Shazam! The long-awaited sequel to Shazam! (2019) in the DC Extended Universe is called Fury of the Gods. Revolving around foster youngster Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can turn into superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), whenever he says the magic word, the film follows the origin and adventures of Shazam. With the help of his foster siblings-turned-fellow superheroes, Billy fights criminals and learns to love his new family.
Warner Bros. confirmed in 2019 that production had begun on a sequel to the 2016 film Shazam!, which was well-received by critics for being a more fun and lighthearted entry in the DCEU. The filmmaker has revealed that filming has ended for the film as of October 31, 2022, raising the bar for audience anticipation.
When Will Shazam! Fury of the Gods Be Released?
The original December 21st, 2022 release date for Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been pushed back to March 17th, 2023. There was supposed to be a release date of April 1, 2022, for the film. But the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the release date of this sequel twice, first to November 4, 2022, and then to June 2, 2023.
To avoid direct competition with Avatar: The Way of Water, Warner Bros. moved Shazam! Fury of the Gods up to December 16, 2022, and then pushed the film back to December 21, 2022.
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav had this to say about the film before the latest release date shift:
We’ve seen the second installment of The Flash and Shazam! as well as Black Adam. They have piqued our interest greatly. They are real; we’ve seen them. The current iteration is great, but we believe we can improve upon it significantly.
Who’s In the Shazam? Fury of the Gods Cast?
Much of the original cast is from Shazam! returns, including Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Asher Angel (Andi Mack). The voices of Jack Dylan Grazer (It), Faithe Herman (This Is Us), Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat), Jovan Armand (Snowfall), and Grace Caroline Currey (Annabelle: Creation) return as Billy’s foster siblings, while Adam Brody (The O.C.), Meagan Good (Brick), Ross Butler (Raya and the Last Dragon), and D. J. Cotrona (The Flash) provide the voices of their superhero alter ego (G.I. Joe: Retaliation).
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Currey’s superhuman incarnation from the first film, played by Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0), will not be returning for the sequel. Currey instead plays both of these incarnations of her character. Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou are some of the other actors who have reprised their roles from previous films (The Walking Dead).
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New characters played by Helen Mirren (The Queen), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Rachel Zegler are also included in this film (West Side Story).
Who Are the New Characters in Shazam? Fury of the Gods?
There aren’t a tonne of brand-new faces in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, but they’re still interesting enough whole talk about. Here’s what we know about the new cast members from ads and interviews:
In the film, Helen Mirren portrays Hespera, the eldest daughter of the Altas, and a Titan, the all-powerful extraterrestrial being who bestowed Shazam with his superhuman strength. There is no comic book character who is directly comparable to Hespera, but she was modeled after the Hesperides of Greek mythology.
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These supernatural entities are called nymphs, and they are nature spirits that are often depicted in mythology as beautiful women. The Hesperides, daughters of Atlas, are the nymphs of the evening and sunset, and they are notorious for guarding a garden containing a golden apple tree, which they use to either help or manipulate whoever happens upon it. Nonetheless, ShazamHesperide !’s is a far cry from that. The Fury of the Gods is unquestionably evil.
Kalypso, another daughter of Atlas, is portrayed by Lucy Liu. Like her sibling, Kalypso isn’t based on an established DC Comics character, rather she is based on a mythological figure from Greek literature. Homer depicts Calypso, a nymph and the offspring of Atlas, as guardian of the island of Ogygia in The Odyssey.
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Calypso falls in love with Odysseus while he is marooned on Ogygia and keeps him captive for seven years. Later, after Odysseus prays to the gods for assistance, the gods have Calypso release him from her hold. There’s a Shazam! While the first teaser doesn’t show Kalypso entrancing her enemies with song and dance as she did in the Odyssey, she does grow enormous vines in a stadium, so she’s still a villain.
Anthea, the youngest daughter of Atlas, is portrayed by Rachel Zegler. Unlike her sibling, Anthea is not based on a character from DC Comics; she comes straight from Greek mythology. The latter version describes her as a princess from the Greek city of Thespiae, where she and Hercules raised a son.
There’s a Shazam! Anthea is a Titan and the wrath of the gods, yet she is not human. Anthea is seen in the first teaser screaming at the oncoming dragon alongside Freddy Freeman (Jack Grazer), suggesting that she may swap allegiances at some point.
Will There Be a Third Shazam?
There has been no confirmation of a third Shazam! picture, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about where the franchise could go from here.
Black Adam, the Wizard’s previous champion, is portrayed by Dwayne Johnson in a separate film released just before Shazam! The divine wrath. A villain/anti-hero who frequently clashes with Shazam, Black Adam appears in comic books.
The director of both Shazam! films, David F. Sandberg, hinted on Instagram that Black Adam would make an appearance. Perhaps he will make a cameo appearance in the post-credits scene of Shazam! 2 to tease an all-out fight with Shazam in Shazam! 3: Gods Among Us?
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Dr. Sivana, played by Mark Strong, is another option. As a refresher, in the original film’s mid-credits scene, a powerless Sivana is shown in prison and attempting to reenter Shazam’s lair, the Rock of Eternity, when he encounters a talking worm who calls for a partnership. For longtime fans of Shazam!, this talking worm is the telekinetic antagonist Mister Mind.
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Even though Sivana is depicted in numerous comic book stories as the one to bring Black Adam back to life, the character has already been brought back to life in the present day in Black Adam: The Movie. In Shazam! 3, Sivana and Mr. Mind may try to kill Shazam by having Black Adam kill him, but the two champions may band together to defeat the villains. Let’s see what the future holds.
There have been several shifts in the DCEU since James Gunn and Peter Safran was hired as the studio’s new heads, and some fans have been concerned that this could mean a recasting of Shazam or a reboot of the character. Fans can rest assured that Zachary Levi will reprise his role as Star-Lord in the third film, should one be made, as he has already denied that the recasting rumors were true.
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