We are about a month and a half away from the release of Shazam! Anger of the Gods, the first of four DC movies due for release in 2023. The project, the sequel to Shazam! from 2019, has so far wowed fans with the family-friendly superhero antics in the two trailers, and there’s certainly a lot of speculation about how that will translate into box office numbers. On Wednesday, a report of The cover confirmed Which Anger of the Gods scored a release in China, with the film expected to be released in the country at the same time as its domestic launch, on March 17.
This comes amid an ever-evolving conversation about China’s impact on the blockbuster box office, with the country banning some recent films for various reasons. However, the tide is turning at Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also debuting in the country sometime this spring.
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In Shazam! Anger of the Godswhen Billy Batson and his foster siblings, who turn into superheroes by shouting “Shazam!” must travel to make peace with the gods because Billy takes their powers for granted.
The film stars Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as Billy Batson / Shazam!, Grace Caroline Currey as Mary Bromfield, Adam Brody as Super Hero Freddy, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Meagan Good as Super Hero Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Ross Butler as Super Hero Eugene, Jovan Armand as Pedro Pena, DJ Cotrona as Super Hero Pedro, Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez, and Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez. New cast members also include Rachel Zegler in a currently unknown role, Helen Mirren as Hespera, and Lucy Liu as Kalypso.
“I loved the first Shazam movie,” explained producer and co-CEO of DC Studios Peter Safran in an interview with Collider last year. “I thought it was beautifully done. I thought David Sandberg captured that tone so incredibly well. The eye of the needle was so small to get it right, but he really did a good job. I feel like this second one has more emotion, more humor, but it also has bigger action, bigger set pieces, some great villains I just feel like it’s everything we loved in the first movie, but it really turned into eleven. I love it. “
“I think the addition of some of these new characters with Rachel Zegler and Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu are fantastic editions,” Safran continued. “I love that the kids are all a little bit older now, so we can have a little bit more fun in a little edgier way with them. Zach embodies that character in such a beautiful way. So to have a second one of those, it is a kick.”
Are you excited for Shazam! Anger of the Gods? What do you think about getting a release date in China? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Shazam! Anger of the Gods will be released exclusively in theaters on March 17.
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