Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg shares a festive behind-the-video showing West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler dancing in the snow.
A festive Shazam! Fury of the Gods video shows Rachel Zegler dancing in the snow. A sequel to 2019’s Shazam, the upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods finds Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the titular adult superhero played by Zachary Levi, and his foster family taking on the three Daughters of Atlas. To portray this trio of villainesses, Shazam! Fury of Gods has made three exciting additions to its cast with Helen Mirren as Hespera, Lucy Liu as Kalypso, and Rachel Zegler as Anthea.
In honor of the holiday season, returning director David F. Sandberg shared a video from behind the scenes of Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The video was shared by Sandberg to recognize “the last Christmas before Shazam 2 comes out” and features West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler and Marta Milans, who plays Billy’s foster mother, dancing in a parking lot as snow falls.
The cheerful Shazam! Fury of the Gods BTS video comes during a time when the future of the DC sub-franchise is very much in doubt following the leadership shake-up. James Gunn and Peter Safran have been named the co-CEOs of the rebranded DC Studios and their first major announcement for the new DCU, (formerly known as the DCEU) was that Henry Cavill would be not returning as Superman despite Black Adam’s post-credits scene. This has led to concern that a full-on reboot is on the way with more heroes being re-cast, including Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Zachary Levi’s Shazam.
After suggesting the recasting rumors were unfounded, Levi changed his tone when he clarified Shazam’s future amid the current DC drama. While the actor believes that Shazam! Fury of Gods is a “pretty good movie” which will hopefully put him in a “pretty good position,” he’s not aware of what the future holds for the character. Levi also suggested that if Gunn and Safran wanted to recast Shazam, he would support their decision.
The future is even more uncertain for the newcomers in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, including the supremely talented Rachel Zegler who rose from relative obscurity to stardom with her role in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and will also be starring in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and Disney’s new Snow White movie alongside Gal Gadot. For now, the only thing to do is wait until Gunn and Safran reveal their plans for the upcoming DCU slate at the beginning of the new year. After that, Shazam! Fury of Gods will be released in theaters on March 17, 2023.