Is Gal Gadot nonetheless Wonder Woman after ‘Shazam 2’?
This story incorporates spoilers for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”
Generally, a movie’s advertising and marketing materials will spoil a element meant to be a shock.
That’s what occurred with “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” To the frustration of director David F. Sandberg, Gal Gadot’s look as Wonder Woman was revealed previous to the movie’s Friday launch in a TV advert.
The sequel to 2019’s “Shazam!” sees Billy Batson (Asher Angel and Zachary Levi) and his superpowered siblings tackle a household of vengeful gods with a view to save Philadelphia and the world.
It’s a herculean job for any teenager, even one with the flexibility to channel the knowledge of Solomon, the power of Hercules, the braveness of Achilles, the facility of Zeus, the stamina of Atlas and the pace of Mercury after shouting a magic phrase.
Fortunately, Billy has no less than one demi-god on his facet: Wonder Woman. In fact, she doesn’t make a correct look till after the massive battle is over. Her cameo is the payoff of a gag from earlier within the movie, which sees Billy interacting with Diana (in his desires) with out ever displaying her face — itself a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the faceless Superman cameo on the finish of “Shazam!”
DC movie followers will do not forget that Gadot made her debut because the Amazonian warrior from Themyscira in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earlier than headlining “Wonder Woman” (2017) and “Wonder Woman 1984” (2020). She was additionally part of DC’s 2017 superhero team-up “Justice League.”
However Gadot’s future as Wonder Woman has been in query ever since James Gunn and Peter Safran have been named co-chairmen and chief government officers of DC Studios in October. Within the wake of the Warner Bros. Discovery shakeup got here the information that the studio wouldn’t be shifting ahead with Patty Jenkins’ beforehand introduced “Wonder Woman 3.”
Since then, Gunn and Safran have shared a few of their plans for a gentle DC reboot meant to coalesce the franchise’s fundamental movie, TV and animation initiatives into one shared continuity generally known as the DC Universe. Movies and collection set into movement underneath the earlier DC regime that didn’t match the brand new leaders’ imaginative and prescient have been scrapped, and a brand new slate of initiatives was introduced in January.
Among the many upcoming movies is Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy,” which is about to introduce a youthful Clark Kent to be portrayed by somebody aside from Henry Cavill, who had been enjoying the character in DC’s live-action movies since 2013’s “Man of Steel.”
Whereas Cavill’s tenure as Superman has ended, Gadot’s fellow “Justice League” cohorts Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa are set to reprise their respective roles in “The Flash” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” each of that are anticipated to hit theaters this 12 months. The DC powers-that-be have been understandably mum about Miller, Momoa and Gadot’s long-term futures, however Gunn and Safran have mentioned there isn’t a official cause that they couldn’t proceed of their roles. One of many “Shazam 2” finish credit scenes even units up the chance that Levi’s tenure as the teenager superhero isn’t over both.
Gunn has been candid on social media about desirous to see more Wonder Woman stories, no less than in animation. He has additionally beforehand refuted social media feedback that Gadot had been “booted” from her function. However the one Wonder Woman-related mission on the slate as of now’s the Themyscira-set collection “Paradise Lost,” which presumably will happen earlier than Diana’s delivery. For her half, Gadot seems interested in staying on for Wonder Woman’s “next chapter.”
With a rumored “Flash” cameo reportedly minimize, there’s a likelihood that Gadot’s “Shazam 2” look would be the last time audiences see her as Wonder Woman. Nonetheless, Gadot has portrayed Wonder Woman in tales set throughout World Conflict I by means of the current, and matched with the chances of the multiverse, there may be loads of potential for her return.
Want proof of idea? See Michael Keaton returning as Batman in “The Flash” 30 years after he final portrayed a model of the character.