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Adam Brody, Zachary Levi, Meagan Good and DJ Cotrona in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Zachary Levi returns as Shazam in Fury of the Gods. (Warner Bros.)

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is finally in cinemas.

Starring Zachary Levi in the title role, Shazam! first hit screens in 2019 and delighted audiences with its fresh, charming, and funny approach to superhero fare.

With mixed reactions to other big-screen DCEU releases, it felt like Shazam! got the formula right, building on the success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie from 2017 and 2018’s well-received Aquaman.

It’s all change now at the renamed DC Universe, with high-profile bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran steering the ship and shaping its rebooted content, but we’re all still salivating at the prospect of the sequel to Shazam! — Shazam! Fury of the Gods — in the hope it lives up to its predecessor.

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So who’s in it and what happens? Here’s everything you need to know about Levi’s return as DC’s young boy-turned-superhero endowed with powers bestowed by a mystical wizard.

Zachary Levi as Shazam and Helen Mirren as Hespera in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Oscar winner Helen Mirren joins the cast of the DC sequel. (Warner Bros.)

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is out now in UK cinemas. If it feels like it’s been a long wait, it’s because Warner Bros pushed the release back. The follow-up was originally slated to release on 1 April 2022 and experienced a couple more pandemic-related shifts before 17 March 2023 was finalised as the release date.

The running time of Shazam! Fury of the Gods is 2 hours and 10 minutes, which is very slightly shorter than the first film.

Rachel Zegler as Anthea and Adam Brody as Super Hero Freddy in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The cast also includes West Side Story star Rachel Zegler and Adam Brody. (Warner Bros.)

Following the lifting of embargo dates, full reviews for Shazam! Fury of the Gods have begun to surface online. Over on movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the DC sequel holds a fairly decent 65% critics score ahead of its official theatrical release.

While shining a light on its weirder moments, movie magazine Empire stated that the character’s second outing contains “strong enough emotional threads to keep you invested” in their mostly positive three-star review.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter praised the film’s abundance of action sequences but suggested that some of the magic from the 2019 original was “missing”.

What the critics think of Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Total Film: A disappointing follow-up (2-min read)

Evening Standard: The spell has been broken (2-min read)

The Guardian: Second dose of DC’s impostor-syndrome superhero (2-min read)

The Independent: Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu looking cool can’t salvage pointless DC sequel (3-min read)

The Telegraph: It’s another retch-inducing mix of pixels and gibberish (3-min read)

The first trailer for the film debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, which teased how Zachary Levi’s Shazam is getting along with carrying out general superhero work aka crime fighting alongside his foster family, who were also bestowed with similar powers at the end of 2019’s Shazam!

They’re all doing their own thing, he says, while he’s the only one trying to keep it together. He’s suffering a crisis of confidence, and a case of imposter syndrome.

It’s a bad time to ask him to save the world, but that’s exactly what the wizard does when he warns that the Daughters of Atlas are coming for him. They’re disgruntled that this boy, Billy Batson, and his family have taken powers they have no business taking, believing them to have stolen the powers of the gods. They plan to mount an attack with their dragon creatures and godly powers and annihilate everything.

Since the first trailer, we’ve also had a second which gave us a closer look at villains the Daughters of Atlas — Helen Mirren’s Hespera, Lucy Liu’s Kalypso and Rachel Zegler’s Anthea — who look to be wily opponents for our heroes.

Zachary Levi as Shazam in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The film is a follow-up to 2019 blockbuster Shazam! (Warner Bros.)

Here’s the official synopsis for Shazam! Fury of the Gods:

"Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy — aka Shazam — and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world."

Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren and Rachel Zegler in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Lucy Liu, Mirren and Zegler play the Daughters of Atlas. (Warner Bros.)

Zachary Levi returns as the adult superhero alter-ego of the teenage Billy Batson. In Shazam! Billy Batson gained his powers when he met an ancient wizard who wanted him to become his new champion.

Billy is played by Asher Angel, who also played the character in the first film.

Fans will be pleased to learn that Jack Dylan Grazer also returns as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, who also has an adult superhero identity. Freddy’s grown-up alter-ego is played by Adam Brody.

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And in case you’re wondering, yes Djimon Hounsou is also back in the role of the ancient wizard Shazam.

Other members of Billy’s foster family who were transformed into superheroes in 2019’s Shazam! will return as well, with Ian Chen, Faithe Herman, Jovan Armand, and Grace Caroline Currey reprising their roles alongside Ross Butler, Meagan Good, and DJ Cotrona. Billy’s foster parents, played by Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans, are back, too.

Excitingly, a trio of Hollywood heavyweights are joining the cast for Shazam! Fury of the Gods with Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler as the Daughters of Atlas and the film’s antagonists.

Atlas makes an appearance, and is played by Black Lightning’s Derek Russo.

David F. Sandberg attending the UK special screening of Shazam! Fury of the Gods at Cineworld Leicester Square
David F. Sandberg at the London premiere of Shazam! Fury of the Gods. (Getty for Warner Bros.)

David F. Sandberg returns to the director’s chair for the sequel to Shazam! So we should expect Fury of the Gods to be in safe hands and to bring us more of the magic formula that made the first a hit.

Sandberg is best known for his work in the horror genre, as director of Lights Out and scary murder doll movie Annabelle: Creation.

In fact, if you’ve seen the Fury of the Gods trailer, you might have noticed an Annabelle doll sitting in the paediatrician’s office, alongside some Wonder Woman and Batman soft toys.

Meanwhile, Fast and Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan joins returning scribe Henry Gayden on screenwriting duties. And yes, there’s a Fast and Furious reference in the trailer.

Zachary Levi as Shazam in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The film was originally meant to be part of the DCEU. (Warner Bros.)

The sequel was originally intended to be part of the old guard — the DCEU — which has since changed direction under new creative visionaries James Gunn and Peter Safran, who have largely hit the reset button.

But with the upcoming Flash movie going multiversal and tying all the DC movies together, anything is possible.

This could pave the way for the Shazam! franchise’s adoption into the DCU under the new guard, which hasn’t been ruled out.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is in cinemas now