Why Warner Bros Removes Black Adam Trailer Scene Removed After Angry Snyder Fan Complaints
It won’t take long for the DCEU’s hierarchy to change with the release of Black Adam. Dwayne Johnson has championed the film through hellish years of development and his antagonistic origin story will finally hit screens in October.
While the return of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller added Black Adam to the wider DCEU, it was a new trailer for the film that really confirmed its place within the franchise. The Rock posted the latest trailer to their social media accounts, showing footage of characters from previous DCEU films, including Superman, Batman, and Harley Quinn.
However, the appearance of Justice League in the trailer did not create a stir online, instead footage from the Justice League film itself was used.
Warner Bros. Post “Perfect” Black Adam Trailer
In the new Black Adam trailer released online, the video featured an explosion in the nearly six-second scene that was featured in 2017’s Justice League.
This caused a massive backlash as fans were unhappy that Black Adam used footage from Joss Whedon’s Justice League instead of a re-cut of Zack Snyder’s 2021 film, specifically one of Steppenwolf in the fight. shot.
The trailer was quickly removed and replaced with a new version, which Dwayne Johnson re-posted on his social accounts with the title “Corrected”.
In the new cut of the trailer, the Justice League stepwolf scene has been replaced with another DCEU battle shot
The trailer can be seen below:
Using footage from Justice League in Black Adam was a bold move by Warner Bros., for a few reasons.
Joss Whedon’s Justice League has been a major source of controversy since its release in 2017, when several of the film’s stars, including Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot, came forward with complaints of abuse from the director. Warner Media launched an investigation into the allegations and claimed to have taken “remedial action”.
There is an ongoing debate as well as the controversy over whether the Justice League film is considered canon in the DCEU. Whedon took over Justice League from the film’s original director, Zack Snyder, who stepped down after his daughter passed away. After a few years and a lengthy fan campaign, Snyder was given the chance to finish his version of the film, which resulted in the 2021 release of the four-hour Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
It’s rare that two different cuts of the same film are ever released widely, so Warner Bros. finds itself in a unique position here. Following the Warner Media and Discovery merger, it was reported that the continuation of the DCEU was in defiance of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, leading to anger from Snyder verse fans.
The corrected version of the Black Adam trailer appears to be avoiding this issue by eliminating the use of Justice League footage entirely. It remains to be seen whether any reference to Justice League is made elsewhere in Dwayne Johnson’s new film.
Black Adam is releasing in theaters on October 21.