‘Shazam!’ sequel pits superhero foster children in opposition to formidable foes



By Danielle Broadway and Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Helen Mirren, the Oscar successful actor for “The Queen,” wasn’t precisely a fan of superhero movies, however then she noticed “Shazam!” and felt a connection.

“I liked the primary “Shazam!” film and it was one of many few superhero-ey sort films that I might seen, and I liked it,” Mirren instructed Reuters. “It was humorous, it was charming, nevertheless it had this actual coronary heart to it.”

So when she was supplied a task because the daring antagonist Hespera within the sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” Mirren was more than pleased to enroll.

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” the twelfth installment of the DC Prolonged Universe (DCEU), arrives in film theaters on Friday, and brings again actor Zachary Levi within the position of Shazam, the grownup superhero alter ego of foster youth, Billy Batson.

The sequel is the primary DCEU movie since filmmaker James Gunn was named co-head of Warner Bros Discovery and introduced the brand new DC slate.

“It is one thing that everybody in the entire household will get to take pleasure in collectively – perhaps not the littlest of children, it could get a little bit gnarly and darkish and creatures and monsters and a few demise and stuff,” mentioned Levi. 

The 2019 “Shazam!” introduces a foster youth named Billy Batson, performed by Asher Angel, as he’s assigned to a brand new foster household and out of the blue granted superpowers from a wizard making him, and finally his foster siblings, grownup superheroes.

This time round, Billy and his foster siblings should battle the Daughters of Atlas, who’re based mostly on mythological Greek goddesses and are on a quest for the magic powers stolen from them.

Becoming a member of Mirren within the goddess trio are “Charlie’s Angels” actor Lucy Liu as Kalypso and “West Facet Story” star Rachel Zegler as Anthea.

“Your protagonist is simply nearly as good because the antagonist,” Liu mentioned. “You need them to be robust and have a basis and a backbone that’s going to match up, if not higher, as a result of that makes the story that a lot stronger.”

(Reporting by Danielle Broadway and Rollo Ross; Modifying by Mary Milliken and Aurora Ellis)