Many fans thought Shazam! Fury of the Gods was teeing up James Gunn’s future DC Universe plans with its post-credits scene. However, it seems what happened was out of the director’s hands.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods featured a perplexing post-credits scene showing John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) recruiting the titular hero for the JSA. Given James Gunn had recently taken the role of co-chair of DC Studios and both actors were originally cast in The Suicide Squad, it seemed natural this was an extension of his plans for the DC Universe. However, according to Gunn, it wasn’t his call.
“It wasn’t my call and I didn’t write it,” James Gunn wrote on Threads. “Although it came out when I had just started at DC, its inclusion far predates me as (as does Harcourt as the warden of an underwater prison!), and, although I thought it was fun, I have no idea why those characters would be recruiting for the JS.”
This lines up with prior accounts from Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg saying Economos and Emilia Harcourt were never meant to appear in the film. Rather, his original plans fell apart, and they were only included due to a favor from DC Studios’ other co-chair Peter Safran. It’ll be interesting to see if James Gunn takes the tease anywhere, or if the post-credits scene is left in the rubbish bin of the DC Universe.
The talent behind the Shazam! sequel
David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! Fury of the Gods from a script written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan, Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The film stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Millans, Cooper Andrews, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.
The official Shazam! Fury of the Gods synopsis reads as follows: “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.”
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