In the comics, Superman is sent by the US to stop the rebels, but the Soviets launch a nuke that Superman deflects but ends up severely weakening him. Here’s the moment in the animated film:

While the ‘Superman gets hit with a missile’ incident was already referenced in Batman v Superman, it would be interesting to think that Cavill could be back for The Suicide Squad. Remember, this is just speculation on the fans’ part.  It’s possible Henry Cavill won’t be making an appearance, but then again Superman still had that Shazam! Cameo and Cavill wasn’t a part of that at all.

For now, fans wait for the release of The Suicide Squad in theaters and on HBO Max on Aug. 6.

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Walter Hamada Extends Deal to be President of DC Films https://www.akkanson.com/walter-hamada-extends-deal-to-be-president-of-dc-films/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:24:44 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=57638 It’s no mystery that DC has been trying to play keep-up with Marvel when it comes to their cinematic universe, and until now WB is still trying to find a hood way to keep the franchise moving forward. Walter Hamada had been appointed as the head of DC Films back

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It’s no mystery that DC has been trying to play keep-up with Marvel when it comes to their cinematic universe, and until now WB is still trying to find a hood way to keep the franchise moving forward. Walter Hamada had been appointed as the head of DC Films back in 2018 after the disaster that was Justice League, and now it looks like he’s going to be staying onboard for a couple more years.

As per Variety, Hamada has signed on to be the president of DC Films until 2023. Previously, the role of DC Films heads belonged to Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, but with Johns and Berg apparently out (especially after the accusations of Cyborg actor Ray Fisher), it looks like Hamada is still the ‘Kevin Feige’ figure for DC.

Under Hamada, the franchise was able to pull off hits like Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, and Wonder Woman 1984. Admittedly, there’s still no clear direction on the future of the franchise, but it’s kind of largely the fault of the global pandemic. Hopefully when things start getting back in gear, we’ll have a clearer look at how DC plans to move forward.

While I personally would have loved to see the continuation of the Snyderverse, some speculate that we’re going to have a multi-verse approach with disconnected stories being released with the occasional crossover. Though I’m going to miss the connected narrative, I think it’s a great option to be able to release films both for kids and adults. Then again, this is just speculation on the fans’ part. Hopefully Hamada will clear things up soon, especially with him expected to lead the franchise for three more years.

In the meantime, check out Wonder Woman 1984 which is now out on HBO Max and select theaters.

 

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Black Adam Fanart Imagines Aldis Hodge as the DCEU’s Hawkman https://www.akkanson.com/black-adam-fanart-imagines-aldis-hodge-as-the-dceus-hawkman/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:49:04 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=56363 While it was curious that DC was working on a standalone Black Adam movie with Dwayne Johnson, the film looks to be a huge expansion with the DCEU, introducing us to the JSA and several other established heroes. It’s been announced by the Rock that Aldis Hodge will be taking

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While it was curious that DC was working on a standalone Black Adam movie with Dwayne Johnson, the film looks to be a huge expansion with the DCEU, introducing us to the JSA and several other established heroes. It’s been announced by the Rock that Aldis Hodge will be taking on the role of Hawkman, and artist Datrinti has given us some concept art of what Hodge could look like in costume.

Check it out:

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Here’s Johnson’s announcement of Hodge’s involvement:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFk2ThcFmXB/

Hodge is the third cast member that’s been confirmed for this movie. We’ve known a while back that Noah Centineo will be playing the part of Atom Smasher. We’ve yet to get casting news on Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Hawkgirl.

I’ll admit, I was a tad skeptical when the Black Adam movie was announced, thinking that they should have him clash with Zachary Levi’s Shazam first. If anything, this could be another Joker situation where I would get onboard the more promo material I see. I’m just here hoping that the Rock play someone more stoic and serious like Adam in the comics, and not the smiley muscleman that he’s played in every single movie.

Word has it that Black Adam is set to start production early next year, and that is if things go according to plan. With COVID-19 still around, it’s possible that we could be looking at some more delays if production isn’t too careful.

Black Adam is set to come out next year on Dec. 22, 2021.

