The Shazam Family Is Bigger and Better Than Ever in the Sequel
Billy Batson is (finally) back, and he's having a bit of a superhero crisis in "Shazam! Fury of the Gods." Warner Bros. premiered the first trailer at Comic-Con in July, putting an end to the long wait for more Shazam fun after the first film premiered in 2019 — though as of Aug. 24, the release date has been pushed back yet again. The sequel appears to be every bit as lighthearted and full of laughs as the original, but the stakes are higher this time around as Billy and his newly superpowered family take on their biggest threat yet, so it looks like it'll be worth the wait.
While DC is keeping mum on the movie's exact plot for now, the trailer suggests that Billy and his family have angered the old gods. This leads new cast members Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren, who are playing the Daughters of Atlas, to wreak havoc on Earth in retaliation for a group of children stealing powers from ancient gods. "This is very personal, Billy," Mirren tells Zachary Levi's Shazam in a scene where he hilariously references the Fast and Furious movies, which also star "The Queen" actor.
Despite the very real threat Billy and his siblings are facing this time around, the sequel appears to be just as cheeky as the original. In addition to the Fast and Furious Easter egg, eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot horror-movie favorite Annabelle in Billy's pediatrician's office. Add in a battle with a dragon and a dash of unicorn riding and it becomes clear that "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" wants nothing more than for moviegoers to have a good time.
Ahead, we've broken down everything we know about "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" so far, including the trailer, plot details, the cast, and release date.
— Additional reporting by Sabienna Bowman.
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"Shazam! Fury of the Gods" Plot
Not much is known about the plot of "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" outside of the fact that Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu have been cast in the villainous roles of the Daughters of Atlas. It also seems like there will be more Shazam Family team-ups, after the first film mostly focused on Billy learning how to use his powers. Early in the trailer, Billy complains that he's the only one holding the team together, so expect the movie to focus at least in part on the family learning how to work as a team.
Additionally, "Shazam!" director David F. Sandberg is helming the sequel — which could explain the Annabelle cameo since he also directed "Annabelle: Creation."
"Shazam! Fury of the Gods" Cast
Reprising their roles from the first film are Zachary Levi as Shazam; Asher Angel as Billy Batson; Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman; Adam Brody as Shazam Family Freddy; Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley; Meagan Good as Shazam Family Darla; Ian Chen as Eugene Choi; Ross Butler as Shazam Family Eugene; Jovan Armand as Pedro Pena; D.J. Cotrona as Shazam Family Pedro; Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez; Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez; and Grace Fulton pulling double duty as Mary Bromfield and her Shazam Family counterpart. Djimon Hounsou is also back as the Wizard.
New faces to the franchise include Liu as Kalypso, Mirren as Hespera, and "West Side Story" actor Rachel Zegler in an undisclosed role.
"Shazam! Fury of the Gods" Release Date
Originally scheduled to be released on April 1, 2022, Warner Bros. later announced that production for the film was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" was set to premiere in theaters on Dec. 21, but in August, per Deadline, the release date was moved again to March 17, 2023.