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Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Shazam! Fury of the Gods logo.jpeg
Official logo
Directed byDavid F. Sandberg
Written by
  • Henry Gayden
  • Chris Morgan
Based onCharacters
from DC
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyGyula Pados
Music byChristophe Beck
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 21, 2022 (2022-12-21)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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 twelfth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan. The film will star Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, and Lucy Liu.

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 concluded in August.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 21, 2022.

Cast

  • Zachary Levi as Shazam:
    The champion of the wizard Shazam and the superhero alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson, who possesses "the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury".[1]
    • Asher Angel as Billy Batson: A teenager and foster child who transforms into a superhero by saying "Shazam!".[2]
  • Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick "Freddy" Freeman: Billy's physically disabled foster brother and a fan of superheroes. Adam Brody plays the character's adult superhero form.[2]
  • Djimon Hounsou as Shazam: An ancient wizard who gave Billy his powers after naming him as champion.[3]
  • Rachel Zegler[4][5]
  • Helen Mirren as Hespera: A daughter of Atlas.[6]
  • Lucy Liu as Kalypso: A daughter of Atlas.[7]

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] and Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews as Rosa and Victor Vásquez, the foster parents of Billy and his siblings.[10][11]

Production

Development

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]

Pre-production

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] 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 producing the film through his company Mad Ghost Productions, alongside Safran with his company The Safran Company.[4] Chris Morgan contributed to the film's script.[19] 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] Strong said in May that he would not appear in the sequel,[20] and Cooper Andrews was confirmed to reprise his role as foster father Víctor Vásquez from the first film.[11]

Filming

Principal photography began on May 26, 2021,[18][21] in Atlanta, Georgia,[22] with Gyula Pados serving as cinematographer.[23] 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.[24]

Post-production

In March 2022, Warner Bros. adjusted its release schedule due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the workload of visual effects vendors. The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom were moved from 2022 to 2023 to allow time for their visual effects work to be completed, while Shazam! Fury of the Gods was moved up to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom's previous release date of December 16, 2022, because it would be ready for release earlier.[25] In April, the film's release date was pushed back five days to December 21 to avoid competition with Avatar: The Way of Water.[26]

Music

By June 2022, Christophe Beck was set to compose the score for the film, replacing Benjamin Wallfisch due to scheduling conflicts.[27]

Marketing

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30][31] Levi, Angel, Grazer, and Mirren promoted the film at Warner Bros.' CinemaCon panel in April 2022, revealing new footage from the film.[32]

Release

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on December 21, 2022.[26] It was originally set for release on April 1, 2022,[1] before it was delayed to November 4, 2022,[15] and then to June 2, 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] It was then moved up to December 16, 2022, since it was ready for release sooner than other DC films delayed by the pandemic. That date was previously given to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.[25] The release date was pushed back five days to December 21 in April 2022.[26] The film will be available to stream on HBO Max 45 days after its theatrical release.[33]

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