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DC FanDome Drops Teaser for Black Adam https://www.akkanson.com/dc-fandome-drops-teaser-for-black-adam/ https://www.akkanson.com/dc-fandome-drops-teaser-for-black-adam/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 05:04:28 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=54699 With the movie still far off from its release, a lot of fans didn’t think we would see much of Black Adam, at best, we were going to get some concept art, but that was it. Thanks to DC FanDome though, we actually got a full teaser, and it features

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With the movie still far off from its release, a lot of fans didn’t think we would see much of Black Adam, at best, we were going to get some concept art, but that was it. Thanks to DC FanDome though, we actually got a full teaser, and it features a lot of (animated) concept art of the Rock’s Black Adam.

Check him out:

Here’s the official description:

Dwayne Johnson is set to star as the DC Comics anti-hero in this film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The DC FanDome panel presented concept art of what fans can expect from the Shazam spin-off, including Black Adam’s costume.

Though he didn’t appear in Shazam!, Black Adam moderately teased in the film, with a more deliberate nod in a deleted scene. With Billy Batson’s Captain Marvel more on the fun and kid-friendly side, the movie promises to be way more serious, focusing on a more morally gray hero.

Personally, I hope they really lean into the anti-hero aspect of Adam. With the Rock being such a wholesome figure, I wouldn’t expect him to be all serious and stoic. I just kind of want him to play characters that aren’t a ‘friendly muscle man’. I think they could make him serious and still a charismatic lead for Black Adam.

Then again, that’s just my take. Maybe they already know what direction they want to take the character that’s pretty solid on its own.

For now, we wait for Black Adam to hit theaters Dec. 22, 2021.

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Shazam! Director Hilariously Adds Henry Cavill Cameo to the Film https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-director-hilariously-adds-henry-cavill-cameo-to-the-film/ https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-director-hilariously-adds-henry-cavill-cameo-to-the-film/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:21:07 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=53661 While Superman does have a cameo in the end of Shazam!, we never really got to see his face since Henry Cavill wasn’t available to shoot the cameo. With all the excitement of Cavill’s return with Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has decided to pander to

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While Superman does have a cameo in the end of Shazam!, we never really got to see his face since Henry Cavill wasn’t available to shoot the cameo. With all the excitement of Cavill’s return with Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has decided to pander to fans and add Cavill to the end of his movie… sort of.

This is his post:

While I would definitely love to see Cavill in the film, I guess the cameo we got was funny enough and true to the nature of the movie. With rumors going around that Cavill is currently in talks with WB to make a Superman return, a lot of people are hoping that he makes some kind of cameo in the Shazam! sequel. While I don’t want to see a Captain Marvel v Superman yet, I think it would be cool if Superman would appear in some scenes to try and offer his advice to Billy; something in the same vein as Tony Stark appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We don’t know where the sequel for Shazam! will go, but I’m guessing that we’re going to have Mister Mind take center stage as the main villain. While fans want a clash with the Rock’s Black Adam, it looks like we’ll have to wait for the third movie, seeing that Adam is set to get his own standalone first.

For now, Shazam! 2 is gearing up for a release in the fall of 2022. Henry Cavill’s Superman returns when Zack Snyder’s Justice League hits HBO Max in 2021.

 

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Shazam!’s Zachary Levi would Like to Play Dash Rendar in Star Wars https://www.akkanson.com/shazams-zachary-levi-would-like-to-play-dash-rendar-in-star-wars/ https://www.akkanson.com/shazams-zachary-levi-would-like-to-play-dash-rendar-in-star-wars/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:56:30 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=51840 Though Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may have ended the main Skywalker Saga, we should still expect the universe to keep expanding with Disney leading the charge. The franchise is scooping up actors left and right, and DC star Zachary Levi (Shazam!) already has an idea on who he

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Though Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may have ended the main Skywalker Saga, we should still expect the universe to keep expanding with Disney leading the charge. The franchise is scooping up actors left and right, and DC star Zachary Levi (Shazam!) already has an idea on who he wants to play should he be cast.

Here’s his post:

https://twitter.com/ZacharyLevi/status/1210769228527099910?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1210769228527099910&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fepicstream.com%2Fnews%2FNobelleBorines%2FStar-Wars-Zachary-Levi-Volunteers-to-Play-Dash-Rendar

In Star Wars Legends, Dash Rendar was basically another Han Solo-type, who was also from Corellia and had a ship called the Outrider. He was recently made canon again thanks to the Solo companion piece Tales from Vandor, so you can imagine that he has a lot of room to have his canon story expanded.

