The Zachary Levi-starring Shazam! was a breath of fresh air for the beleaguered DC Extended Universe in 2019. After the increasingly dour and monochrome Zack Snyder-led movies like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, things had come to a dire head with the disastrous release of Justice League. However, the positive reviews of Wonder Woman, the immense box office of Aquaman, and finally, the colorful optimism of Shazam managed to finally charm audiences. The recently released trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods seems calibrated for the same result and it looks like it has a good shot at it. Take a first look at Shazam! Fury of the Gods:
From the looks of the trailer, Shazam! Fury of the Gods starts with Zachary Levi in a real funk. The trailer begins with Billy Batson (Asher Angel) in his super-powered adult form, bemoaning the fact that he does not seem to be adding much of significance to the world of superheroes. As he puts it, there is already a guy in a red costume with a thunderbolt (queue up a shot of Ezra Miller’s Flash), Aquaman is even more jacked and manly than him (insert shot of Jason Momoa looking fine), and Batman is just cool (even if we get a glimpse at the Ben Affleck version). Even though we see Shazam flying through the skyscrapers of Philadelphia in Fury of the Gods, it seems like the magical powers bestowed upon Billy Batson by the Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) do not seem to be making him very happy.
All of this is narrated by Zachary Levi in what seems like a therapy session, which actually turns out to be an appointment with a very out of his depth pediatrician. That kind of goofy humor has quickly become the Shazam trademark, and it looks like Fury of the Gods is not going to shift gears. We also see quite a lot of lead antagonist Helen Mirren, who along with Lucy Liu and Rachel Zengler, are the three daughters of Atlas, come to reclaim their powers. Despite his apparent death in the first movie, Djimon Hounsou appears to have a more active role in the new Shazam movie and probably will have some thoughts on the gods themselves (as well as looking significantly de-aged).
The trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods also includes a lot of Billy Batson’s adopted family. At the end of the first movie, his siblings were empowered with some of Shazam’s powers and it looks like the movie will build to a full-on battle between the Shazam family and the three divine sisters who bring the fury of the gods down on them. It will be interesting to see if Shazam! Fury of the Gods has any overt connections to the Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam, which will premiere a few months before it and has a direct connection to the same mystical power source. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 21.