The problem with making a big announcement about how you’re about to revamp the entire DC Cinematic Universe is that it’s not an instantaneous decision. You can’t just remove the last few films being produced under the old guard and replace them with new movies equally far along in production. So though Shazam: Fury of the Gods tries to make a big deal out of itself, the sad truth is that this long-delayed movie arrived too late. We really hope it’s not stuffed with sequel-bait scenes, because we know those aren’t coming.
You get the sense that if it wasn’t for bad news from Warner Bros, there would be no news from them at all. They’re delaying two of their movies again, Shazam: Fury Of The Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Shazam 2 was, before today, scheduled to come out this holiday season, but instead has been bumped to March 17, 2023. This, in turn, has bumped the Aquaman sequel intended for that day all the way into NEXT December — so no one will see it for eighteen months. That makes for a huge span of time between it and the first Aquaman movie.
WB hasn’t always known what it’s doing with the DC universe, but one of the few times they got it right was Shazam. It was the inverse of the grimdark Snyder movies they were known for at the time: a family-oriented comedic romp about a kid who finds a way to become a superhero when shouting a magic word. He turns into a muscle-padded Zachary Levi but still has the mentality of his child self, leading to a lot of wacky moments.
Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods released its first teaser. The first film is an unexpected hit, making $366 million at the box office. The original Captain Marvel will return with Zachary Levi reprising the title role. All the kids and their heroic versions will return except for Michelle Borth, who plays Adult heroic Mary. Mary’s Kid actress Grace Caroline Currey, now 25 years old, made an adult version unnecessary. So Currey will now play the hero version of Mary too.