Warner Bros. Pulls the Plug on Shazam

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Well, it appears that General Zod wasn’t the only thing Man of Steel killed off.  Even though they had a script and Peter Segal (Grudge Match) attached to direct, Warner Brothers decided not to move forward with production of the Shazam movie and Segal claims that Man of Steel was the reason why.  He thinks that, due to Captain Marvel’s similarities with Superman, it would cause unfair comparisons between the two characters and leave the film stuck in the shadow of Man of Steel.  

Honestly, I have a hard time disagreeing with him on this.  I’ve only seen Captain Marvel twice on screen and both times he had to share it with Superman.  Even when the people at DC Animated gave him his own origin movie he had to share it with Supes.  When Captain Marvel isn’t working with or in direct conflict with Superman, Warner Brothers and DC just seem to have trouble knowing what to do with him.

Of course, given how much trouble Warner Bros. has had getting their other properties off the ground, it’s entirely possible they balked on this Shazam movie adaptation for different reasons (at this point I’m not sure anything would surprise me anymore).

Considering that Captain Marvel’s alter ego, Billy Batson, is a twelve year old kid, there were an overwhelming number of ways this production could have gone wrong anyway.  The way I see it, one of two things would’ve happened with Batson.  They would make Billy unbearably annoying (since movie studios seem to think this is how all kids should be written) or they would age him into an adult and likely alienate the fans.

Should DC be making a Shazam movie?  Do you agree Peter Segal about DC’s motivations?  Sound off in the comment section below.

Source: Screen Rant

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Derek Johns
is a native Texan who has had a love and fascination with movies as long as he can remember. He attended Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. His love of film only grew during his college days, with seldom an hour going by without him making some kind of movie reference. He has since gone on a seemingly never-ending quest to see as many movies (old and new) that he possibly can, a task made possible by his Netflix subscription. Besides movies he enjoys television, reading, writing, video editing, listening to music, and watching Doctor Who.
  • Christophe Murdock

    I’ve always loved Captain Marvel. Even though there are similarities between Superman and Captain Marvel, the fact that he is a child given those powers makes it unique. A very cool story that I would still like to see on the big screen. Gives it an entirely differnet feel than Man of Steel.

    • I agree Christophe. He has similar powers to Superman but the characters are very different. One is an alien and the other a child merged with a God, a very interesting idea. I still remember watching the cartoons as a kid (the Shazam/Isis Saturday morning cartoon)

  • Olaf

    Or instead (if anything it’ll be as well as but still) of a Batman V Superman could they not do a Superman V Captain Marvel film?
    :OOO

    What if Captain Marvel were the villain in the Justice League Movie and then joined them for the next one or something. That’d be kind of cool.
    Also as just an interesting thought another reason they could have dropped is that Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is working and by having a character called Captain Marvel then surely that would confuse non-Comic fans? A Captain MARVEL that has nothing to do with Marvel.

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