First Glance: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

Full disclosure: Despite really liking Zachary Levi and Mark Strong, I wasn’t as smitten with 2019’s “Shazam!” as many seemed to be. It had its moments. But it was a little too silly, and I wasn’t sure how the more comedic superhero movie was going to fit in with the rest of the DCEU. As it turns out that’s no longer a concern. The DCEU has (unfortunately) been trashed, yet we still have Levi’s Shazam and a brand new sequel. I’m still not sure about the silliness, and now I have an entirely new batch of questions about where the character fits within James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new universe.

The new trailer for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” dropped today, and it didn’t do much to excite me. David F. Sandberg returns to direct this sequel that follow’s Billy Batson and his super-powered foster siblings as they face-off against a new threat – the Daughters of Atlas. They’re played by Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu. You probably guessed it, the world is in peril and it’s up to our heroes to save it. The trailer puts a heavy emphasis on the action and includes some pretty wild and crazy scenes. But some of the CGI looks shaky, and I’m still not sure what to make of the story.

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” hits theaters March 17th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

14 thoughts on “First Glance: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

  1. I really liked Shazam! as that was just a total surprise though this one feels a bit darker though I hope it retains that sense of family and humor. I do want to see this though I would prefer to not put any more money into Warner-Discovery. Fuck those assholes.

  2. It looks…fine. But I’m getting tired of all these special effects-driven movies. I want my verisimilitude to be a lot more than what these movies are delivering. Honestly, after the disaster that was Black Adam, I’m not really excited for what’s left of the Snyderverse releasing this year.

  3. I liked Shazam! a lot, and am looking forward to this next chapter. I almost feel like the trailers have shown a bit too much…it looks like a very special-effect (reliant?) driven film. I do get folks thinking the first film was more silly than spectacular, but I get the sense that won’t be the case this time around. As to how this character fits into the DCEU/DCU, we’ll have to wait and see what our “friends” at Warner Brothers Discovery have in mind.

  4. I keep forgetting about this honestly. Now that the DCEU is getting such a big revamp, I feel like it’s killed my excitement for this. Why do I care if this is likely to be changed completely? I did like the first one and I will see this, but I’m not really anticipating it.

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