Thursday, August 31, 2023

5 Hollywood Artists Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the most famous film franchises today. The universe created by Marvel Studios attracted many famous Hollywood artists to bring their characters to life.

You definitely know that Tom Holland plays Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the MCU. However, did you know that previously, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio? Yep, unfortunately, the Oscar-winning actor turned it down.

Apart from DiCaprio, there are still many Hollywood actors who have rejected the role of Marvel superheroes. For various reasons, they let go of this great opportunity, you know. Wow, why is that, huh?

1. Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams has indeed joined the MCU through her role as Dr. Christine Palmer. The character first appeared in Doctor Strange (2016). Palmer is said to be the love interest of Stephen Strange aka Doctor Strange.

McAdams could have joined the MCU earlier. The reason is, the talented actress was approached by Marvel Studios to play Pepper Potts for Iron Man (2008). However, he turned it down and ultimately the role of Potts went to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Uniquely, when McAdams was offered this role, it turned out that it wasn't the only role he rejected. McAdams also turned down roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). Wow, all these great films!

2. Jason Momoa

Who would have thought that Drax's character in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was originally offered to Jason Momoa. Yep, the Aquaman actor is what Marvel has been eyeing to bring one of the superhero guardians of the galaxy to life.

However, Momoa refused the offer on the grounds that he did not want to stick to just one character. In the end, Drax's cute and brave character fell on Dave Bautista. I can't imagine if Drax was played by another actor.

Momoa is now better known as Aquaman, the Atlantean superhero in the DC Extended Universe. The action there reaps praise! Agree?

3. Jessica Chastain

In the early 2010s, Jessica Chastain's name was on the rise. The Oscar-winning actress was praised for her acting in The Tree of Life (2011) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Since then, almost every production house has wanted Chastain, including Marvel Studios.

Marvel wanted Chastain to bring Maya Hansen's character to life. This character appears in Iron Man 3 (2013). Maya is one of the intelligent scientists used by the main antagonist to attack Iron Man.

Chastain said he was interested in the role. Unfortunately, due to his busy schedule, Chastain turned down the role, as reported by Screen Crush. Interestingly, mate does not go anywhere. Chastain joined Marvel through the X-Men universe as Vuk in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019).

4. Matt Damon

Matt Damon's refusal to play Daredevil released by FOX is considered the right decision by fans. The reason is, Daredevil only gets a score of 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was considered unsatisfactory by Marvel fans.

Before falling into the hands of Ben Affleck, the role of Daredevil was offered to Damon. However, he felt that he did not know enough information about the superhero. That's why, Damon decided to turn down the role, as reported by MovieWeb.

Even though at that time it seemed like he wasn't meant to be with Marvel, Damon had a cameo appearance. He appears in one of the Marvel films, namely Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Who knows in the future Damon will be interested in becoming one of Marvel's superheroes.

5. Amanda Seyfried

Achievements in acting are not far from Amanda Seyfried. He has been famous since the early 2000s thanks to the film Mean Girls (2004). From that moment on, it was as if the name Seyfried had never sunk. It's no doubt that Marvel wants him to be in its universe.

Marvel Studios approached Seyfried to play the character Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). When offered to him, Seyfried refused because he thought the film would not sell well in the market. In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel's best films.

In the end, it was Zoe Saldana who was matched with Gamora's character. The character of Thanos' adopted son is very much loved by fans because of his very superhero nature and character. You agree, right?

Playing in a superhero film like Marvel seems to be the dream of most Hollywood actors. However, the five actors above bravely rejected roles from Marvel for various reasons. Even so, their name still skyrocketed, really. Is there your favorite actor?

Monday, August 21, 2023

Blue Beetle Film (2023) Released, CGI That Is Not Exaggerated But Fitting

Blue Beetle (2023) Film Release this August. 2023 will also be a busy year for DC Studios. How come? Before fully stepping into the DC Universe (DCU), the film studio led by James Gunn and Peter Safran still has several dependents. One of them is releasing the scheduled DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films.

After Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) and The Flash (2023), this time it's the turn of Blue Beetle (2023) which is ready to entertain superhero geeks around the world. The film directed by Ángel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) is predicted to make up for the failures—both critically and commercially—that Shazam 2 and The Flash received some time ago.

So, does Blue Beetle deserve to be called one of the best superhero films this year? Also, what is the position of the superhero in the future of DCU? For more details, see the Blue Beetle film review below.

