9 things you should know about Shazam! After
After the first entries into the DC Extended Universe, from Steel man at Batman vs. Superman, have been criticized for being too dark and dreary, David F. Sandberg has come up with the perfect antidote. With a comedic tone that even Marvel would call light-hearted, Shazam! brought Billy Batson’s story to the big screen essentially as Large with super powers.
The refreshing superhero comedy starring Zachary Levi performed well enough at the box office – largely thanks to positive reviews from critics – for the studio to give the green light for a sequel, captioned Fury of the gods. Here’s everything we know so far about the next one Shazam! movie.
9 First film writer, director and producer return
David F. Sandberg joins the ranks of Patty Jenkins and James Wan as the latest DCEU director to sign to direct their own film sequel. Producer Peter Safran and screenwriter Henry Gayden are also returning for the Shazam! after.
Before leading the Shazam! franchise, Sandberg was best known for his work in the horror genre with his directorial debut. Curfew (adapted from his own short film) and Conjuring spin off Annabelle: Creation.
8 Zachary Levi is back
This one should be obvious, but Zachary Levi is confirmed to reprise the title role in the Shazam! after. Asher Angel also reprise his role as Billy Batson, the teenager able to transform into a Levi-sized superhero by uttering the titular word.
Just as Ryan Reynolds’ wacky portrayal of the Merc with a Mouth is the dead Pool The franchise’s biggest asset, Levi’s hilarious performance as a child in a man’s body was Shazam!the greatest asset of.
7 The release date has been delayed twice
For fans who follow the film news, the past year has been quite disappointing, as most of the headlines have revolved around studios delaying their sprawling films to adjust to the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic.
In December 2019, Shazam! 2 was dated April 1, 2022, around the Easter release window where the original film hit. However, when COVID went worldwide it was pushed back to November 4, 2022. Its original release date was taken by The matrix 4. In October 2020, the release was again delayed at its current location.
6 It will be released on June 2, 2023
While the release date is subject to change (as its few previous date changes suggest), Shazam! Fury of the gods is currently set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023, more than four years after the original.
There are a ton of exciting movies coming in 2023: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Star Wars: Thieves Squadron, Dungeons and dragons, Mission: impossible 8, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – the list goes on.
5 YouTuber Rachel Zegler plays ‘mysterious key role’
Actor, singer and YouTuber Rachel Zegler has been cast to play “a mysterious key role” in the Shazam! sequel, though the exact details of her character are shrouded in secrecy. Zegler’s only other credit is the lead role of María in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film. West Side Story remake.
Variety’s Angelique Jackson noted that Zegler is the second Colombian American to be cast in a DCEU movie, following news that Sasha Calle will play Supergirl in the new Sparkle movie.
4 Mark Strong is not returning as Dr Sivana
In the mid-credits scene of the first Shazam! movie, Mark Strong’s villainous Dr. Sivana is visited in prison by a talking caterpillar – later confirmed to be Mister Mind – apparently setting up a team between the two in the upcoming sequel.
However, Strong recently confirmed that his character will not appear in Shazam! 2, which he was surprised to learn when he saw Zachary Levi tweet that filming had started and that he had not received a call. Maybe he’ll be back Shazam! 3 rather.
3 Filming is already underway
Faithe Herman, the talented young star who played Darla Dudley in the first Shazam! film and will reprise his role in Fury of the gods, confirmed earlier this month that filming was about to begin.
Zachary Levi has since celebrated the start of production on social media. Due to all the effects and big sets, it will probably need to be in production for a few months.
2 Helen Mirren was chosen for Hespera
Helen Mirren joined the cast of the Shazam! sequel as the villainous Hespera, a demigod whose DC Comics counterpart was inspired by Greek mythology.
Four-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner Mirren is surprisingly no stranger to action-packed blockbusters. She played a badass in the RED franchise and currently plays Jason Statham’s Frozen Mother in the Fast Furious movies.
1 Lucy Liu was chosen as Kalypso
Helen Mirren’s Hespera won’t be the only villain appearing in Shazam! Fury of the gods. Alongside Mirren, Lucy Liu will play the role of Kalypso. Liu’s character is Mirren’s character’s sister and Atlas’ second daughter.
Since its appearance in the charlie’s angels movies and Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Volume 1, Liu has been one of the world’s most beloved action stars, so this casting is a no-brainer.
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