With a lot of fans asking for a Solo Disney+ series, I could say that Rendar might be a nice foil to Han Solo. With The Mandalorian also referencing Legends like crazy, it’s very possible that we could get Rendar appear at some point and have an adventure with Din Djarin. Either way, there’s a lot of room for this old fan favorite to join the ranks of canon somewhere down the line.

For now, Levi has made a huge jump in his career, so I don’t expect him to make any TV appearances soon. Then again, he did have a great cameo role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; what are the chances he could do the same for Star Wars?

For now, The Mandalorian is set to premiere with its second season in the fall of 2020. You can catch the stellar first season now on Disney+. Levi returns as Captain Marvel for Shazam! 2, in theaters April 1, 2022.

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Black Adam Could Feature Dr. Fate, the JSA, and More https://www.akkanson.com/black-adam-could-feature-dr-fate-the-jsa-and-more/ https://www.akkanson.com/black-adam-could-feature-dr-fate-the-jsa-and-more/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 02:55:43 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=51427 It looked like Black Adam starring the Rock was going to be a one-man show, but it seems that this Shazam! spinoff could be introducing more elements to the DCEU than we initially thought. Rumor has been going around that Hawkman was going to be introduced in the film, but

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It looked like Black Adam starring the Rock was going to be a one-man show, but it seems that this Shazam! spinoff could be introducing more elements to the DCEU than we initially thought.

Rumor has been going around that Hawkman was going to be introduced in the film, but now the Rock has talked to ScreenRant about the film introducing the Justice Society of America. While Johnson didn’t really go into specifics about the JSA, he did say this when asked, “JSA. We will introduce you to that, the world to JSA.”

Besides the JSA though, Heroic Hollywood is also going around with a rumor that Dr. Fate is going to be part of the show as well as Adam’s love interest Isis. While the inclusion of Isis could have been a no-brainer, bringing in Fate could be interesting, seeing as he has origins connected to Egyptian mythos, and the movie looks to be leaning into that, what with Hawkman’s inclusion.

If anything, I’m hoping this film will have the Rock play someone other than a smiley action man. I mean, he’s basically played the same part for his past couple of movies. I really want Adam to feel like someone who can be a rival to Zachary Levi’s Captain Marvel, so when they do clash, it will be something we’ll all line up for.

For now, all of these character inclusions are just rumors, but they do make sense in a world-building/story perspective. Let’s just see where it goes.

Catch Black Adam when it hits theaters Dec. 22, 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson: Black Adam will Start as a Villain and Turn Into an Anti-Hero https://www.akkanson.com/dwayne-johnson-black-adam-will-start-as-a-villain-and-turn-into-an-anti-hero/ https://www.akkanson.com/dwayne-johnson-black-adam-will-start-as-a-villain-and-turn-into-an-anti-hero/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 06:09:20 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=50279 Though we didn’t get a glimpse of him in Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson has signed on to be Captain Marvel’s rival Black Adam. The movie is set to begin production sometime next year, and Johnson gives us a little teaser of what to expect with his DC antihero. Talking to ComicBook,

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Though we didn’t get a glimpse of him in Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson has signed on to be Captain Marvel’s rival Black Adam. The movie is set to begin production sometime next year, and Johnson gives us a little teaser of what to expect with his DC antihero.

Talking to ComicBook, Johnson reveals, “Black Adam, how he starts, he starts off as a villain… Then, he becomes an anti-hero. And then he might become a hero or we might not.”

While Johnson only had that to say, his producer Hiram Garcia talked a lot more about Black Adam’s interpretation onscreen:

“Well, you’re going to meet is you’re going to meet a character who’s going through a journey… And I think the idea is, look, we know the root of obviously Black Adam. He was created as a villain. And through the love of the fans and through some great writers and storytellers, he evolved into an antihero. The antihero is a character that we always loved and that we responded to. But we understand that there’s been many aspects to Black Adam through him. But ultimately this is a guy who he does have a moral compass as skewed as it may be. And ultimately he is a guy that everything has always been driven by his family and what happens to them. And he is never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him. So I think when you add in those elements of that DNA, those are things we’re very aware of.”

Though a lot of people are expecting a clash between Captain Marvel and Adam in the next movie, Zachary Levi himself has confirmed that they’re saving it for the third Shazam!. With’s Adam’s status as an anti-hero though, I’m kind of hoping they write him a bit better. The last anti-hero film we had was Venom and that film was a critical mess.

