For many people, the Super Bowl means one thing: the ads. And fitted amongst the air time devoted to the normal, ever-more-cringy celebrity crossovers promoting the biggest brands were new trailers for some of Hollywood’s most-anticipated movies set to be released this year. Well, all but one.
During Super Bowl LVII, Disney fans were treated to a tear-jerking tribute ad celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary and new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. But it appears that the latest trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was also supposed to drop.
According to Good Morning America’s round-up report on Super Bowl LVII’s movie trailers, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Little Mermaid all dropped highly-anticipated movie trailers during Sunday’s Super Bowl.” That article has since been updated, and the tweet screenshot below has been taken down. Knowing ABC’s situation as a Disney-owned news network opens up the possibility of preemptive content scheduling suddenly turning into misinformed typos.
Featuring a stacked cast that includes Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, and new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana, Encanto), Disney’s The Little Mermaid is set for a theatrical release in mere months. Fans “starving” for another look “Under the Sea” tuned in only to emerge disappointed.
it’s black history month and they really chose not to release the little mermaid trailer durning the super bowl… pic.twitter.com/exRvQYYULM
— angela 🤍 (@astrolst) February 12, 2023
Related: A Brand-New Ariel Is Coming to Walt Disney World!
We get Melissa McCarthy singing in a commercial and it’s not for THE LITTLE MERMAID… #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/iVQUo9vN0G
— Zoë Rose Bryant (@ZoeRoseBryant) February 13, 2023
While there is still no word from Disney, an alleged confirmation of the drop began to spread unofficially across Twitter before the big game even started. Many fans began spreading the rumor shown in the Tweet below that it was due to bad press related to ongoing drama between Halle Bailey and her current boyfriend, DDG, that included allegations of cheating from her older sister Sky.
WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET THE LITTLE MERMAID TRAILER AT THE SUPER BOWL BUT IT GOT PUSHED BACK BC OF THE BAD PRESS FROM DDG, HALLE & RUBI DRAMA pic.twitter.com/VAbMo3Ll1G
— welp. (@YSLONIKA) February 12, 2023
Regardless of the reason, if there was any, there is no reason to suspect Disney’s latest remake is anything but on track for its release. Halle Bailey’s Ariel was still featured prominently in the Disney100 ad, and The Little Mermaid is still slated to debut on May 26, 2023.
The last trailer was released in September 2022 and can be viewed below: