It’s a normal reaction for someone to lose interest in something, especially if it’s taking longer to arrive and the plans they have for it doesn't go as planned. This is what DC Universe fans have been feeling since DC Studios co-chairs James Gunn and Peter Safran assumed their posts for the upcoming reboot of the DCU. The first chapter plans the duo unveiled last month look promising, but some fans remain skeptical if they can truly deliver the best plans that the audience is expecting.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Grace Caroline Currey, who plays Mary Bromfield in the upcoming superhero film, has offered some unsolicited advice for fans who are losing interest and faith in the DCU. “Well, I understand that… it can be a little bit of a silo online, especially when trailers are released... So, what I would say is: Have your own opinion. Give it a shot… There is a lot of change with the DC Universe happening,” she told The Direct.
Currey continued, “And change is scary. I think whenever there’s change, people jump to the worst-case scenario. But there’s also the possibility that it could be the best-case scenario, and it could be awesome and Shazam, the second one, you have to remember it’s produced by Peter Safran, and he’s now running DC.”
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After working on Annabelle: Creation with director David F. Sandberg, Currey was cast as Mary Bromfield in 2019's Shazam! The sequel is expected to pick up where the first film ended, in which Mary and Billy's foster siblings have transformed into the adult Shazam family, ready to take on Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins. Michelle Borth played the adult Mary in Shazam! Currey will play both versions of Mary in Fury of the Gods.
The actress also revealed that, as of the moment, she hasn’t been asked to participate in the upcoming projects under the new DCU, but once she gets the call, she will be there. “I got excited about the slate because I know James Gunn just brings so much to comic book lore and he’s so well-versed. I'm not in the conversations, of course. You know, I'm along for the ride. And when they say, 'Grace, it's time,' I'm there... I'm interested to see what comes up with this slate. And I think there's gonna be a whole new breadth too, to just the world,” she said.
After Gunn and Safran took over DC Studios in November 2022, they decided to do a soft reboot of the DC Extended Universe and collaborated with a writers' room to create a 10-year strategy for DC Studios. The upcoming new era will be divided into two chapters, the first of which will be titled Gods and Monsters, with the first ten DCU projects under their direction.
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The brand new DCU is expected to commence in 2025 with a younger version of Superman through Superman: Legacy, for which Gunn is penning the script. Other movies that were announced include The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: World of Tomorrow, and Swamp Thing, while Creature Commandos, Waller, Lanterns, Paradise Lost, and Booster Gold will serve as the DCU's first HBO Max original series.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods hits cinemas on March 17, 2023.