For now, Shazam! 2 is set to have Mister Mind as the next villain. We don’t have a release date yet, but it’s likely we could get the movie sometime in 2022.

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Zachary Levi: Expect Fight with Black Adam in Shazam! 3 https://www.akkanson.com/zachary-levi-expect-fight-with-black-adam-in-shazam-3/ https://www.akkanson.com/zachary-levi-expect-fight-with-black-adam-in-shazam-3/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 02:39:16 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=50146 If Superman had Lex Luthor and Batman had the Joker, Captain Marvel had Black Adam. Adam was nowhere to be seen in Shazam!, and we shouldn’t be holding our breaths to see him in the next film either. According to Zachary Levi, we should expect the big clash between Captain

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If Superman had Lex Luthor and Batman had the Joker, Captain Marvel had Black Adam. Adam was nowhere to be seen in Shazam!, and we shouldn’t be holding our breaths to see him in the next film either.

According to Zachary Levi, we should expect the big clash between Captain Marvel and Black Adam to take place in the third Shazam! film. During an appearance at the CCXP Cologne Convention (via Batman-News), Levi said:

“I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam! because the idea is that they want to go and do a standalone Black Adam movie first… And then it would kind of be if we do a third Shazam! and a second Black Adam, kind of [parallel] like that, that’s where we would [meet].”

As for why the DCEU decided to put a hold on Adam, Levi thought that it was kind of the franchise’s way of saving the best for last. Levi continues:

“[Adam is] like the ultimate bad guy for Captain Marvel, Shazam. Like [Captain Marvel and] Black Adam, they’re doppelgängers right, the evil twin to who I am. So that’s got to be like the final battle…If we do that in the second movie, then where do we go after that? It would just be a movie of us sitting around playing video games for the third one, that would be very boring. Or not [laughs]. I’m a very interesting video game player. So yeah, I think that’s the idea. We’ll definitely [cross over] — the plan is to get there, but just to pace it out however it needs to pace out.”

As of now, both movies are set to begin production with Adam looking to start early 2020 and Shazam! 2 much later in the year. With that in mind, Black Adam could get a release sometime in 2021, with the next Shazam! coming out 2022.

Of course, I’m just guessing. Hopefully we can get a solid release date come SDCC 2019 this coming weekend.

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Zack Snyder Himself Confirms a ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League Exists https://www.akkanson.com/zack-snyder-himself-confirms-a-snyder-cut-of-justice-league-exists/ https://www.akkanson.com/zack-snyder-himself-confirms-a-snyder-cut-of-justice-league-exists/#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:47:27 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=49000 It’s been more than a year since Justice League came out, but until now there’s been furious debate on the existence of a “Snyder Cut” of the film—one that kept to the true vision of Snyder before WB brought Joss Whedon in to change everything. Now all the arguments could

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It’s been more than a year since Justice League came out, but until now there’s been furious debate on the existence of a “Snyder Cut” of the film—one that kept to the true vision of Snyder before WB brought Joss Whedon in to change everything. Now all the arguments could be put to rest as Snyder himself has confirmed that his cut of the movie exists.

Check out this interview during a fund raising event for his old art school:

The audio isn’t really that clear, but you can definitely make out Snyder saying, “All I can say is… sure there’s a cut… it’s done. I have a cut. I have a bunch of them. So, it’s not like… that’s up to them [Warner Bros.].”

Though Snyder is credited as director for the theatrical cut of Justice League, he himself has said that he has yet to watch the film. After the complexity of the story of Batman v Superman, there’s no way that Snyder would have given the go on the Justice League that we got.

Will WB eventually release the cut? It’s very hard to say. Though fan demand has been high, DC is trying to pave a new way forward with their films without relying on the universe that Snyder has set up. If it gets released now, there would have to be another overhaul of the DCEU films that are currently in the works. The way it looks, the strategy is to get a hand on the standalone movies, and when DC decides they’ve finally gotten their groove, they’re going to take another stab at the team-up films.

For now, the next DCEU film we have down the line is Shazam!. Catch the movie in theaters April 5.

