Some of you DC fans out there may be wondering where in the hell your Shazam movie is. Or maybe not… I’m sure someone in the Internetz is upset that this hero hasn’t gotten his chance to shine. Either way, there were some plans, way back in the day, for a Shazam big screen adaptation. And, as it turns out, it was Superman that pummeled those plans into the ground.
As if Man of Steel needs any more hate, Peter Segal (the guy that wanted to get Shazam some screen time) is now pointing his finger at the Superman reboot for the death of the Shazam flick. Why is that? Well, I guess they’re a bit too similar in what they can do and the DC powers-that-be have plenty of other, less Superman-y characters to work with. So tough luck, Shazam.
Or, to put it in Segal’s own words (via an interview with Coming Soon):
The thing is, Shazam has always lived this tortured life going against Superman. This dates back to the 1930s. Because Captain Marvel had similar powers to Superman, the DC folks back then sued what was the most popular comic book on the stands at that time. Years later, they bought it and it became a DC property but, as long as Superman stays hot in the market place, there seems like a little bit of a crossover between the two characters.
After Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, it seemed like there was a moment in time where Shazam was going to see the light of day. That’s when you heard those stories. Now that Superman is being invigorated and going up against Batman, I think it’s difficult for DC to figure out how to launch this character in the wake of Superman’s resurgence.
Makes sense. After all, they haven’t even gotten around to putting Wonder Woman on the big screen quite yet. And where’s my damn Aquaman movie? There shall be no Shazam until they clear out the rest of the stable.
What do the Nerd Readers think? Should Shazam get his own movie? Is it just redundant at this point? Would we even want to watch a Shazam movie directed by Segal?
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.