Back in September, director David F. Sandberg revealed that the highly anticipated sequel to 2019’s Shazam!, titled Shazam! Fury of the Gods, had wrapped filming, and now, star Zachary Levi has teased what fans can expect in the next film.
In an interview with Collider, Levi stated that while he is proud of the first Shazam! film, he believes that the sequel is better and hopes the film will arrive sooner than June 2023.
“I will say that I genuinely — and this is not just lip service — I’m really proud of the first one, I think we made a really, really good movie. I think the second one is better. I think that we had more time, we had more budget. We had, essentially, the entire cast returning, and we all knew our characters a little bit more; we could kind of sit into them a little bit more. Henry Gayden, who wrote the first script, wrote the second, and he did a fantastic job doing so. Everything just clicked even a little bit more and a little bit more. And also the kids have grown up a little bit more, so even the sensibilities of them become even slightly more mature which brings it closer to my or other people’s adult minds, so there’s even more connection there, I think. The action’s great, the comedy’s great, the relationships are great. The bad guys, Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, are fantastic. I’m very proud of it. I want it to come out sooner than June of 2023.”
Although plot details for the DC sequel are currently being kept under wraps, star Zachary Levi has previously teased that fans will have to wait until the third Shazam! instalment for a crossover with Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Shazam! Fury of the Gods features a mid-credit scene teasing the eventual showdown.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods is being directed by David F. Sandberg, and sees the return of Zachary Levi alongside fellow cast members Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Jack Dylan Grazer and Adam Brody as Freddy Freeman, Faith Herman and Meagan Good as Darla Dudley, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Ian Chen and Ross Butler as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand and D.J. Cotrona as Pedro Pena, Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez, and Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard. New additions to the cast include Helen Mirren as Hespera, Lucy Liu as Kalypso and Rachel Zegler in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently set for release on June 2nd 2023.