1. Tell the origin story of the Blue Beetle

As you know, every superhero has a story or background that shapes their identity. Likewise with the Blue Beetle. In this film, the story begins with a young man named Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) who returns to his hometown, Palmera City, after graduating from university.

Intending to release his longing for his family, Jaime is slapped by the fact that they are threatened with losing their home due to Victoria Kord (Susan Sarandon), CEO of Kord Industries, who has ambitions to dominate the city. However, hope comes when Jaime meets Jenny (Bruna Marquezine), Victoria's niece who strongly opposes her aunt's plans.

Initially, their meeting was limited to a job offer. However, this moment opened the way for Jaime to "interact" with Khaji-Da (voiced by Becky G), a mysterious entity that inhabits the Scarab that Jenny stole from Kord Industries' laboratory.

Predictably, Khaji-Da chose Jaime as his host and turned him into a superhero named Blue Beetle. Amidst this situation, Jaime is faced with two choices, to die to escape the Scarab's influence or to accept his destiny as a superhero.

2. The chemistry of the players is solid, really heartwarming!

As a superhero film that carries Latin culture, especially Mexico, Blue Beetle certainly cannot be separated from the family theme. Luckily, this film has a line-up of players who are able to create family warmth in front of the screen.

Playing the titular character, Xolo Maridueña has a convincing charisma that makes Jaime Reyes' character easily liked by the audience. While Damián Alcázar and Elpidia Carrillo radiate parental affection, the surprise comes from Adriana Barraza, George Lopez and Belissa Escobedo who play Jaime's grandmother, uncle and sister respectively.

Not only eccentric, the three of them are good at livening up the atmosphere through whims and remarks that are beyond reason. Especially Barazz. The actress who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination through Babel (2006) is the element of surprise from Blue Beetle. The definition of badass grandmother is really, deh!

3. Not only action and comedy, Blue Beetle also includes emotional moments

When the chemistry between actors and comedy are two things that should be appreciated, what about the action? To be honest, Blue Beetle doesn't have any memorable action scenes when compared to The Flash (2023). However, that doesn't mean that Ángel Manuel Soto is original in serving it.

With moderation in CGI—which is the exact opposite of The Flash—Soto recreates iconic scenes from a number of games and tokusatsu, such as Final Fantasy, Mega Man, and Kamen Rider. In fact, the legendary anime Akira (1988) is said to be one of the filmmakers' inspirations in creating the visual for Palmera City.

What's more, between comedy and action, Blue Beetle is able to insert a number of sentimental moments that successfully stir up feelings. Therefore, it's not an exaggeration to call the 14th film of the DCEU a superhero film made with heart.

4. Will Jaime Reyes return to the DC Universe?

Considering that the DCEU is coming to an end and Blue Beetle is the last new superhero to be introduced, an interesting question arises. Will the superhero appear in James Gunn's DCU? The answer is yes.

Reported by CBR, Gunn confirmed that Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) will return to action in a future DC Studios project. In fact, on one occasion, Gunn mentioned that Blue Beetle is the first character from DCU besides Superman: Legacy (2025), which is the first film.

Hearing this statement, fans speculated that Jaime Reyes aka Blue Beetle would join Superman (David Corenswet), Damian Wayne aka Robin, Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl and Swamp Thing as the new Justice League. Wow, if it's true, it will definitely break, here!

Without a doubt, Blue Beetle is one of the best products from DC Studios. Even though the action scenes are not as bombastic as its predecessor, this film has all the aspects needed for a quality spectacle, namely interesting characters, warm comedy, and a big "heart". After all, you don't have to watch all the DCEU films to follow the Blue Beetle storyline, you know!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Fast X Film Review: Interesting and Action-packed Scenes

Fast X This time tries to answer fans' complaints by presenting more interesting action scenes. However, this film still has difficulty holding back so that there are many parts that are still too hyperbolic and break through reasonable boundaries.

I've tried to manage expectations and get rid of reason a little before the story begins. My memory is still fresh when I see the 'magical' scenes from the last series.

For example, the moment Dom and Brian crossed a skyscraper by car in Furious 7 (2015), or Tej and Roman driving a car into outer space in F9 (2021).

The decision to be indifferent to matters of logic was quite right. I have to admit Fast X is full of entertainment with tons of crazy action scenes.

Louis Leterrier, who replaced Justin Lim as the director, managed to translate the script nicely. He is jor-rod in pouring elements of the fight through shootouts, car chases, to flexing with sophisticated equipment.

I was lulled by the entertaining action scenes, until I realized that the story of this film is far from good.

Leterrier failed to live up to expectations for story matters. He is just like me or other spectators, ignoring the plot and instead being engrossed in playing around with bombastic action scenes.

Some parts of the story seem to ignore logic or keep the story in order. As a result, I didn't get into the strong motives behind each character's steps or decisions.

Another impact of the poor quality of the story is that several scenes end in hyperbolism and don't make sense. The shape is indeed not as bad as before, but the scene is still disturbing.

One thing that still resonates is the scene of Dom teaching his son, Brian Marcos, how to drift, who looks not even 10 years old. Or when Dom managed to bring down two helicopters with the gas pull of his Camaro.

Luckily, Fast X was starred by an elite class ensemble, so it was enough to save the story. There is no doubt about the chemistry between the main characters, considering that they have been together for many years.

Dom and Letty's relationship has grown more mature, especially since they raised Brian Marcos. The fierce Dom Toretto also often shows his fragile side through the father-son scene with Brian aka Little B.

The interactions of other characters such as the comical Roman and Tej, plus Han and Ramsey further color the 'family' dynamic.

However, the charm that catches the most attention actually comes from Jason Momoa who plays Dante Reyes, Dom's newest enemy. The eccentric and crazy character of Dante Reyes is perfect for Jason.

He is almost flawless and even dominates when he incarnates as Dante. The new life of this film can be felt every time Dante comes up with a crazy plan because of his obsession with Dom.

In fact, I think Dante Reyes deserves to be named as one of the most interesting Fast & Furious Saga villains and managed to save Fast X from boredom.

He appears for one purpose only: to wreak havoc in the craziest way possible. Of course, that method succeeded in making me and most people entertained.

Appreciation also needs to be given to Jakob Toretto. John Cena offers a different freshness when appearing as 'babysitter' Little B. Unfortunately, Dante and Jakob didn't get the chance to share the screen for a longer time.

I also feel that Leterrier is building a big plot to end this saga. He did everything possible for that, including uniting almost all the important characters to fight Dante.

In fact, there is an odd feeling when you see one villain after another finally befriending Dom. Because the process behind it feels so fast, as if ignoring the emotional impression that has been built from the previous story.

In the end, this narrative can only be defended for nostalgic reasons. Fast X doesn't seem to want to miss the opportunity to unite the iconic characters from the saga in one screen.

Bringing together elite class actors who have appeared in the Fast & Furious saga, for me, is definitely a magic trick from the producers. Fast X seems to be a sign that the next two or three films that close the saga will be more grandiose and ambitious.

This is made clear by the arrival of two iconic characters at the end of the story and the post-credits scene, which again raises eyebrows because logic is difficult to understand.

However, what is the meaning of story and logic if this franchise continues to sell well in the market thanks to the 'popcorn' action scenes that are so entertaining. The previous series of films also continued to gain box offices of up to trillions of rupiah, even though they were full of magical scenes beyond reason.

I think this saga will still be awaited until it really ends, at least for fans who have followed Dom's journey so far.

Even with the hint that was thrown through Fast X, Louis Leterrier could be preparing an ending to the Fast & Furious Saga that is as ambitious as Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3: And Why You Should Watch It

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 officially airs in all theaters on May 3, 2023. This film, starring Chris Pratt, tells more about the Guardians troop living on Planet Knowhere. This work by James Gunn will also answer all questions Marvel and GOTG fans have about the character's fate and past.

For those of you who are still unsure about watching, here is a list of reasons why you must watch this film starring Karen Gillan.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 Storyline is Neat and Thrilling

Several films released by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have various storylines. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 is one of the films that has the best plot in this phase of The Multiverse Saga MCU.

How come? The storytelling is so neat by slowly exposing the fate of the Guardians after Avengers: End Game. In this film, the Guardians will be preoccupied with a mission to save Rocket, a member of the dying Guardians. On the other hand, James Gunn successfully ups and downs the audience's emotions for more than two hours because of a series of mind-blowing scenes.

In a complex main conflict, fans will be presented with the slick actions of several characters without losing the main focus of the story. Even though it's the third film, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 isn't a heavy spectacle for those of you who haven't watched the first and second films.

Revealing Deeper Past One GOTG Member

In the Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 trailer, you will find Rocket, who is pretty much the highlight in it. This is because the focus of the story is the actions of the Guardians to save Rocket.

