With Shazam! Fury of the Gods now in theaters, director David F. Sandberg has been answering questions about his DC Comics sequel on Twitter, and the filmmaker has shared some intriguing new details about the movie's mid-credits scene.
In the sequence, we see A.R.G.U.S. agents John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) approaching Shazam as he's excitedly blasting bottles with his sparkle-fingers. They ask if he'd like to join the Justice Society, which he agrees to (after initially expecting them to say Justice League).
Sandberg was asked why he chose these particular characters for the scene, and revealed that it was originally going to feature members of the Justice Society before things "fell apart."
He doesn't specify who, but some combination of Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and/or Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) seems most likely. Was the plan to connect Fury of the Gods to a potential Black Adam sequel and finally have Shazam and the Man in Black square-off?
Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.
From New Line Cinema comes Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods stars returning cast members Zachary Levi (Thor: Ragnarok) as Shazam; Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson; Jack Dylan Grazer (It Chapter Two) as Freddy Freeman; Adam Brody (Promising Young Woman) as Super Hero Freddy; Ross Butler (Raya and the Last Dragon) as Super Hero Eugene; Meagan Good (Day Shift) as Super Hero Darla; D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Super Hero Pedro; Grace Caroline Currey (Annabelle: Creation) as Mary Bromfield / Super Hero Mary; Faithe Herman (This Is Us) as Darla Dudley; Ian Chen (A Dog’s Journey) as Eugene Choi; Jovan Armand (Second Chances) as Pedro Pena; Marta Milans (White Lines) as Rosa Vasquez; Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) as Victor Vasquez; with Djimon Hounsou (A Quiet Place Part II) as Wizard.
Joining the cast are Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), with Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda franchise) and Helen Mirren (F9: The Fast Saga).
The superhero sequel is set to hit theaters on March 17, 2023.