Shazam! 2 Fury Of The Gods: The Sequel’s Release Date Moves Up

By Rick Gonzales

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DC’s Shazam! was a critical hit in 2018, though it didn’t rake in the big bucks as hoped, pulling in close to $370 million world-wide. That mark ranks Shazam! as the lowest box office number for DC superheroes. But despite this, plans were always in motion for a sequel, box-office be damned. Okay, perhaps if the box office truly tanked Warner Brothers could have had second thoughts, but the numbers were respectful enough for them to move forward with Shazam! 2.

SHAZAM 2 RELEASE DATE MOVED UP

Zachary Levi

In March 2022, while DC movie fans were delivered a whole bunch of bad news, Shazam! 2 Fury of the Gods was one of the few slivers of good news. As reported by Deadline, Warner Bros. announced the release dates for many of its high profile 2022 films had been pushed back. The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom were both delayed to 2023. The release of Black Adam was pushed back from July 2022 to October, and DC League of Super-Pets was delayed from May 2022 to July.

In the meantime, Shazam! 2 Fury of the Gods was pulled forward from its release date of June 2, 2023, to December 16, 2022. While the studio gave no official reason for the changes, Deadline says unnamed sources have reported that the delays are Covid-related. The outlet also says that filming has wrapped on Shazam! 2, which is why Warner Bros. is moving it up to the “Christmas corridor,” hoping to make up the money they were previously hoping to make on Aquaman 2, which previously held that date.

THE SHAZAM 2 TRAILER

Our first ever look at Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods came during DC Fandome, when they revealed finished footage from the movie. Here it is…

THE TITLE

Shazam! 2 has a title and it isn’t Shazam! 2. They’re officially calling it Shazam! Fury Of The Gods. Here it is on the movie’s first poster…

The title was first announced by the movie’s director in this tweet…

Before unveiling that official title for Shazam! 2, the movie’s director briefly posted this joke title..

The Coronavirus has massively delayed the movie and the title is the Shazam! 2 crew taking potshots at themselves for how long this is taking to get done.

SHAZAM 2 RETURNING CAST

One person we know is without a doubt returning in Shazam! 2 is the hero himself, Zachary Levi. His joy around the first movie has carried into thoughts of the sequel and what it means to him to be able to bring a second Shazam! to fans. As he explained to Entertainment Tonight, Zachary Levi’s goal is to simply bring “joy” to audiences around the world. He says, “I think one of the coolest things about the movie Shazam!… it brought people joy. It legitimately brought people joy. If that’s all I ever do in this world, I will be so grateful and so stoked.”

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Asher Angel will also be back as Billy Batson in Shazam! 2. Also expect the rest of Billy’s foster family to return in some capacity. They include Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, and Ian Chen as Eugene Choi.

If you recall, Billy’s foster family also has their superhero alter-egos. Expect them to be part of Shazam! 2 too. They are Adam Brody (Freddy), Meagan Good (Darla), Ross Butler (Eugene), Michelle Borth (Mary), and DJ Cotrona (Pedro). In fact, Borth told Parade that they signed a five-picture deal and to expect more of her teenage version. “If we do do the sequel, you’re going to see more of the teenage part of her that we don’t really see in the first one,” she said.

Of course, while everyone expected to see Michelle Borth take up her role as Mary in Shazam! 2, including the actress herself based on what she said in the interview from Parade above, that’s apparently not happening. The film’s marketing team decided to share the below photo of the cast.

This photo should have Michelle Borth as Mary, but instead, it has Grace Fulton. What gives? Apparently, Grace Fulton will be taking on both the adult and teen versions of Mary in Shazam! 2. Director David F. Sandberg confirmed this via Twitter.

However, no one has said why Michelle Borth was replaced. The actress clearly expected to be in Shazam! 2 and so did the fans. It has seemed highly suspicious that the studio hasn’t addressed why, and many have come to believe cancel culture is to blame.

As for the bad guys in the cast, for the moment all we know is that Mark Strong will be back as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

What is unclear would be the return of Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard Shazam since he disintegrated after he gave Billy his powers.

BEHIND THE CAMERA

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The successful production of the first Shazam! has allowed the main behind the scenes players to return. Henry Gayden is returning to write the film and Peter Safran will be back to produce.

This also means that David F. Sandberg is back in the director’s chair for Shazam! 2. He confirmed that not only is he directing the movie but that he’ll be getting to work on it soon while answering fan questions on Twitter. There Sandberg revealed: “Shazam 2 is the next thing I’m directing (pending the continued existence of the world).”

All good news, so expect the sequel to keep its tone light and humor continuing.

WHICH VILLAINS WILL APPEAR IN SHAZAM! 2?

The big addition though, is Helen Mirren as Hespera. She’s a central villain in the movie and she looks awesome.

At Hespera’s side will be Lucy Liu as the villain Kalypso…

As previously mentioned, Strong’s Dr. Sivana will likely return. If you recall though, in the mid-credit scene of Shazam!, Dr. Sivana was paid a visit by Mister Mind, so expect the two to be working together in the sequel. It is also unclear whether the supernatural team of villains, The Seven Deadly Sins, will somehow make an appearance.

WHAT ABOUT BLACK ADAM?

Black Adam

The question fans want to be answered is: Will Black Adam be part of Shazam! 2? We already know Black Adam, who will be played by Dwayne Johnson, is gearing up for his stand-alone movie.

The filmmakers are being annoyingly coy about Black Adam’s presence in the sequel though Levi doesn’t think Black Adam will have a presence in Shazam! 2. “I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam! because the idea is that they want to go and do a standalone Black Adam movie first,” he explained at the CCXP Cologne Convention (via ScreenRant). So look for Black Adam and Shazam (they aren’t calling him Captain Marvel anymore) to cross paths in a third Shazam! movie because yes, that is also planned.

SUPERMAN FOR SHAZAM 2?

Superman in Shazam sequel

No word yet if Superman will make another appearance in Shazam! 2. Plans for the first movie were to show more than just Superman from the shoulders down but Henry Cavill was unavailable at the time of shooting.

Now though, Warner Bros. has closed a deal with Henry Cavill to appear as Superman in cameo roles for some of their other movies. It is thought that deal likely includes some sort of appearance in Shazam! 2.

THE PLOT OF SHAZAM! 2

Shazam 2 cast

Not much is known at this time about a possible plot of Shazam! 2, other than speculation. We do know the bad guy team of Dr. Sivana and Mister Mind will play a big part in the sequel, but other than that, what’s in store for Billy and his hero alter-ego is unknown.

RELEASE DATE FOR SHAZAM! 2

Shazam 2

We do have a release date for Shazam! 2, even though the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it out a little further than fans were hoping for. New Line Cinema announced in December 2019 that the sequel will be released on April 1, 2022. This date was moved to November 4, 2022, then pushed back to June 2, 2023.

However, for once the release window for Shazam! 2 Fury Of The Gods finally got some good news. In March 2022, the release date was moved up to December 16, 2022.