Therefore, this film produced by Kevin Feige will reveal many things about the past of the character played by Bradley Cooper, For you Rocket fans, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 could be your favorite Marvel film this year!

Heartwarming Story of Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3!

It's undeniable, several MCU films have heartwarming stories, one of which is Avengers: Endgame. Of course, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 is not an exception. If you cried during Avengers: Endgame, chances are you can cry too in the Guardians of The Galaxy trilogy.

This film will raise further about the meaning of togetherness and friendship. There will be several successful characters and scenes that will move you to tears.

How? So you're even more curious and excited to watch it, right?

So the answer to all the fan theories

Long before entering phase five, many Marvel fans had theorized about this Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 film. Like the theory that Thor will appear in the film, Gamora who is back with Star Lord, the addition of Guardians members, to the retirement of Star Lord as Guardians.

Wow! Of the many theories, which one is correct? In order to find out the truth, James Gunn has answered all of these theories through the film Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3.

Break the 'Bad' Curse of the Marvel Movie Trilogy

For lovers of MCU films since the early phases, maybe you had a bit of trust issues when Marvel released the trilogy. Because several films that have a trilogy such as Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War, to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are considered disappointing.

Even some fans think that the third film of every MCU hero is better not to watch than to destroy expectations.

However, this trilogy from Guardians of The Galaxy succeeded in breaking the curse and became one of the best trilogy films. The film, starring Chris Pratt, successfully won positive ratings and comments from various film critics.

There are several reasons why you must watch this James Gunn franchise film. How? The more curious to watch, right?

This film is now available in your favorite cinemas and Happy Watching!!

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Friday, May 5, 2023

Why is Guardians of Galaxy 3 different from MCU films after Endgame?

Since Avengers: Endgame (2019), many film lovers have admitted that they are bored with superhero films, or in other words, superhero fatigue. One of the factors could be because the story plot is the same, predictable so it's boring.

The newest MCU superhero film is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which was released in Indonesia since Wednesday (3/5/2023), earlier than its own country of origin. Although it is not yet possible to see whether the last franchise of the Guardians of the Galaxy is successful or not in terms of income, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 gets pretty good reviews from those who have watched it.

After watching this film at the gala premiere which was held at Gandaria City, South Jakarta, on Tuesday (2/5/2023), it feels like this film is indeed different from other MCU films after Endgame. Why?

MCU movie after Endgame

After Endgame, the MCU announced that they would continue the story of the superheroes in phases 5 and 6. Not just new titles, films released post-Endgame still cover several solo stories of Avengers members in the previous phases.

The films released after Endgame are Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Black Widow (2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Eternals (2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home ( 2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023).

The main villain is not the biggest problem for the Guardians

What Makes Guardians of Galaxy 3 Different from MCU films after Endgame High Evolutionary in Marvel comics and Chukwudi Iwuji in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. So why is this film considered different from other MCU films after Endgame? One of them is because this film doesn't consider their main villain, namely High Evolutionary, as a big problem. Since the beginning, the Guardians members have never hesitated, hesitated, or confused about taking any steps to save Rocket (Bradley Cooper).

After successfully defeating Thanos who has the nickname as the greatest villain, it really makes sense that the Avengers are no longer afraid of any enemy. James Gunn, the director, seems to have caught on to that so he doesn't build the High Evolutionary character as the central figure.

Instead of talking about how bad the villain is, GotG Vol. 3 is more centered on the story of each member, moreover this is the closing film for them to say goodbye to their fans.

Not Dramatizing the Final Fight Scene

What Makes Guardians of Galaxy 3 Different from MCU films after Endgame Nebula, Peter Quill, and Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (doc. Marvel/Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)
The story pattern of superhero films usually has to go through so many troops before finally being able to duel against the main villain. GotG Vol. 3 is not absent from this pattern, really. The difference is, they don't make the final duel between the superhero and the villain the climax.

Because from the start it was considered not a big problem, especially with the strength and teamwork of all the members of the Guardians, the fight against the High Evolutionary only took a little time. There isn't, really, the superhero scene loses first, then gets up and finally wins.

The main scene is not about how to defeat the villain, but how to save friends, family and others. The plot isn't about dying against the main villain, but rather trying to understand yourself so you can move on without regrets.

Like an antidote to superhero fatigue, this aspect makes GotG Vol. 3 feels different from MCU films after Endgame which are usually filled with anger, revenge, and fierce battles. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is warmer. Their heroic actions are also not described in a grande manner, but are still very emotional.




