As revealed at SDCC, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will find Asher Angel’s character Billy Batson worried about his life changing once he turns 18.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will see Billy Batson (Asher Angel) concerned about his future. Director David F. Sandberg’s first Shazam came out in 2019, chronicling the story of Angel’s orphaned teenager as he develops the ability to transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) after a run-in with an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Shazam was a commercial and critical success, grossing $366 million and garnering praise for its vibrant, cheerful sense of fun. A sequel was greenlit soon after, and after numerous scheduling changes, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will debut in theaters this December.
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The movie is being touted as a bigger and more action-packed follow-up to the original Shazam. Fury of the Gods has a pair of exciting new supervillains – Hespera, played by Helen Mirren, and Kalypso, played by Lucy Liu- and costume upgrades for the entire Shazam family. Those upgrades will be supported by a time jump, as Shazam 2 will take place two years after the first movie. For Billy, this means he will be in a new place in his life as he and his siblings get older.
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Screen Rant was in attendance at Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ SDCC panel on Saturday, where Billy’s new journey in the sequel was teased. As explained by the panelists, since Billy is approaching adulthood, he is worried about the future. He’s apprehensive about how his life will change when he turns 18. Because of that uncertainty, Billy is trying to live in the moment and be with his family while having fun.
Family has been an essential theme in the Shazam franchise. Billy lost his biological family, but could still find love and compassion from his foster siblings and parents. With adulthood calling, it makes sense for him to be afraid of potentially losing the relationships he so greatly values. By the time Fury of the Gods picks up, Billy and his siblings will have settled into their new superpowered situation. However, it might not last forever, and that will likely leave Billy adrift and worried. The new Shazam 2 trailer teases a greater focus on family, hinting this is a conflict Billy will work through with the help of his loved ones. The movie might also reveal some surprising changes to Billy’s life, perhaps leading him to become his own man and figure out his identity outside of his foster family.
Another paradox that adulthood could possibly create for Billy might concern his superpowers. Right now, Billy is living out every kid’s dream by being able to turn into a superhero at will. However, as he gets older and is saddled with more responsibilities, it might become increasingly difficult for him to balance being a superhero and a growing young man. Should DC opt to make a Shazam 3 or include Billy in future movies, this is a concept that can be explored in greater detail. When it comes to Shazam! Fury of the Gods, though, Billy will just be at the cusp of figuring out what the future holds for him. What lies ahead for Billy as he becomes a grown man is something fans will discover when Shazam! Fury of the Gods comes out in theaters.
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