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Watch: Robot Chicken’s Take on the Upcoming Shazam! https://www.akkanson.com/watch-robot-chickens-take-on-the-upcoming-shazam/ https://www.akkanson.com/watch-robot-chickens-take-on-the-upcoming-shazam/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:14:52 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48962 March is almost ending, and next month will see the release of DCEU’s Shazam!. The film is slowly going full steam with its promotion, and Robot Chicken has released this fun short featuring Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCZGTxT88Hs By the way the characters sound, you could say that they got original

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March is almost ending, and next month will see the release of DCEU’s Shazam!. The film is slowly going full steam with its promotion, and Robot Chicken has released this fun short featuring Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCZGTxT88Hs

By the way the characters sound, you could say that they got original actors Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer to voice Shazam and Freddy. After all the promos they’ve been shooting, you’d think they would have time to do a little recording with the Robot Chicken team.

For now, Shazam! is the first of the only two DCEU films that we’ll be getting this year. We were originally supposed to get Wonder Woman 1984 in November, but the film was pushed back to June of 2020. Now the only other movie left for DC is Todd Phillips’ Joker, and it’s likely we’ll get the new trailer drop after Shazam! hits theaters.

The good news is, everyone who’s checked out Shazam! has nothing to say but good things about Billy Batson’s intro to the DCEU. Then again, we’ll just have to wait and see what the general audience thinks about the movie. Critics were all raving about Batman v Superman before it came out, but we all saw how it slowly derailed the DC train from its original plans.

Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers soon get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

 

Catch Shazam! in theaters April 5.

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Zack Snyder Says Avengers Movies Are Great But Fans Need to Try New Things https://www.akkanson.com/zack-snyder-says-avengers-movies-are-great-but-fans-need-to-try-new-things/ https://www.akkanson.com/zack-snyder-says-avengers-movies-are-great-but-fans-need-to-try-new-things/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:09:11 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48967 Not too long ago, Zack Snyder was set to make his own cinematic universe with the DCEU, but fan reactions have prompted WB to put a stop to his plans and continue on with a more ‘MCU-like’ formula. During a recent panel, Snyder opened up about how he enjoys the

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Not too long ago, Zack Snyder was set to make his own cinematic universe with the DCEU, but fan reactions have prompted WB to put a stop to his plans and continue on with a more ‘MCU-like’ formula. During a recent panel, Snyder opened up about how he enjoys the MCU films, but thinks that fans shouldn’t be afraid to try new things when it comes to their comic book movies.

Snyder said during a Q & A panel (via @boomborks):

“The thing with comic book movies is, and you know I’m a fan; I go and see them and I love them. I go and see all the Avengers movies, and I go and I enjoy them and I love it. You don’t have to NOT enjoy them, but you also have to be like, open to other things as well.”

When Snyder’s DCEU films first came out, they did get a lot of criticism from some fans about how dark and bleak they were. What’s depressing is that Snyder was gradually building up to his more optimistic DCEU, but his plans were just scrapped and rushed after the backlash.

The way it looks, WB had made several gut reactions to every other film that they pumped out—resulting in some very messy films. I think the studio that handles their fandom best is Lucasfilm; there are always violent reactions to every Star Wars movie that comes out, but Lucasfilm keeps pushing forward with their original plans, not paying much mind to what haters say online.

For now, the DCEU has paved a new path for itself, but so far nothing looks as ambitious as what Snyder had initially planned. Hopefully with enough time and success, the DCEU will try something a bit more risky again, and maybe this time, they’ll know how to filter out the haters’ noise.

The next DCEU film set to come out is Shazam! which hits theaters April 5.

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New Shazam! Trailer Finally Dropped https://www.akkanson.com/new-shazam-trailer-finally-dropped/ https://www.akkanson.com/new-shazam-trailer-finally-dropped/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 03:19:06 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48669 Shazam! is set to come out next month, and until now, we’ve only had the SDCC trailer to keep us hyped. The good news is, WB has dropped a new trailer, and it gives us a lot more to love about the film. Check it out: We all have a

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Shazam! is set to come out next month, and until now, we’ve only had the SDCC trailer to keep us hyped. The good news is, WB has dropped a new trailer, and it gives us a lot more to love about the film.

Check it out:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Admittedly, though the trailer does have a lot of new footage, the marketing is still clever in hiding some of the bigger reveals that are coming to the film. These have actually been spoiled by photos of the toys, but I think it’s great that the film has decided not to play all of its cards in the new trailer.

I do think it’s fun that Freddy says Shazam’s alter-ego is ‘Captain Sparkle Fingers’. I have a feeling we’re going to get a “Captain Marvel” mention one way or another. After all, it was Shazam that had that name in the first place.