Saturday, March 25, 2023

Review John Wick: Chapter 4 Full of Exciting Action

John Wick's first film could be Hollywood's answer to the glory of The Raid. The brutal thumping action, action scenes that emphasize fight choreography instead of fast editing and a simple story are clearly inspired by the film starring Iko Uwais.

Nearly a decade later, the journey of a hit man who rose from his early retirement after his beloved anabul was murdered enters its fourth volume. And it seems this is not the last series of John Wick (Keanu Reeves). John Wick: Chapter 4 continues John's quest for revenge with the higher ups of the High Table.

After successfully killing Elder in Morocco, those closest to him immediately felt the consequences. Winston (Ian McShane) is not only fired as manager of the New York branch of Continental but he also has to watch his hotel go down. Marquis Vincent de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) is now getting resources from the High Table to eliminate John.

John also goes to Osaka to meet his old friend whom he still trusts, Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada). The Marquis also did the same. He hires the services of John's old friend, Caine (Donnie Yen), to catch John. The fight was inevitable.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is the first film in the John Wick series not written by Derek Kolstad. The scriptwriting responsibility now rests with Stay Hatten and Michael Finch. The result is a story that is quite simple but still manages to develop the John Wick mythology even bigger.

If there's one thing that I always appreciate from John Wick films, it's how the makers always know how to introduce their new characters. The new characters in the John Wick series always make sense. Once they appear, the creators of the John Wick series have always managed to convince me that they have been in the world for a long time.

In John Wick: Chapter 4 the audience will get acquainted with characters such as Koji, Akira (Rina Sawayama), Marquis, Caine, Killa (Scott Adkins), Mr. Nobody (Shamier Anderson) to Katia (Natalia Tena). These new characters not only manage to penetrate the world of John Wick but also add to the background of the figure of John Wick himself.

As an action film, the duration of nearly three hours is unreasonable. How is it possible that a film whose duration rarely talks about the same length as The Lord of the Rings? This long duration is like two images on the same coin.

On a positive note, the audience will be treated to amazing set pieces that will never stop. On the negative, it's quite tiring to watch action movies so far. Even though the duration is quite long, there isn't a single dull moment in it
John Wick: Chapter 4.

Apart from all the actors in it playing beautifully (Rina Sawayama and Shamier Anderson really steal the show), this film could be a place to show off Chad Stahelski as a director because this film presents tense action scenes that are beautiful to the eye.

There are lots of fight scenes in John Wick: Chapter 4 but perhaps the most memorable are the three set pieces in Osaka, Berlin and the top one is in Paris. What's impressive is not only that these three set pieces are really fun and very neatly designed, but these three set pieces have a different but equally beautiful visual language.

If the set pieces in Osaka feel artistic with a beautiful setting, then the fight scenes in Berlin are done in a nightclub. The production design of this film really maximizes the space for movement so that Stahelski can show the contrast between what the main character is doing and the extras around him.

In the Berlin scene, it feels quite surreal (and makes sense in the world of John Wick) to see John fighting with Killa while the people around them are dancing. Even though the scenes in Osaka and in Berlin are exciting, nothing beats the set pieces in Paris which probably took more than 30 minutes alone.

From the streets of Paris to the stairs, Stahelski seemed to be showing off his actions. John must fight all the assassins that are after him. These set pieces are agilely choreographed. Coupled with solid editing, the brutality of this fight is really fun to watch on an IMAX-sized screen.

From a traffic jam to a fight scene in an empty building (one long take of which will leave the audience in awe) and ending with a scene on the stairs, John Wick: Chapter 4 shows his mettle in this sequence.

With great visuals (note how brightly lit this film is, very refreshing when compared to most blockbusters where the picture tends to be overcast), John Wick: Chapter 4 is solid food for any action fan.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review: More Funny and Entertaining

Shazam! Fury of the Gods officially airs today, Wednesday (15/3). Sequel to Shazam! which was released in 2019 is one of the most anticipated superhero films in 2023. Shazam was the final installment in the DCEU series before the franchise was disbanded from being rebooted in James Gunn and Peter Safran's DC Universe (DCU).

As a sequel, Fury of the God doesn't disappoint. This film focuses more on character development and trying to balance its large cast. Still directed by David F Sandberg, this Shazam sequel features familiar faces like Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Graze, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Djimon Hounsou, and others. While Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler become new faces who also enliven this film.

Film Synopsis Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with their adult superhero alter egos. When a vengeful trio of ancient gods arrives on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Shazam and his allies get thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of the world.

