The latest Shazam! Fury of the Gods TV spot spoils a funny cameo we heard about a year ago, which proves Warner Bros. either doesn’t care about the movie or really wants people to go see it in the face of grim box office projections for the opening weekend. Whatever the case, the director is dismayed.
[Editor’s Note: From her on out, there will be spoilers for Shazam! Fury of the Gods.]
Director David Sandberg is telling people to avoid the Internet and TV until the movie had already opened, if possible, so they keep from catching the new spoiler.
“Well there’s some big Shazam spoilers out there now. If you want to go in fresh maybe don’t be online or watch TV with ads,” he tweeted. “Pretty good advice in general actually.”
Shazam! Fury of the Gods does indeed feature a cameo by Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman — who makes an appearance at the very end of the film and plays a pivotal role — borrowing a heavy dose from Batman v Superman’s climax.
As per the official TV spot posted by FilmSpot, well over a week ago, Billy, in his Shazam form, takes the opportunity to giddily flirt with Wonder Woman using a “call me” gesture. She walks away and tells him to “Stick to saving the world, kid.”
The sudden revelation of this moment caught a few Twitter users off guard although one still plans on seeing the movie, which surprisingly seems to work for Sandberg.
Others alleged he didn’t sound happy but the filmmaker was quick to refute the claim. “I’m happy if it convinces people to see the movie. But it’s of course less ideal for people who were going to see it anyway if they happen to see spoilers,” he tweeted back.
Sandberg later noted he has a say in trailers but not ads. “I don’t approve ads (they make a lot of them). I do get a say in trailers though,” he admitted when a user put his credibility into question regarding spoilers making their way into official TV spots.
The future of Shazam in the DCU could be dictated by the success of the film that came out on the 17th. In that regard, Sandberg really wants/needs people to see it and, however many fans and casual moviegoers are more motivated to go to the theater by seeing Gadot, the ad may prove vital. Every little bit helps.