The sequel to Shazam is already around the corner and this is an important review of the characters that the first DC movie of 2023 will have.
Movie audiences seemed to like the idea perpetuated since 1939 of a boy shouting the magic word Shazam and becomes a superhero. The technology and maturity that comic-based cinema has today allowed the premise to be manifested professionally in a live-action with good special effects and a carefully worked script. For this reason, in 2019 a tape inspired by the DC character was given for the first time.
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Now in your sequel, history will change drastically. Both Billy Batson and his group of friends left childhood and are already in their teens. Likewise, his personal challenges will be very different from those shown in the previous film. However, these heroes will remain the same and are perhaps the only ones that should not be known from 0 in this new installment. Therefore, this is a guide to the characters of the next part.
Shazam / Billy Batson
Having obtained his powers from the ancient wizard Shazam, Billy Batson stop being just an orphan child. Knowing little of his birth family, the young man gains the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the lightning of Zeus, the bravery of Achilles, and the swiftness of Mercury. These gifts put him at the forefront of humanity’s defense line against magical dangers.
While Billy is played by the promise of acting Billy AsherShazam runs on behalf of Zachary Levi.
Freddy, Eugene, Darla, Brett y Mary they are children who have had the same luck as Billy. They were born and were abandoned by their parents. However, in order to deal with Dr. Savannah, they were also given the same abilities.
Their lives were completely changed and gained meaning in the midst of the misery they had endured. The actors of both forms (the girl and the adult) will repeat. The only exception will be Grace Fulton, who will now be the adult Mary. This happens because the actress is already 26 years old and is obviously too old to just play a teenager.
Shazam the Wizard
Shazam the Wizard
Djimon Hounsou embodies the mythical mago Shazam. The sorcerer is part of a council of ancient priests who protect the powers of each hero granted periodically to a champion. This council sends the magician just at critical moments to protect the world by giving the abilities to those who deserve them. He was responsible for also endowing Black Adam and assigning Shazam’s keyword for the summoning.
Unlike the comic booksthis character seems to not only accompany the hero at the beginning but throughout his career.
Hespera y Kalypso
Hespera y Kalypso
There is not much information about the new villains, since they are not relevant characters in the comics. Rather, they only make brief appearances in very old tomes. Not in the meantime, it is known that Hespera (the eldest) and Calypso (the youngest) are the daughters of the Titan Atlas.
Atlas, who is known in Greek mythology for carrying the Earth on his shoulders, is the most resistant being in belief. Both will also be escorted by a fearsome dragon and are interpreted, respectively, by Helen Mirren y Lucy Liu. It is possible that they end up being secondary villains and the main enemy is surprisingly Mister Mind.
Anthea in Shazam 2
Anthea, with magical powers also like her sisters, will be a third daughter of Atlas. Instead, it seems that she will prevent her family from getting in the way of good and she will decide to support the protagonists. She is personified by the Colombian-American actress Rachel Zegler. She will most likely end up being Billy’s romantic interest.
Shazam 2: DC’s Safe Spot
While DC’s plans for Shazam aren’t known, the sequel could be one more chance for the character to stick around. In fact, director David F. Sandberg has always been optimistic about the permanence of his characters in the future of the saga. “What I have been told is that there is nothing in the Shazam movies that contradicts DC’s future plans. So, there is a possibility of more Shazam and if that is what you want your best bet is to go see the movie“, he indicated at the time. Even so, nothing has been said and even the same freedom that has been on the tapes would cease to be a guarantor, since at this time nothing is known within Warner Bros. Discovery.
Something similar happened with Black Adam that, although it seemed like a separate project with great potential, everything seems to show that it will be shelved. Fans have also shown some discontent about the second part of Captain Marvel.
“Hey, David, I don’t feel like watching the movie because of the drama that happens in the dc studios”, commented a user of Twitter to the director at the time. This, who has always been very active on social networks, continued to be cited in a recent controversy. “It’s just killing the possibilities of the film. There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of DC. Just give us an answer, tell us if Shazam will have a role in the future DCU,” the fan continued. “What I can say is that surely it will not continue if people do not go to see the film,” replied the filmmaker.
DC in 2023
However, while the future seems uncertain, the reality is that the March 16 Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods will be released soon. One of the most surprising aspects is the generational leap in its cast. It should be noted that it is the first DC movie for 2023.
Amid the uncertainties, the company is already working on the releases of The Flash and Aquaman 2: The Lost Kingdom. Both will also occur in this calendar. Thus, the rest of the schedule will be revealed by James Gunn In the near future.
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