Warner Bros. Discovery will feature four DCU movies in 2023, including Shazam! Anger of the gods and The flash including. And now a new update has indicated that one of them is going to make history in an unexpected way.
DCU has experienced a shake-up in recent months with the acquisition of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-CEOs of DC Studios. In fact, an official announcement of the next big plans for the franchise could come as early as January 2023.
As fans wait patiently for the future of DCU, it looks like one of the highly anticipated films will make its own mark when it premieres next year.
Shazam 2 is making DC Villain history
Shazam! Anger of the gods director David F. Sandberg revealed in the latest issue of Empire that the sequel’s villains are completely original and not based on comic book characters, marking the first time a DCEU project has touted main villains not from the comics.
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Sandberg explained that this was due to the fact that “Shazam’s powers come from the Greek gods:”
“We landed there because Shazam’s powers come from Greek gods. So what if those powers were stolen from the gods and now they want revenge?
The villains in question are the three daughters of Atlas namely Hespera, Kalypso and Anthea.
Veteran actress Helen Mirren plays Hespera, Lucy Liu plays Kalypso, and Rachel Zegler stars as Anthea.
The Shazam 2 director also revealed that Mirren is at the top of his wish list to play Hespera, even noting that “she wanted to do all her own stunts” while filming:
“She wanted to do all her own stunts. We sometimes had to tell her: ‘We need a real stuntman for that.’”
Additionally, the DCU director also opened up about filming the sequel’s action sequences, saying that “it was fun to break things:”
“It was fun breaking things. We destroyed so many cars, dropped them from the sky. There is one scene where cars fly into the air and crash into each other; we didn’t even put it all in the movie because it was a lot of cars.
Sandberg followed up by revealing that he created the sequels’ monsters “god rich” tickled the horror lover in him during production:
“We’ve got this dragon that’s kind of made of wood and has a fear effect, and a tree of life, a minotaur, a manticore… It was really cool to dive into mythology instead of comic books.”
Shazam 2’s original villain idea benefits the sequel
Shazam! Anger of the gods director David F. Sandberg’s confirmation that the sequel will feature original villains not from the comics could be a good thing, giving the filmmaker creative freedom to use those characters.
This also allows the team to use these villains without restrictions, while also being unaffected by pressure from diehard fans.
It’s unknown how the three villains would fare against the power of the Shazam family, but the fact that they’re gods essentially proves they can hold their own.
In addition to being non-comic villains, the sequel also marks the first time the Shazam family has to deal with actual gods. It’s possible they’re overwhelmed, but past rumors indicate that Wonder Woman may appear so her presence can even out the odds.
Be that as it may, the Shazam family’s next appearance on the big screen is proving to be a challenging affair.
Shazam! Anger of the gods will premiere in theaters on Friday, March 17, 2023.