All about Film Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (released as Shazam! Fury of the Kings in some countries) is a 2023 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Shazam. Produced by New Line Cinema, DC Studios, the Safran Company and Seven Bucks Productions, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the sequel to Shazam! (2019) and the 12th installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan, and stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou and Helen Mirren. In the film, Billy Batson / Shazam and his foster siblings fight the Daughters of Atlas.

  • Directed: David F. Sandberg
  • Written: Henry Gayden,Chris Morgan
  • Based on: Characters by DC
  • Produced: Peter Safran
  • Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, Helen Mirren.
  • Cinematography: Gyula Pados
  • Edited : Michel Aller
  • Music: Christophe Beck
  • Production Companies:  New Line Cinema, DC Studios, The Safran Company, Seven Bucks Productions
  • Distributed: Warner Bros. Pictures

A sequel to Shazam! began development shortly after that film's release in April 2019, with Gayden returning as writer. Sandberg and Levi (Shazam) were also set to return by that December. The title and rest of the returning cast were confirmed in August 2020, with Zegler, Mirren and Liu cast as the daughters of Atlas in early 2021. Filming began that May in Atlanta, Georgia, and concluded in August. Shazam! Fury of the Gods premiered at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on March 9, 2023, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 17, 2023.

Review Shazam! Fury of the Gods

With a duration of 2 hours and 10 minutes, this film begins with the continuation of the Shazam family story after the first film. In this sequel, the six orphans who turn into Shazam are well known for their actions in Philadelphia. Instead of being known as great superheroes, they are known as cowardly superheroes. Even so, they still do not back down to help people in need.

This film focuses on Billy Batson who feels himself to be the leader of the superhero group. However, what he didn't realize, each member had their own life that he couldn't interfere with. In addition, because they are still teenagers, except for Mary, their egos are still high and they are still struggling to find their identity. Meanwhile, high school-style love stories cannot just pass from their lives.

Freddy's encounter with Anne changes the dynamics of the Shazam family. AGB's love story wrapped in their egos makes this film feel relatable. Freddy felt as a superhero, he could do anything that he couldn't do in his original form. On the other hand, he also wants to show who he is without having to depend on Billy and the others. This wish was opposed by Billy, who felt that the responsibility for the entire Shazam family was in his hands.

This dynamic is one of the focuses of Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The small dispute between Billy and Freddy feels relatable to many people's lives. In addition, in the midst of this search for identity, Billy also changed. Even though he still has an unstable teenage soul and has a big ego, Billy finally knows his responsibility to his family, not only to himself. This development is certainly good for the growth of everyone in this film.

The theme of family that is carried by this sequel does not only occur in the protagonist's camp, but also the antagonist's. They are the three children of Atlas. They face their own problems with the desire to avenge their father's death. A burning desire for revenge had blinded one of them. Chaos ensued and they were involved in their own conflict.

All of this does not escape being the butt of jokes in this film. In one scene, Shazam quotes Dominic Toretto in Fast and Furious: It's all about family. Not only Fast and Furious, this film also quotes a number of other films including jokes related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, these hilarious dialogues are just right and not too exaggerated. This is what makes the humor more interesting than the previous film.

Not only dialogue, this film also has many funny scenes. People will definitely laugh out loud seeing the behavior of Shazam and his family. Everything is enhanced by the presence of the Witch, played by Djimoun Hounsou. The figure depicted as old is no less laughable with his hilarious jokes. The action in this film is pretty decent. Even though it's not as grand as other superhero films, it's quite entertaining and fun to watch. Various kinds of monsters that are presented also add to the excitement of this film. The additional elements of horror make this film feel a bit different from other superhero films. Meanwhile, there are several scenes that will remind people of the film Doctor Strange. On the other hand, this film can unite action with drama without overlapping portions. The emotions that occur are deeper than the previous film.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods also has a lighter tone than other DC films. This film is also the funniest of the other films in this franchise. People who like superhero films, regardless of the origin of the franchise, will enjoy this film because it is entertaining. In addition, Shazam could be one of the franchises in the DCEU that James Gunn and Peter Safran will bring to the DCU if this film is successful at the box office and critics. From the initial response, this film is quite promising.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods balances character development and action throughout this film. This sequel shows a change in the main character. Although maturity is still on the last list, this is precisely its hallmark. A number of conflicts in this film are resolved by means of children, even though they are in the form of adults.

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