Warner Bros. Make DCEU history with the first movie without a comics villain

Warner Bros. is set. Discovery to premiere four DCU movies in 2023, along with the likes Shazam! Wrath of the Gods And the Sparkle included. And now, a new update has indicated that one of them is set to make history in an unexpected way.

The DCU has seen a shake-up in the past months due to the acquisition of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-CEOs of DC Studios. In fact, an official announcement of the franchise’s next big plans could arrive as early as January 2023.

As fans wait patiently for what’s next for the DCU’s future, it looks like one of his highly anticipated films will be looking to cement its own label when it premieres next year.

Shazam 2 is making DC Villain history

Shazam! Wrath of the Gods Director David F. Sandberg revealed in the latest issue of Empire that the sequel’s villains are completely original and not based on any comic book characters, marking the first time the DCEU project has promoted major villains who didn’t originate in the comics. .

Shazam 2 He joins three other DC movies which also featured only original villains i.e. Nuclear Man Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceNathaniel Burke of SolidLaurel Heider of The catwoman.

Sandberg explained that this is due to the fact that “Shazam’s powers come from the Greek gods: “

“We landed there because Shazam powers come from the Greek gods. So what if those powers were stolen from the gods and now they want revenge?”


The villains in question are the three daughters of Atlas, who are Hespera, Calypso, and Anthea.

Veteran actress Helen Mirren portrays Hespera, Lucy Liu plays Calypso, and Rachel Ziegler plays Anthea.

Rachel Ziegler as Anthea, Shazam

The Shazam 2 The director also revealed that Mirren is high on his wish list to play Hespera, and he even made a mention of it “She wanted to do all her own stunts.” during filming:

“She wanted to do all her own stunts. We had to say to her sometimes, ‘We need an actual stunt character to do that.'”

Moreover, the DCU director also opened up about filming action sequences in the sequel, saying that Destroying things was fun:

“It was fun destroying things. We smashed a lot of cars, and we dropped them out of the sky. There’s one scene where we have cars flying through the air and crashing into each other. We didn’t put everything in the movie, because there were just too many cars.”

Sandberg continued by revealing that he created the sequel’s monsters “Kingdom of God” It tickled the horror fan inside him during production:

“We have this dragon that’s made kind of out of wood and emits a fear effect, and the tree of life, and the minotaur, and the mantaur…it was really diving into the mythology, rather than the comic books” was cool.

The original evil idea of ​​Shazam 2 benefits from the sequel

Shazam! Wrath of the Gods Director David F. Sandberg’s assurance that the sequel will feature original villains who aren’t from the comics could be a good thing, allowing the director creative freedom to use those characters.

Doing so also allows the team to use these villains without restriction while also being unaffected by the pressure of die-hard fans.

It’s unknown how the three villains will fare against the power of the Shazam family, but the fact that they’re gods basically proves they can hold their own.

Aside from their non-comic villains, the sequel also marks the first time the Shazam Family encounters real gods. They’re probably confused, but past rumors suggested Wonder Woman might appear so her presence could lead to the possibilities.

Whatever the case, the Shazam Family’s upcoming big screen outing is proving to be a tough affair.

Shazam! Wrath of the Gods It is scheduled to premiere in theaters on Friday, March 17, 2023.

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