Zachary Levi, star of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Shazam, says that he wants Wonder Woman to have a cameo.
In a recent interview with ET Online, he was asked what other DCEU superheroes he thought should appear in the movie. Levi immediately focused on the superheroine—or rather, her actress, Gal Gadot.
“Wonder Woman, because she’s awesome. I think getting a cameo from anybody would be super cool, but I just think Gal Gadot is so effervescent. She has such a charm. And she seems like a really cool broad,” he said.
He also noted Wondy’s potential with his character. “I think it would be really funny to have the 14-year-old Billy Batson inside of Shazam that’s really awkward around this beautiful Amazonian. I just think that would be really awesome.”
Shazam focuses on Billy Batson, a young boy who is given the power to transform into an adult superhero by saying the magic word “Shazam!” Levi will be playing the superpowered form, (traditionally “Captain Marvel” but, based on his comments, possibly called “Shazam” here). The normal “Billy” identity will be played by Asher Angel, best known for his role as Jonah Beck in the TV series Andi Mack.
There are other reasons why Wonder Woman could be a good pick for the film. Like her, Billy has ties to Greek mythology, deriving his powers from six legendary figures (Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury, and odd-man-out Solomon). Some have questioned how Billy can get these powers, given that the gods are dead in the DCEU; perhaps Wonder Woman could show up and provide an answer.
On a meta level, however, there is the fact that Wonder Woman is the only DCEU film that has widespread acclaim from critics and audiences, and represents the more hopeful tone that the franchise wants going forward; director David F. Sandberg says that Shazam will be similarly upbeat. Furthermore, Shazam (release date April 5, 2019) will come just a few months ahead of Wonder woman 2 (November 1), so this could be a good way to promote the lesser-known property while getting people pumped for her solo return.
Matt Reeves says that he’s still working on the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Batman, but implies that it will probably be a long time before there is any concrete news on the project.
He made these comments during an appearance on the podcast The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith, where he said “I am outlining. I have the story worked out, and I am outlining.”
Unfortunately for fans, outlining means that he still has a ways to go before he even starts working on the script, let alone doing the casting, pre-production or filming of the movie. As such, rumors that production are going to begin during the summer of this year are almost certainly not accurate.
The Batman would be a follow-up to the appearance of the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, both of which had an underwhelming reception. Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping that their most popular superhero can get another trilogy going to win back some audience support for the floundering DCEU franchise.
According to Reeves, his movie would focus on Batman as a detective, and be influenced by the thrillers of famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Currently unknown is whether or not it would include other members of the Bat Family; Nightwing and Batgirl are both supposed to be getting their own movies as well.
Of course, it remains to be seen if any of these flicks will ultimately get made; since starting this franchise, Warner Bros. has announced something like twenty upcoming films, only for many to stall, disappear or go through production problems. Fortunately, the next two, Aquaman and Shazam, seem to be moving along well, being in post- and pre-production, respectively.
Another major question is whether Reeves’ hypothetical movie will include Ben Affleck, who has played him in this series so far. Rumors say that the veteran actor is thinking of leaving the franchise. Last heard, he was “considering” reprising his role in the upcoming solo film; meanwhile, Reeves reportedly has an alternative actor in mind to take up the mantle should Batfleck decide to hang up the cowl.
The D.C. Extended Universe has not exactly taken off as smoothly as Superman leaps to the sky. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Batman v. Superman did not exactly make people forget about Marvel’s output or the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics have no desire to give up on any dreams of superhero cash cows. Plans to continue the D.C. Extended Universe are already drawn up. The projects in the pipeline are quite impressive.
The Flash and The Batman are delayed, but Aquaman is right on schedule. Aquaman may prove to be one of the more interesting projects thanks to the incredibly charismatic Jason Momoa in the title role. Aquaman was always a lower-tier D.C. Comics hero, but he has a chance to really break out on his own thanks to the skills of Momoa.
Black Adam is an anti-hero no one outside of readers of Shazam! have ever heard of. Dwayne Johnson is playing the role of Black Adam so the film is a guaranteed hit. The Shazam! film may suffer from being derivative of Superman, a character that hasn’t had much success since Superman III in 1983. The recent reboots really underwhelmed.
Cyborg might be able to bring the gap between superheroes and science in the same way Iron Mad did for Marvel. Cyborg is not a well-known character, but he is making a big debut in the Justice League movie. The high-profile first appearance should effectively set Cyborg up nicely for a solo film. This is, of course, provided the Justice League film is a good one.
Several other interesting films projects such as Gotham City Sirens and Green Lantern Corps sound intriguing. A few of the other projects such as the supernatural hero ensemble Dark Universe may be harder sells.
The good thing here is the D.C. Extended Universe is trudging forward and, hopefully, will be around a decade from now.