Unlike the other DCEU films that have come before it, Shazam! is officially an action-comedy, and will serve as the Guardians of the Galaxy of the DCEU. It’s just so fun to watch Zachary Levi act like an excited kid with superpowers. It has been said that the film was going for a tone that was Big but with Superman instead of Tom Hanks.

Catch Shazam! in theaters April 5.

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Shazam!: Zachary Levi Asks Fans to Stop Pitting Film Against Captain Marvel https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-zachary-levi-asks-fans-to-stop-pitting-film-against-captain-marvel/ https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-zachary-levi-asks-fans-to-stop-pitting-film-against-captain-marvel/#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 05:31:20 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48595 Captain Marvel is set to come out in a few weeks, but has recently caught a snag with some toxic people giving it a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes even before it comes out. A huge chunk of the haters come from the DC fanbase saying that Shazam! is the

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Captain Marvel is set to come out in a few weeks, but has recently caught a snag with some toxic people giving it a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes even before it comes out. A huge chunk of the haters come from the DC fanbase saying that Shazam! is the original Captain Marvel, but now Zachary Levi has come out to ask fans to stop pitting the films against each other.

This is an excerpt from his video post:

https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1099723177352224768

Though I think the DC vs. Marvel debate is always an inevitable discussion, the lengths that some fans will go through to ‘fight for what they love’ is downright ridiculous. It’s great that Levi actually stood up and said something before this escalated into a Star Wars-type situation.

Just in case you didn’t know, the Star Wars fandom has some members that are overtly toxic that they eventually bullied Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley out of social media. Not to mention they pushed Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best to the brink of suicide.

Hopefully it’s not too late when it comes to Marvel vs. DC. Like Levi said, you don’t really have to be for either side, and it’s perfectly fine to like both. It’s not fine, however, to actively ruin a movie’s chances of success by giving it terrible reviews online even before it comes out.

Catch Captain Marvel in theaters March 8. Shazam! comes out April 5.

 

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‘Super’ Cameo Confirmed in Shazam! Test Screenings https://www.akkanson.com/super-cameo-confirmed-in-shazam-test-screenings/ https://www.akkanson.com/super-cameo-confirmed-in-shazam-test-screenings/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 02:46:58 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48384 There had been rumors coming out that Shazam! was planning a cameo for Henry Cavill’s Superman, but Cavill had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts with The Witcher. What’s interesting is, some test screenings for Shazam! have confirmed that the movie does include a ‘super’ cameo. This comes

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There had been rumors coming out that Shazam! was planning a cameo for Henry Cavill’s Superman, but Cavill had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts with The Witcher. What’s interesting is, some test screenings for Shazam! have confirmed that the movie does include a ‘super’ cameo.

This comes from The GWW’s KC Walsh who writes:

Hearing more great things out of the latest #Shazam test screenings. Including a super cameo that is both concerning and exciting

While ‘Super’ could be a dead ringer clue for Superman making an appearance, I am curious about his description for ‘concerning and exciting.’ Which hero would have to cameo to give us that kind of reaction?

My guess is that it’s an appearance from both Superman and Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. While it’s exciting to see Superman come back, it’s concerning to see Affleck make an appearance as well; since news broke out that he was not going to play Batman in the upcoming solo movie. So will he still play Batman in movies that take place after Justice League? They did say the solo film was going to focus on someone younger.

Come to think of it, it could be an appearance of any League member. There were rumors last year that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was going to cameo, but we never did get an update on that. Whatever happens, I sure am excited to see who Billy Batson runs into.

Catch Shazam! in theaters April 5.

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New Teaser Released for Shazam!, Full Trailer on Tuesday https://www.akkanson.com/new-teaser-released-for-shazam-full-trailer-on-tuesday/ https://www.akkanson.com/new-teaser-released-for-shazam-full-trailer-on-tuesday/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:50:17 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=48185 Aquaman dominated the box office last December, but this April will see the arrival of a new superhero with DCEU’s Shazam!. A new trailer was expected to drop this coming Tuesday, and WB has released a short teaser filled with some great shots. For one, we get a lot more of

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Aquaman dominated the box office last December, but this April will see the arrival of a new superhero with DCEU’s Shazam!. A new trailer was expected to drop this coming Tuesday, and WB has released a short teaser filled with some great shots.

