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DC changes leaves Shazam and Wonder Woman in limbo

DC update: Shazam and Wonder Woman uncertain of future
DC update: Shazam and Wonder Woman uncertain of future

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DC: For the past ten years, Marvel’s fiercest competitor has been attempting to catch up with them, leaving the DC Extended Universe in ruins.

Director Zack Snyder had a very clear idea of what he intended to accomplish, but Warner Bros. officials weren’t satisfied with the results.

They chose to copy the MCU instead of constructing the intricate world that Snyder had in mind.

After the Justice League fiasco in 2017, DC was in a terrible state, and fans had no idea what would happen next.

DC made the decision to get back on track this year by appointing Peter Safran and James Gunn, who would both handle a dual positions at the senior levels.

However, their attempts to alter the established landscape of the DC universe have aroused a lot of online hostility.

The Shazam situation

There have been significant recent changes at DC Studios.

Gal Gadot suppressed her excitement after Gunn decided against making the third Wonder Woman film.

The fact that Henry Cavill won’t be playing Superman again didn’t sit well with the public.

His comeback had only recently been officially announced, so the news dismayed his fans.

Zachary Levi, well known for his work in Shazam, will return to the big screen in 2023 to play the original Captain Marvel.

He is weighing his opinion about his status in DC, just like other people.

One Twitter user drew attention to Levi’s age by writing that by James Gunn’s standards, Levi is “a grandfather.”

Shazam’s actor had this to say in response: “Ageist.”

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Gunn’s changes

Since being named as co-presidents with Peter Safran, James Gunn has come under fire.

The biggest is Cavill’s compelled resignation from Superman.

James Gunn asserts that he intends to concentrate on Superman in a reboot that will center on the boy wonder’s formative years.

The controversy around the choice to scrap Wonder Woman 3 and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman movie series escalated.

What will happen to Black Adam is still a mystery, but the Flashpoint Paradox will probably play a key role in the reboot.

Gunn did admit that he understood the requirements before taking the promotion, though:

“One of the things Peter & I were aware of when we took the job as heads of DC Studios was a certain minority of people online that could be, well, uproarious & unkind to say the least.”

“Our choices for the DCU are based upon what we believe is best for the story & best for the DC characters who have been around for nearly 85 years.”

“Perhaps these choices are great, perhaps not, but they are made with sincere hearts & integrity & always with the story in mind.”

“No one loves to be harassed or called names – but, to be frank, we’ve been through significantly worse. Disrespectful outcry will never, ever affect our actions.”

“We were aware there would be a period of turbulence when we took this gig, & we knew we would sometimes have to make difficult & not-so-obvious choices, especially in the wake of the fractious nature of what came before us.”

“But this means little to us in comparison to our jobs as artists & custodians in helping to create a wide & wonderful future for DC.”

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What’s next for Wonder Woman?

Among other changes at DC Studios, Patty Jenkins’ third Wonder Woman movie has already been shelved.

Gal Gadot may reprise her role as Princess Diana despite the sequel’s inevitable cancellation.

Gunn recently responded to claims that he turned down Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill.

“I’m not sure where you’re getting that we ‘booted’ Gal,” he wrote.

The actress expressed her excitement for the third installment of the Themysciran princess epic in a statement she released a few days earlier.

There is still hope that the first superheroine to debut on the big screen will continue her journey, even though the much-anticipated sequel won’t take place.


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