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DC releasing the first film in the franchise without a comic book villain

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DC releasing the first film in the franchise without a comic book villain

In 2023, Warner Bros. Discovery will air four DC Universe films, including Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash are two examples. And now, according to a recent update, one of them is about to make history unexpectedly. The acquisition of DC Studios by James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-CEOs has caused a shakeup in the DCU in recent months. An official announcement of the franchise’s next big plans might come as early as January 2023. 

While fans await what’s next for the DC Universe, it appears that one of its highly anticipated films will attempt to make its impact when it debuts next year. 

DC Villain Shazam 2 Makes History: 

Shazam! It is the first time that a DCEU film has featured primary villains who did not originate in the books, according to Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg, who confirmed in the most recent issue of Empire that the villains of the sequel are entirely original and not based on any comic book characters. 

Shazam 2 follows in the footsteps of three other DC films that featured entirely original villains: Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Nathaniel Burke from Steel, and Laurel Hedare from Catwoman. 

This is because “Shazam’s powers stem from the Greek gods,” according to Sandberg “Because Shazam’s abilities are derived from Greek gods, we arrived there. What if the gods sought retaliation after having their powers taken from them?” 

The three Daughters of Atlas, Hespera, Kalypso, and Anthea, are the antagonists in question. Hespera is portrayed by veteran actress Helen Mirren, Kalypso is portrayed by Lucy Liu, and Anthea is portrayed by Rachel Zegler.

The Shazam 2 director also claimed that Helen Mirren is at the top of his list for the role of Hespera, and that she “wanted to do all her own stunts” when filming: 

“She insisted on doing all of her own stunts.” “Sometimes we had to tell her, ‘We need an actual stunt person to do that.” 

Furthermore, the DCU director discussed the sequel’s action sequences, noting that “it was fun demolishing things:” He added by saying “I had a lot of fun trashing things.” We destroyed so many cars by dropping them from the skies. There’s one moment in the film when vehicles are flying through the air and colliding with one other; we didn’t even include it all since there were so many automobiles.“ 

Sandberg went on to say that developing the monsters of the sequel’s “god realm” pleased the horror fan in him throughout production: “We have this dragon that’s made of wood and emits a dread effect, as well as a tree of life, a minotaur, and a manticore… It was fascinating to explore mythology rather than comic characters.” 

The Original Villain Concept in Shazam 2 Helps the Follow-Up 

Shazam! It may be a good thing that Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg has confirmed that the sequel will include original antagonists that are not from the comics, as this will give him the creative leeway to employ such characters. By doing this, the crew is also given unrestricted access to these villains and is shielded from the demands of ardent fans. 

The three villains’ chances of defeating the Shazam family’s might are unknown, although the fact that they are gods effectively confirms that they are capable of competing. 

In addition to having non-comic antagonists, the sequel also features the Shazam family’s first encounter with true gods. It’s possible that they may be overpowered, but prior rumors have suggested that Wonder Woman will show there, so her presence may balance the odds. 

In any event, the Shazam family’s upcoming feature film is proving to be a difficult endeavor.