For one, we get a lot more of Dr. Sivana in this trailer, and we see how he clashes with Shazam in the film. Hopefully this time around, there won’t be as much collateral damage as Man of Steel. We also have one short shot of Sivana as a child walking into the lair of the Wizard and we get a glimpse of the statues of the Seven Deadly Sins. Rumor has it that they’ll be coming to life in the movie as well.

Besides all that, the real selling point of Shazam! is the humor, and we get a lot more jokes from Zachary Levi. We have Billy Batson attempting to purchase beer as an adult, and we have him seemingly demonstrating his powers for money. There’s also this fun bit in the end with Freddy where they’re trying to get a real-estate agent to find a secret lair for them.

Shazam! is actually the lowest-budgeted DCEU film so far costing under $100 million to make; it’s probably because Shazam/Captain Marvel is one of the more obscure heroes in the DC roster. At least the movie doesn’t need to perform too well to make a profit. If any case, the trailers have been amazing, and I can’t wait for a full one within the week.

Shazam! hits theaters April 5.

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Shazam! Gets its First Official Poster, Trailer NOT Releasing This Week https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-gets-its-first-official-poster-trailer-not-releasing-this-week/ https://www.akkanson.com/shazam-gets-its-first-official-poster-trailer-not-releasing-this-week/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 02:09:51 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=47708 With the film coming out early next year, it’s only right that WB should steadily build up the marketing for Shazam!. A new official poster has been shared by Zachary Levi, and as it turns out, we won’t be getting the new preview this week. Check out Levi’s post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrDcSEYl2tJ/

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With the film coming out early next year, it’s only right that WB should steadily build up the marketing for Shazam!. A new official poster has been shared by Zachary Levi, and as it turns out, we won’t be getting the new preview this week.

Check out Levi’s post:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrDcSEYl2tJ/

Rumors have been coming out that the new trailer for Shazam! would release this week, and it was kind of believable counting that Marvel will be coming out with a total of three trailers—Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far from Home. Add to that we’re also getting a new preview for Godzilla: King of Monsters.

Though I am kind of bummed we have to wait a bit longer for a new look at Shazam!, I guess the trailer would just end up being drowned out by all the hype on the MCU. A New Year’s release would definitely give fans some breathing room to feel the hype for the film.

For now, the DCEU is aiming to get back on its feet with the release of Aquaman, and based on the early reviews, the movie is going to be amazing. Let’s just hope the audiences agree with the critics this time around.

Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers soon get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Catch Shazam! in theaters April 5, 2019.

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Avengers 4 Trailer Delayed Due to George H.W. Bush’s Funeral https://www.akkanson.com/avengers-4-trailer-delayed-due-to-george-h-w-bushs-funeral/ https://www.akkanson.com/avengers-4-trailer-delayed-due-to-george-h-w-bushs-funeral/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:02:22 +0000 https://www.akkanson.com/?p=47672 [UPDATE] The DisInsider confirms that the Avengers 4 trailer drop has been moved to Friday morning. The original article is as follows: After a whole November of waiting and no trailer drop, a lot of fans were relieved when multiple sources had confirmed that the trailer for Avengers 4 was

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[UPDATE] The DisInsider confirms that the Avengers 4 trailer drop has been moved to Friday morning. The original article is as follows:

After a whole November of waiting and no trailer drop, a lot of fans were relieved when multiple sources had confirmed that the trailer for Avengers 4 was finally going to come out Wednesday morning. As it turns out, Marvel had to push the trailer back to make way for the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush.

Multiple sources on Twitter had confirmed that the trailer will not release on the original intended day as it has been declared as a national day of mourning. Surely it would seem in bad taste if Marvel would drop something as big as the A4 trailer in the midst of a former president’s funeral.

The good news is, it looks like the delay won’t be that long, and we should still expect the drop sometime this week. At best we could get the Avengers 4 trailer on Thursday. If fans were able to wait the entire November with no trailer dropping, I’m sure they can last just one more day.

Besides, I’m sure until now some fans aren’t done poring over every single detail from the new Captain Marvel trailer.

Besides the A4 traiker, we also have a lot more previews to look forward to. It’s expected that we’ll get new trailers for Shazam!, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Godzilla: King of Monsters within the week as well. Maybe it’s possible that Marvel decided to delay the A4 trailer release so it can come out along with these other previews.

Think of it as some kind of Christmas gift.

Catch Avengers 4 in theaters May 3, 2019.

 

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