Director David F. Sandberg shares a new behind-the-scene image from Shazam: Fury of the Gods featuring an epic hero shot to celebrate finishing the movie. The release of the first Shazam! movie in 2019 represented a potential shift for what was then known as the DC Extended Universe. With a lower budget and a more light-hearted tone, the film’s development is partially why Walter Hamada then took over DC Films after Justice League. The movie’s very positive critical response and solid box office performance enabled DC and Warner Bros. to greenlight a sequel. Shazam: Fury of the Gods returns David F. Sandberg as the director and the duo of Asher Angel and Zachary Levi who bring Billy Batson/Shazam to life.
Development on Shazam 2 has been underway since 2019 and was originally meant to debut in theaters in April 2022, roughly three years after the original film’s release. COVID-19 forced a few delays for the sequel, meaning audiences now have to wait until March 2023 to see the film. Shazam: Fury of the Gods focuses on Shazam encountering the Daughters of Atlas, played by Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler. DC and WB have only released one trailer for the sequel to this point, as Shazam 2’s release date is still over four months away.
Now, director David F. Sandberg has shared a major update on Shazam: Fury of the Gods. He shared a behind-the-scenes image from the sequel to celebrate the fact that Shazam 2 is now finished. The photo is of an epic hero shot featuring Shazam that appears to include him carrying the Wizard’s staff or another magical staff. It appears based on his tweet that all elements of post-production are now complete and that he will get some time off from working on the movie until the publicity tour begins sometime next year.
Shazam 2 Won’t Be Changed By New DC Studios Leadership
The confirmation that Shazam: Fury of the Gods is finished comes amid a massive change for DC’s future. It was recently announced that Peter Safran and James Gunn will lead DC Studios and replace Walter Hamada and DC Films. Gunn and Safran’s first official day leading DC Studios will now come the day after Shazam 2 is finished. Even though they were not leading DC during the sequel’s development, Safran is a producer on the movie, so he was already able to provide his input. There is even a chance James Gunn provided some feedback at some point since he was working with DC and is close with Safran.
The big takeaway here is that Shazam 2 should not undergo any major changes as a result of DC Studios’ new leadership. The old DCEU was repeatedly crippled by new management and visions for the future, resulting in changes late in production like Justice League’s reshoots. James Gunn and Peter Safran likely will not enforce any changes to Shazam: Fury of the Gods now that Sandberg has announced he is finished working on the sequel. This should mean that Shazam: Fury of the Gods is the exact movie Sandberg wanted to make once it is released next year.
Source: David F. Sandberg