The 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show is less than a month away. But, just when the anticipation was reaching great heights among fans, Pepsi did the unimaginable and released a killer trailer that has blown the internet away.
Pepsi Releases Trailer Titled ‘The Call’
On Thursday, Pepsi broke the internet when they released a 3-minute-48-second trailer on its social media platforms. The trailer, which is titled “The Call,” was directed by filmmaker F. Gary Gray and featured the historic lineup of the upcoming show ― Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
The trailer featured a musical compilation of all the artists’ most iconic hits and was scored by Adam Blackstone. It features a chess theme and begins with a hand moving a queen piece before the scene shows Eminem.
The iconic rapper was seen in a lab, moving screens around, and standing opposite him was his alter ego, Slim Shady, making a similar move. The pair competed, with Eminem’s hit song, “Rap God,” playing in the background until he received a call and hopped on a plane, causing Slim Shady to disappear.
Next in line was Snoop Dogg with his hit song “The Next Episode,” playing while he drove on the highway. Snoop was bopping to his hit when he also received a call and had to change his direction.
The Queen of the lineup Mary J. Blige then makes an entrance dressed in a glamorous blue fur coat paired with skinny jeans and a white tank top as she walks a red carpet. “Family Affair” played in the background as she entered a car before receiving a call of hers.
Fans Get Goosebumps For Super Bowl Halftime Trailer
The trailer soon switches to show Kendrick Lamar writing rhymes in a room while his hit song, “Humble,” played. Then, he, too, gets a call and zooms off in a motorbike. Last on the lineup is the leader of the pack, Dr. Dre.
He is seen walking on a beach as “Still D.R.E” plays. We soon see the gang meet up and walk to the newly built Sofi Stadium in Inglewood while “California Love” plays, letting fans know it’s going to be a historical show.
43 Grammys, 19 No. 1 Billboard albums, 5 epic hitmakers and 1 stage for the #SBLVI #PepsiHalftime show. 🎤🤘@nfl @rocnation @nbcsports @drdre @eminem @snoopdogg @maryjblige @kendricklamar pic.twitter.com/C3bh8TdX3a
— Pepsi (@pepsi) September 30, 2021
Fans indeed received the message, and the trailer has since received over 729,000 views on YouTube, while on Twitter, it has amassed more than 16,000 likes. Netizens have been swept off their feet with the teaser and have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts.
— Freya morgan (@Freyamorgan18) January 20, 2022
One netizen gushed, “I think they did too good of a job on this Superbowl preview, it’s gonna be hard to live up to this kinda hype,” while another noted, “Whoa… that’s gonna be one amazing halftime show!!!”
The Super Bowl Was Expected To Be Postponed
— Ol’ (@olslowboy) January 20, 2022
Earlier this year, The Blast reported that the Super Bowl Halftime was facing speculations of a postponement due to COVID-19 related issues. It was rumored that the show would be moved to Dallas from Los Angeles, with the WFAA proposing AT&T Stadium as the new location.
While it seems inevitable that the show would hold, if it had been canceled or postponed, it would have resulted in Dr. Dre suffering significant financial loss. This is because the legendary producer was responsible for footing the majority of the cost for the performances.
Although he had insurance and would get paid if anything drastic happened. Unfortunately, his insurance didn’t cover a Communicable Disease Exemption under which COVID-19 falls.
Luckily, the WFAA still stands by February 13 as the date of the show, and nothing has changed. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said,
We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13. As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances.