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Shazam 2 Director Claims Zachary Levi Starrer Is as Grand as an Avengers Movie “Because there are so many characters”

Shazam 2 Director Claims Zachary Levi Starrer Is as Grand as an Avengers Movie “Because there are so many characters”

With the release of Shazam, fans of DCU are excited about the sequel as the first film was one of the few DC films that were loved and praised by fans and critics alike, unlike the other DC films Shazam was full of humor and action. The film was a Box Office success and fans were hoping that they would see more of the film.

Their prayers were answered when DC announced the sequel of the film, the film is around the corner and the Zachary Levi-lead sequel is one of the biggest upcoming DC projects of the year. In an interview, David F. Sandberg shared some insights from both films and he compared the upcoming sequel with MCU’s Avengers.

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What did David F. Sandberg Say about Shazam 2?

David F. Sandberg talked about Shazam 2 in the latest edition of Total Film Magazine, where the director stated that his upcoming film is similar to a “mini Avengers movie.”  He also stated the problems with shooting with so many characters in a scene and how difficult it was to place the characters in a scene.

[Shazam! Fury of the Gods is] like a mini-Avengers movie. That’s how I saw it because there are so many characters. You have all these heroes, you have the villains, you have the monsters… It’s a lot of movie packed into its runtime. And it’s complicated. Just shooting and staging up to 11 characters in a scene… Where do you put everyone? It’s really hard!”

A still from Shazam 2
A still from Shazam 2

The director, however, clarified that, unlike MCU’s Avengers, Shazam 2 would be different because it will be Shazam’s movie and how Billy is afraid to lose his family but it’ll also focus on the Marvel Family and their superhero adventures around Philadelphia. 

“The story is very much about Billy being afraid of losing this family… He found a family in the first movie, and now they’re getting old enough to have to move out of a group home and start getting jobs. So he’s terrified. They have to balance their regular lives of going to school and having jobs with being superheroes. It’s tough for them.”

“[Shazam! Fury of the Gods is] still Shazam’s movie, but it’s also about the family. They’ve all been superheroes for a while now, trying to stop crime and save people. But they’re not very good at it. The city has dubbed them the Philly Fiascos.”

Sandberg also talked about how the sequel is bigger than the first film in terms of the budget, and how he worked to make the first film connect with the audience, and due to the low budget, they could not compete with other superhero films.

“On the first one we had a lower budget and it was a smaller movie. It felt like, ‘We can’t really compete with the other superhero movies for action and scale, so we have to focus on character and humor – what makes it different.’ On this one we got more resources so we could actually compete with the other superhero movies.”

With the insights provided by David F. Sandberg Shazam 2 sounds exciting, which will be full of action while occasionally making its audience laugh and possibly moving them into tears.

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The Plot of Shazam 2

Shazam 2 will focus on Billy Batson and his family members who are learning to juggle their adult superhero alter egos, and he is having difficulty keeping them together. However, the daughters of Atlas return to Earth when they felt that kids stole the power of the Gods, they rebuild the staff which Shazam broke in the first movie and use it to take back their powers forcefully. 

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Zachary Levi as Shazam

The sequel will contain a lot of old faces from the initial movie where Zachary Levi, Rachel Zegler, Meagan Good, Adam Broody, Djimon Hounsou, Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Ian Chen, Faithe Herman, and many more would be reprising their roles. The star-studded cast will be joined by Helen Mirren playing the role of Hespera, and Lucy Liu playing the role of Kalypso.

Will Black Adam be a Part of Shazam 2?

Fans of the DCU and Shazam 2 will be disappointed to know that Dwayne Johnson’s anti-hero will not be a part of the movie.

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Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

Even though there were several teases and rumors stating the Black Adam will be a part of the franchise, due to the drama surrounding the movie, and with James Gunn’s plans, it seems that Dwayne Johnson will not be a part of the DCU anymore.

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Shazam! The Fury of The Gods will release in theatres on 17th March 2023.

Source: Total Film Magazine

Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.