The first trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods has dropped at ComicCon 2022. Starring Zachary Levi as the titular character the David F. Sandbergdirected sequel also stars Helen Mirren as Hespera Lucy Liu as Kalypso and Rachel Zegler in a mystery role along with returning cast members Jack Dylan Grazer Asher Angel Adam Brody Meagan Good DJ Cotrona Ross Butler and Djimon Hounsou. Henry Gayden returns to script for the sequel alongside Chris Morgan.
The first Shazam! was released in 2019 to strong critical acclaim and a global boxoffice haul of $366 million prompting a sequel to be announced shortly after. The sequel was originally slated to debut in 2023 but a DCEU schedule shift moved the film up to follow on the heels of Black Adam in December 2022 just after James Camerons Avatar The Way of Water hits theaters. Its unclear if that shift has anything to do with the connective link between the characters but that will certainly be revealed when both are released.
During WBs ComicCon panel the first trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods was released showing whats in store for Shazam Billy Batson Freddy Freeman and the rest of the kids as they face an allnew threat of powerful goddesses. The trailer highlights Shazam/Billys struggles in dealing with a family of superheroes while feeling like a failure in his own role. The first look at Zeglers character is teased as well as callbacks to the Justice League characters with the trailer also revealing the Shazam family battling a massive dragon. Check out the trailer below
Interestingly the Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer uses footage from Zack Snyders Justice League as well as Aquaman which strengthens the bonds of the DCEU connectivity. Films like The Batman and Joker have existed in standalone universes so its been a while since the DCEU felt like a connected universe. Director James Gunn teased the broader connections with the appearance of the Justice League including Jason Momoas Aquaman and Ezra Millers The Flash in the finale of HBO Maxs Peacemaker series and things look to expand even more with the introduction of Dwayne Johnsons Black Adam.
Even though Shazam! is a character thats been around as long as Superman hes just now finally getting his due in terms of fan awareness so its great to see the character as well as the Shazam! family of superheros finally taking flight. The new trailer looks to capitalize on the familial bonds that were so strongly established in the first film which was a massive part of the appeal. The villains dont seem quite as menacing but this is still an early look so its possible they raise the stakes in the actual film. Either way Shazam! Fury of the Gods looks like a strong and worthy follow up to the original and a cant miss when it releases in theaters on December 21 2022.