Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the Shazam! sequel on Saturday at San Diego Comic Con. Shazam!: Fury of the Gods picks up right where the 2019 film left off Asher Angel playing Billy Batson and Zachary Levi playing his magical alter-ego Shazam. Fans were excited for this new installment, though some had notes about the trailer itself.
Shazam! was praised for being one of the more bright and "fun" movies in the DC Extended Universe – the interconnected film universe adaptation of DC Comics. Spoiler warning: in the movie's climax, Billy was able to share his powers with all of his foster siblings, meaning that they all had powerful magical alter-egos as well. If you missed this in the first movie then the new trailer should come as a bit of a shock as it does not hold back this revelation.
Fury of the Gods finds Billy and his siblings all trying to navigate their magical powers and their responsibilities as superheroes. It will also star Djimon Hounsou as the previous Shazam, returning to give Billy and his siblings wisdom. This time, Helen Mirren will play the villain Hespera, an ancient being seeking magical power for herself.
Shazam!: Fury of the Gods is scheduled to premiere on Dec. 21, 2022 only in theaters. It will follow the spinoff film Black Adam in October, which will star Dwayne Johnson. Here's a look at what fans had to say about this major trailer revelation.
so yes— Luke (@qLxke_) July 23, 2022
As exciting as this trailer was, it left some fans with more questions than answers. Many expected frustrations as the advertisers tried to promote Shazam! without spoiling Black Adam.prevnext
I'm excited, but I can't lie, it's frustrating that Cavill won't officially announce he's done. WB clearly don't feel like he's a locked in cast member.
That said, I can wait for a new Superman. Right now, it's the JSA's turn.— Robert Kask (@DarkPendulum) July 23, 2022
Fans also wanted a direct answer about Superman's involvement in this movie and, at the same time, an answer about whether Henry Cavill will still be playing Superman going forward.prevnext
I love that the Shazam movies aren't shy to reference the other heroes in the universe, whether it effects continuity or not. These are kids, of course they'd reference other heroes, how could they not?!— Ollie 🏹 (@TheQuiver_) July 23, 2022
Many fans were pleasantly surprised by the references to other DC heroes in this trailer, and they remarked that Shazam! was better at making the DCEU feel connected than other films in the franchise.prevnext
Whoa whoa whoa.... she in there? 👀— By Odin's Fade (@IrelandsAss) July 23, 2022
Meagan Good as Darla Dudley in Shazam! pic.twitter.com/xOai4wVQje— DC Daily (@DCU_CORE) July 19, 2022
Among all the new cast members or those receiving more screentime here, Meagan Good seemed to get the most pointed attention online.prevnext
you could say that in their one shot they lost themselves in the music, the moment, and so they missed their chance to blow— reed 🌾🌹🏴 (@mediocretrouble) July 23, 2022
Fans were puzzled by the music choice for this trailer.prevnext
Other new characters and new powers seized fans' attention as well.prevnext
Fast & Furious
Shazam : It's all about family.— Hitesh Joshi (@_h_i_t_e_s_h_) July 23, 2022
Shazam 3 plot : pic.twitter.com/8l6vPlHxea
This trailer's reference to the Fast & Furious franchise caught many fans by surprise, especially since the movie may share one major cast member with that series.prev