Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ big cameo wasn’t a shock last-minute inclusion

Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ big cameo wasn’t a shock last-minute inclusion
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Full spoilers comply with for Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg has revealed that Wonder Woman’s surprising cameo was a part of the superhero film from the get-go.

Speaking exclusively to TechRadar forward of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie’s release – learn our Shazam! Fury of the Gods assessment if you have not already – Sandberg explained how Gal Gadot’s superhero discovered her way into the sequel.

From the outset, Sandberg – alongside Shazam! 2 writers Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan – needed Wonder Woman to make a crowd-pleasing cameo in Fury of the Gods. As Sandberg explained to TechRadar: “No, that [Wonder Woman’s appearance] was always in there [the script] from the beginning.”

Despite wishing to incorporate Gadot in Shazam’s second live-action outing, although, Sandberg was skeptical that Gadot and/or Warner Bros. would agree to incorporate her in the film. How so? Sandberg had already been burned before – the director beforehand anticipating to land Henry Cavill’s Superman for a cameo in 2019’s Shazam! before it fell via on the last minute.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ big cameo wasn’t a shock last-minute inclusion

Wonder Woman makes a crowd-pleasing cameo in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. (Image credit score: Warner Bros. Pictures)

“I had my doubts that it was actually going to happen,” Sandberg said. “That was because of what happened with Henry in the first movie, which fell apart and I had to use a stand-in and cut off his head. But yeah, Wonder Woman was always in there, even though I didn’t think we’d get Gal.”

Wonder Woman’s cameo should not come as too large of a shock, thoughts you. Like Shazam, the DC superhero – actual identify Diana Prince – has ties to Greek mythology as she’s the daughter of Zeus. Given Shazam’s own hyperlinks to the Greek gods, to not point out the looks of the antagonistic Daughters of Atlas in Fury of the Gods, Shazam and Wonder Woman appear like a match made in heaven.

Well, from a team-up standpoint, anyway. As Fury of the Gods shows, Shazam – or, moderately, the teenage Billy Batson – does not stand an opportunity at really relationship Wonder Woman, even when the movie pokes enjoyable at him doing so in an amusing dream sequence earlier in its runtime. As Sandberg revealed, Gadot’s look in Shazam! 2 was at all times only a cameo, which means there was by no means one other script the place she featured more prominently.

“Gal never had a bigger part because, you know, we’re never going to get her!”, Sandberg added. “We went a lot bigger with this movie, but it’s still Shazam. It’s a bit smaller than other superhero movies, so I was just glad to get her at all. It was like ‘Finally, we get to have a DC cameo with an actual actor’s head in a movie!’

“That also allowed us to have with the scene with the Wizard’s head on Wonder Woman’s body to form of tease people. That’s one thing you may only do for those who really have her show up on the end. Otherwise, people can be p****d off and simply stroll out of the theater unimpressed.”

Unfortunately for Sandberg, and for the film’s forged and in depth crew, Wonder Woman’s cameo was surprisingly spoiled forward of Fury of the Gods‘ release. A TV spot for the movie, which was released last weekend (March 11/12) confirmed her look in Shazam! 2 – a reveal that led Sandberg to tweet out a warning to his followers in regards to the spoiler-centric commercial, plus some other main spoilers that audiences would wish to keep away from before seeing the movie on the large display screen.

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It’s unclear why Warner Bros. determined to release Wonder Woman’s cameo in a TV spot. Maybe the studio’s executives have been involved that the forthcoming DCEU movie wasn’t monitoring to carry out properly on the field office, and thought that revealing Wonder Woman’s look would possibly make some viewers, who have been probably on the fence about seeing it in theaters, head out to their native cinema to see how Diana elements into the plot. 

Either way, it is a enjoyable cameo that offers Gadot some closure on taking part in the enduring superhero in the DCEU. New DC Studios co-head James Gunn has confirmed (per IGN) that he is spoken to Gadot about doubtlessly showing in his and Peter Safran’s new-look DC Cinematic Universe (DCU), with the DCU’s first initiatives having been revealed in late January.

It’s unclear if Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman, nonetheless, or if she’ll painting another person. If it is the latter, Fury of the Gods could show to be certainly one of her final appearances as the favored superhero.

For more DC-based protection, learn how to observe the DC films in order. Additionally, learn our in-depth Shazam! Fury of the Gods interview with Sandberg, or examine which DCU films and TV shows we’re most excited for.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is in theaters now. Shazam!, which is among the finest superhero films, in our opinion, is on the market to stream on HBO Max.