DC’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods is returning to theaters soon this month, and while fans are well aware of what major villains the Shazamily is facing, it can’t be helped but lead to curiosity as to why they had to scrap the initial post-credits tease featuring Mister Mind, which Shazam! 2 writer Henry Gayden has a sensible answer to.
“There was a long period of developing [Shazam! Fury of the Gods] and going down various alleys, like who the villain is, Sivana, Mister Mind, all these things that we did,” Gayden told in a recent interview with Cinemablend, emphasizing that the main stake the sequel is in Billy potentially losing his newfound family, “Despite Mister Mind being a fascinating new edition, it still was a lot of Sivana and Billy, and it didn’t feel like it was telling an emotional next installment. It just felt like it was telling the natural next installment, action-wise.”
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With new DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn in the process of reconstructing the new Chapter 1 slate: Gods & Monsters, changes are inevitable within the releasing DC films, and this goes the same for Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
See, Black Adam was initially on track to make their sequel with the potential of featuring Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel, as well. However, seeing as things didn’t work out with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Henry Cavill exiting DC, Shazam might not get to go up against his archnemesis in this sequel.
With going up against the Daughters of Atlas, however, the writer is right on projecting the more emotional storyline, especially when the god-given powers were recently transferred over to the Shazamily in the first film. It also makes sense on having Billy and his family prove themselves to Hespera and Kalypso in being worthy of having received the powers, despite their age and growing mental and physical capacity.
DC Studios’ Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently slated for its premiere release this coming March 17th.