Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Shazam. Produced by New Line Cinema, DC Films, The Safran Company, and Mad Ghost Productions, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to Shazam! (2019) and the fourteenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, and stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, and Lucy Liu.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods
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Directed byDavid F. Sandberg
Written byHenry Gayden
Based onCharacters
from DC Comics
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyGyula Pados
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 2, 2023 (2023-06-02)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

A sequel to Shazam! began development shortly after that film's release in April 2019, with Gayden returning as writer. Sandberg and Levi were also set to return by that December. The title and rest of the returning cast were confirmed in August 2020, with Zegler, Mirren, and Liu cast as the daughters of Atlas in early 2021. Filming began that May in Atlanta, Georgia and wrapped in August.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 2, 2023.

CastEdit

Billy's foster family also includes Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Billy's good-natured younger foster sister with Meagan Good as her adult superhero form;[2] Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Billy's mature, academically-driven older foster sister (Fulton also portrays Mary's adult superhero form);[8][9] Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Billy's younger foster brother and an obsessive gamer with Ross Butler as his adult superhero form;[8] Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Billy's older foster brother and a shy, sensitive boy with D. J. Cotrona as his adult superhero form;[8] Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez, the foster mother of Billy and his siblings;[10] and Cooper Andrews as Víctor Vásquez, Billy and his siblings' foster father.[11]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

With the successful opening of Shazam! in April 2019, Henry Gayden was revealed to be returning to write the script for a sequel. Director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran were also expected to return.[12] Later that month, Michelle Borth, who portrayed the adult superhero form of Mary Bromfield in the first film, said she signed a five-picture deal for the role and was expected to return for at least one sequel.[13] Zachary Levi confirmed in June that he was returning to star as Shazam in the sequel, and revealed that writing had begun ahead of a planned filming start in mid-2020.[14] Sandberg and much of the first film's crew were confirmed to return in December 2019, when New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures scheduled the sequel for release on April 1, 2022.[1] This was delayed in April 2020 to November 4, 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] In June 2020, Marta Milans confirmed that she would reprise her role as foster mother Rosa Vásquez from the first film, and revealed that filming had been delayed by the pandemic.[10]

Pre-productionEdit

The film's title was revealed to be Shazam! Fury of the Gods during the virtual DC FanDome event in August 2020, with returning cast members confirmed including Asher Angel as teenager Billy Batson and Levi as his adult superhero counterpart, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick "Freddy" Freeman and Adam Brody as his adult counterpart, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley and Meagan Good as her adult counterpart, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield and Borth as her adult counterpart, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi and Ross Butler as his adult counterpart, and Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña with D. J. Cotrona as his adult counterpart.[2][8] The next month, Levi said filming would begin in early 2021.[8]

The film's release was delayed again in October, to June 2, 2023.[16] The following month, Mark Strong said he was waiting to hear if he would be returning as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in the sequel.[17] In January 2021, Good said filming would begin that May,[18] and Rachel Zegler was cast in an undisclosed "key role" the next month. Geoff Johns was revealed to be producing the film through his company Mad Ghost Productions alongside Safran with his company The Safran Company.[4] In March, Helen Mirren was cast as Hespera, a daughter of Atlas, with Zegler reported to be playing Hespera's sister.[5][6] Lucy Liu was cast as Kalypso, another daughter of Atlas, the next month.[7] In May, Strong stated that he would not be appearing in the sequel,[19] and Cooper Andrews was confirmed to reprise his role as foster father Víctor Vásquez from the first film.[11]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began on May 26, 2021,[18][20] in Atlanta, Georgia,[21] with Gyula Pados serving as cinematographer.[22] Production on the film was delayed from an initial mid-2020 start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14][15] In June, Sandberg revealed that Fulton was also portraying the adult superhero form of Mary in the film, replacing Borth, with Fulton's hair and makeup adjusted for the superhero version.[9] A month later, set photos revealed that Djimon Hounsou would be reprising his role as the wizard Shazam.[3] Filming concluded on August 31, 2021.[23]

MarketingEdit

Sandberg promoted the sequel during a virtual panel at the August 2020 DC FanDome event, announcing the film's title and returning cast.[2] In June 2021, after a week of filming, Sandberg released a short clip featuring Levi in his new costume for the film; this came after several set photos of the costume were leaked during that week.[24] To get ahead of further costume leaks, Sandberg released an image of Levi, Brody, Good, Fulton, Butler, and Cotrona in their new superhero costumes for the film at the end of the month.[25] Behind-the-scenes footage and concept art from the film was revealed during the 2021 DC FanDome event in October, with io9's Rob Bricken and Collider's Gregory Lawrence both expressing excitement at the new cast members, characters, locations, and mythology revealed in the footage.[26][27]

ReleaseEdit

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on June 2, 2023.[16] It was originally set for release on April 1, 2022,[1] before it was delayed to November 4, 2022,[15] and later to the June 2023 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

ReferencesEdit

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