Things may finally be settling down in the DC movie-verse under new DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran, but the next new DC film was put together before they took over: Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the sequel to one of the DCEU’s better movies.

Fury of the Gods is in a bit of an awkward spot, arriving after months of drama about Henry Cavill’s status as Superman (he no longer has any) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s reported failed attempt to turn Black Adam into a centerpiece of the DCEU. Both of those stories affect Shazam!–Black Adam is, quite literally, a Shazam! character, and Superman–to whom Shazam has a similar level of power–was mentioned over and over again in the first Shazam! flick before making a brief, head-out-of-frame cameo at the end.

As it is, Shazam! Fury of the Gods exists in a sort of limbo. The film certainly wasn’t built as part of Gunn’s and Safran’s vision for the franchise, since it was filmed well before they took charge. And whatever big picture plan the DCEU had when the movie was shot no longer exists with Gunn and Safran taking over.

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