Warner Bros. has had a lot of success exploring other DC comic book legends in recent years. It was formerly best known in superhero movie circles as a supplier of Batman and Superman pictures. To illustrate how things have changed, look no further than 2018’s Aquaman, which grossed a little more than $1 billion worldwide. You don’t need to include Batman in your DC superhero film to get crowds to the movies (although that seems to be the strategy for the upcoming The Flash movie, which is bringing back Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as their respective versions of The Dark Knight).
Then there’s Shazam, a 2019 comedy starring comedian Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, a little kid who is changed into a strong adult superhero by a wizard. It’s the stuff of fairy tales, but recounted in a lighthearted manner, as Levi enjoys the standard superhero origin story shenanigans. The film’s irreverent superhero comedy has earned it a place among the most well-received superhero films of the DCEU period, which had just been hammered by the release of Joss Whedon’s version of Justice League. The film also grossed $336 million worldwide on a modest $62 million budget (for a superhero blockbuster). It shouldn’t come as a shock.
In Shazam!, Levi returns as the titular hero. Part two of Fury of the Gods will see the majority of the actors return, however, Mark Strong will not be reprising his role as Dr. Sivana. There are some new additions as well, including Helen Mirren, Rachel Zegler, and Lucy Liu, as well as an appearance by ’90s comedic legend Sinbad! Shazam! has a lot more to offer than just fresh cast members. The Gods’ Fury, on the other hand. According to recent set photographs, the superhero is also wearing a new outfit that is a far cry from the previous film’s cartoonish puffiness. The lightning bolt insignia has been modified as well, with deeper crimson tones on the suit’s flanks to break up all the brilliant colors.
However, although the last series of set images revealed the outfit in all of its gleaming, unblemished splendor, a fresh collection of photos from the set suggests that the suit won’t remain that way for long. The aftermath of a major brawl can be seen below, including some significant scorching on one side of Levi’s new clothes.
It’s apparent that a major brawl has erupted in the streets of Philadelphia (though the film is actually being shot in Atlanta), and Shazam appears to be in bad shape. Of course, we can’t see who’s on the other side of the conflict, but we have to believe it’s someone powerful enough to really harm the physical manifestation of magic.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit the screens on June 2, 2023.
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