In 2019, DC delighted audiences with the release of the first contemporary movie starring Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, as part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). This film centers around Billy Batson, portrayed by former Disney star Asher Angel, who gains the remarkable ability to transform into a superhero by uttering the word “shazam,” thanks to an ancient wizard’s selection of him as his champion. The journey to bring this installment to the big screen had been in the works since the early 2000s, enduring numerous delays, setbacks, and cast changes before finally going into production. Shazam! proved to be a resounding success upon its release, captivating audiences and receiving glowing reviews from critics. Consequently, it didn’t take long for a sequel to be greenlit.
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Originally slated for an April 2022 release, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, like many other films scheduled for 2021 or 2022, faced delays due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, now the highly anticipated sequel is steadily approaching its new release date, and we’re here to provide you with all the details on how to catch the next chapter of Billy Batson’s thrilling adventures.
Is Shazam! Fury of the Gods Still in Theaters?
No, Shazam! Fury of The Gods graced the big screens exclusively, making its theatrical debut on March 17, 2023. However, its cinematic run has come to an end. Initially, moviegoers anticipated its release on April 1, 2021, only for it to be rescheduled to November 4, 2021. But alas, due to the relentless challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the release date was once again moved, this time to March 17, 2023. While there were some additional delays along the way, it appears that this final date indeed became the definitive one.
Watch the Trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The initial trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods provides a glimpse of Billy, portrayed by Zachary Levi, grappling with imposter syndrome while recounting his challenges to his pediatrician. In this sneak peek, we also catch our first glimpse of Dame Helen Mirren in her role as Hespera, one of the formidable daughters of Atlas, who promises to be a formidable antagonist for this sequel. Adding a touch of fun for horror enthusiasts, the trailer includes an Easter egg: an Annabelle doll sitting in the pediatrician’s office, a nod to director David F. Sandberg’s involvement with the Annabelle prequel, Annabelle: Creation.
Is Shazam! Fury of the Gods Available on VOD?
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now accessible for purchase on various platforms, including Prime Video, VUDU, iTunes, and Google Play. As the world gradually returns to cinemas and moviegoers embrace the theatrical experience once more, the practice of simultaneous streaming and theater releases is becoming less frequent. For those interested, you can acquire the Shazam! sequel digitally for a price of $19.99.
Will There Be a Shazam 3?
After the recent restructuring at DC Studios, which brought about significant changes under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, many have been left wondering about the fate of the original cast in upcoming sequels and beyond. These changes included the cancellation of various projects, such as Wonder Woman 3, and the unexpected announcement of a Superman recast following Henry Cavill’s departure. While there haven’t been official confirmations about future solo Shazam projects beyond Fury of the Gods, Zachary Levi himself appears to have reassured fans on Twitter. He stated, ‘Oooh, I really wouldn’t go believing everything you see on the internet. I’m Gucci, Ash. We all Gucci.’
Who’s In the Shazam! Fury of the Gods Cast?
The cast of Fury of the Gods is quite extensive, given the unique setup of Billy and his foster siblings being portrayed by two different actors each – one for their regular form and another for their superhero alter ego. Here’s a rundown of the talented cast members who bring the Shazam super-family to life: Asher Angel and Zachary Levi play Billy Batson and Shazam, respectively. Jack Dylan Grazer portrays Freddy, with Adam Brody taking on his superhero persona. Jovan Armand is Pedro, and D.J. Cotrona steps into his superhero shoes. Grace Fulton tackles the role of Mary, while also portraying her superhero counterpart. Faithe Herman plays Darla, and Meagan Good embodies her superhero self. Ian Chen is Eugene, and Ross Butler transforms into his superhero alter ego.
In addition to the super-family, Fury of the Gods boasts an impressive lineup of stars. Dame Helen Mirren takes on the role of Hespera, while Lucy Liu portrays Kalypso. Rachel Zegler brings Anthea to life, one of the Daughters of Atlas and a key antagonist in the film. Returning to the fold are Marta Milans and Cooper Vasques as Billy’s foster parents, and Djimon Hounsou reprises his role as the ancient wizard Shazam.