Shazam! may not have lit the world on fire when it debuted in March of 2019, but it performed commendably at the box office and was well received by both critics and fans alike.
The film follows young Billy Batson, a teenager who is imbued with incredible powers by an ancient wizard that are unlocked when he utters the word "Shazam," which transforms him into a fully grown, red-suited superhero played by Zachary Levi. The movie's story ends with Batson having defeated the villainous Dr. Sivana, with the help of his foster family who are also granted the same abilities that Billy has access to.
Not many concrete details about the sequel have been shared by Warner Bros, who recently pushed back the film's release due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, the sequel is set to shoot as soon as possible.
According to The Illuminerdi, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to have three evil sisters take on the villain role for the film.
The outlet reports that Warner Bros. will potentially be casting on of these sisters to be a teenager, with the casting sheet suggesting a Zendaya type. The casting department is looking for a more established actress for the second sister, aiming for a Halle Berry or an Eva Green. Finally, the eldest sister will be portrayed by an actor in their fifties or sixties. The report suggests Helen Mirren as a dream casting choice for this oldest role.
Faithe C. Herman said that she’ll start work for ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ in the second week of May 2021.
Ross Butler teased that the Shazam family will have "fresh updated" suits in 'Shazam!: Fury of the Gods.'
David F. Sandberg posted a photoshopped image of Lucy Liu alongside Zachary Levi, essentially confirming the casting of the former for 'Shazam! Fury of the Gods.'
WHAT THIS MEANS
While it was probably unlikely at this stage of the game, some fans were likely still holding out hope that the villain of the DCEU sequel would be Black Adam, as played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. After all, Adam is one of, if not the, most prominent members of Shazam's rogues gallery.
A future link between these two characters has been teased by producers, but nothing concrete has materialized.
These sisters and their true identity remain a mystery. It's possible that they could be original characters created just for the film, but it's far more likely that DC and Warner Bros. will be drawing upon the comics for these particular big bads. The Illuminerdi speculates that these characters could end up being the Three Faces of Evil from the pages of DC Comics. What's more: Terror, Sin, and Wickedness hail from Shazam's own solo book and debuted in 1995.
These three monstrous looking demonic entities would make for more than a match for Billy Batson and his Shazam family.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods opens on June 2nd, 2023.