After Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the next DC’s major release. The film is coming to theaters on March 17, 2023. Director David F. Sandberg talks about creating original clans of gods and their monsters for the sequel.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, 2019’S SHAZAM! WAS a cheery, family-friendly movie with a classic wish-fulfillment hook: what if a lonely kid could become a superhero with a single word? Despite critical and commercial success, though, director David F. Sandberg had a nagging feeling about it: he’d run out of time to tweak some things and had more ideas he wanted to try. So, returning for the sequel, he decided to create gods and monsters unlike any the DC Universe has scen- because they don’t come from the comics at all.
“We landed there because Shazam’s powers come from Greek gods,” explains Sandberg of the new villains. “So what if these powers were stolen from the gods and now they want revenge?” He and his team created the three Daughters of Atlas, bringing the titular fury at the theft of their birthright. Zachary Levi’s Shazam, aka foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), and his newfound foster family will face off against a formidable clan of goddesses To play Hespera, one of the biggest of the bad, Sandberg had a wishlist that started with Helen Mirren- and ended there, as she signed up.
“She wanted to do all her own stunts,” he says “We had to tell her sometimes, “We need an Above: Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu bring a bit of dise retribution. Below: Shazam Zachary Lin with his new superfriends actual stuntperson to do that.” As he prepared to dangle a Dame from wires, two more top choices followed in Lucy Liu and West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler as Kalypso and Anthea, and the trio kicked the action into a higher year than the first film’s mall fight or Christmas fair confrontation. “It was fun destroying things, grins Sandberg of the shoot. “We wrecked so many cars, dropped them from the sky. There’s one scene where we have cars flying up in the air and smashing into each other; we didn’t even put it all in the movie, because it was a lot of cars.”
However, it was in creating the monsters of the “god realm” that horror-lover Sandberg could really indulge himself. “We have this dragon that’s sort of made of wood and emanates a fear effect, and a tree of life, a minotaur. a manticore… It was really cool diving into mythology, rather than comic books” With a harpie head sitting in his office, he seems happy.
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit theaters on March 17, 2023.