Shazam 2 is one of the many DC films that have been shuffled around a lot due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its initially scheduled release date was in 2022, but then the pandemic struck and it was pushed to later in 2022 before being bumped off to 2023 altogether following the severe delays in shooting the film. But given that the film is now scheduled to start filming in May this year, activity around the film’s making is finally kicking into gear as proved by Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ lead star Zachary Levi’s recent workout video where he is busy getting ripped for his role as the superhero.
Zachary Levi’s gym, Flow Supplements, recently took to their social media to share a video featuring the actor hard at work getting in shape for his upcoming role. While neither the actor nor the social media post mentioned that the actor was in the gym to prepare for Shazam 2, given the fact that the shooting for the film commences soon, it’s obvious that the actor is preparing for his role in the film. In the video, we get a small glimpse of Zachary Levi’s tough weight training and how the actor is giving his all to get in shape before filming begins.
Further proof that Shazam! Fury of the Gods is sticking to its current filming schedule is the recent flurry of other activities concerning the new DC movie. Last week, THR reported that Helen Mirren was cast as Shazam 2‘s villain, Hespera, the daughter of the Greek god Atlas. The report also stated that she will play the sister of West Side Story star, Rachel Zegler’s sister, which fuels earlier rumors that Zachary Levi’s Billy will be up against three villainous sisters. If it’s indeed true, then either the third sister has already been cast or there is still an empty spot for another talented actress to join the film. Shazam 2 will also see both the young and older versions of Billy and his foster siblings returning.
Zachary Levi, as Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) adult version, was first introduced in 2019’s Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg. We were introduced to Billy, an orphaned teenager with a good heart who meets the powerful wizard, Shazam. The wizard transfers his powers to Billy, allowing him to turn into a superhero with the typical superpowers. Zachary Levi’s character then shares his supernatural powers with his siblings to beat the Seven Deadly Sins and their leader, Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong). It was one surprising success when it opened in April 2019 and earned over $366 million globally.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the sequel to Shazam!, with Henry Gayden returning to write the film. David F. Sandberg is directing and Peter Safran producing the film. The returning cast for the film includes Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Adam Brody, Michelle Borth, Ross Butler, DJ Cotrona, and Meagan Good. While Helen Mirren and Rachel Zegler will be joining the cast, whether Mark Strong will be reprising his role from the first film is yet to be confirmed. Currently, Shazam 2 is scheduled to release on June 2nd, 2023.