Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the long-awaited sequel to the 2019 DCEU film Shazam! This film once again revolves around foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who gains the ability to transform into a superhero, played by Zachary Levi, every time he says the word Shazam. With the help of his foster siblings-turned-fellow superheroes, Billy fights crime and learns to love his new family.
The first Shazam! received plenty of critical praise for being more fun and lighthearted than the previous DCEU entries, so it’s no surprise Warner Bros. announced in 2019 that a sequel was in the works. Therefore, we’ve created a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide that explains everything you need to know about Shazam! Fury of the Gods, including when it’s being released, who’s in the cast, and if another Shazam! movie will come out after this.
When Will Shazam! Fury of the Gods Be Released?
Shazam! Fury of the Gods was set to be released in theaters on December 21, 2022, but has since been postponed to March 17, 2023. The film was originally supposed to come out on April 1, 2022. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused this sequel to be delayed to November 4, 2022, and then to June 2, 2023. Fortunately, Warner Bros. moved Shazam! Fury of the Gods up to December 16, 2022, before pushing the movie back to December 21 of the same year, so it wouldn’t compete with Avatar: The Way of Water.
Ahead of the latest date change, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav had this to say about the movie:
“We have seen The Flash, Black Adam and Shazam 2. We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.”
This could mean that the latest delay is to accommodate further edits and reshoots but that hasn’t been confirmed officially. Hopefully, there won’t be any more big changes to the movie’s release schedule.
Watch the Shazam! Fury of the Gods Trailer
The first trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods was unveiled at 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and to the public on July 23 of that year. Set to an epic version of Eminem’s “Business,” this preview features the same whimsical tone as the first film while also highlighting new threats, which just so happen to include a dragon.
Who’s in the Shazam! Fury of the Gods Cast?
In addition to Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Asher Angel (Andi Mack), much of the cast from the first Shazam! returns for the sequel. Billy’s foster siblings are once again played by Jack Dylan Grazer (It), Faithe Herman (This Is Us), Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat), Jovan Armand (Snowfall), and Grace Caroline Currey (Annabelle: Creation), while the superhero versions of these first four characters are played by Adam Brody (The O.C.), Meagan Good (Brick), Ross Butler (Raya and the Last Dragon), and D. J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0), who played the superhero version of Currey’s character in the first film, is not reprising her role for this one. Instead, Currey plays both versions of her character. Other returning actors include Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Marta Milans (High Maintenance), and Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead).
This movie also introduces new characters played by Helen Mirren (The Queen), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Rachel Zegler (West Side Story).
Who Are the New Characters in Shazam! Fury of the Gods?
Even though Shazam! Fury of the Gods doesn’t include many new characters, they are still worth discussing. If you want to learn more about these additions to the cast, this info is what we can gather on them from trailers and interviews:
Helen Mirren plays Hespera, the first daughter of the Altas, who was an omnipotent otherworldly being known as a Titan and gave Shazam his stamina. Although Hespera doesn’t have a comic book counterpart, she is inspired by characters from Greek mythology called Hesperides. These beings are nymphs, mythical spirits of nature who take the form of beautiful women. Hesperides are nymphs of evenings and sunsets and children of Atlas known for protecting a garden with a golden apple tree, alternating between helping people who stumble upon this garden and manipulating them. However, the Hesperide in Shazam! Fury of the Gods is definitely a villain.
Lucy Liu plays Kalypso, another daughter of Atlas. Much like her older sister, Kalypso isn’t based on any pre-existing characters from DC Comics, but she is based on a pre-existing character from Greek mythology named Calypso. In Homer’s Odyssey, Calypso is a nymph and child of Atlas who protects the island of Ogygia. After Odysseus is marooned on Ogygia, Calypso falls in love with him and keeps him there for seven years. Odysseus later prays to the gods for help and in return, they make Calypso free him from her grasp. In Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Kalypso is also a villain and even though the first trailer doesn’t show her enchanting her foes with song and dance like in the Odyssey, she does grow giant vines in a stadium.
Rachel Zegler plays Anthea, the youngest daughter of Atlas. Similar to her sister, Anthea is not adapted from DC Comics but rather from Greek mythology. In the latter, she is a princess of the Greek city Thespiae who has a son with Hercules. In Shazam! Fury of the Gods, however, Anthea is not a mortal but rather a Titan. The first trailer also shows Anthea next to Grazer’s Freddy Freeman, both screaming at the dragon that’s coming towards them, so maybe she switches sides at some point in the film.