After a long wait, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is finally coming to theaters. The highly anticipated sequel to the DC movie Shazam titled Shazam! The film stars Zackary Levi’s hero and his adopted brothers, who can now also transform into superheroes. The plot follows their encounter with the Daughters of Atlas, who have come to strip them of their powers.
Despite the mixed review on Rotten Tomatoes, with only 65% approval ratings with 62 reviews, critics have reacted more positively to the sequel, with some calling it “hilarious” and singling out Rachel Zegler’s performance for particular praise. The film will be released on March 17, and fans eagerly anticipate whether it will live up to the first film.
Industry journalists who had the opportunity to see the film in preview have shared their first impressions online. Check it out:
Shazam! Fury of the Gods: Early Reactions From Critics
‘SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS’ is surprising in every way possible. It’s a fun, thrilling, exciting and full of surprises DC movie.— The Hollywood Handle (@hollywoodhandle) March 14, 2023
It’s pure fun from start to finish. Zachary Levi is even better here as the main character. Rachel Zegler and Lucy Liu were great additions. pic.twitter.com/xzcUqy3zrX
SHAZAM FURY OF THE GODS is endearing, hilarious, entertaining and epic. Helen Mirren stands out as a great addition to Shazam's roster. Sandberg's film is just as engaging as the first, but here the stakes are upped. Huge twists galore, DC fans are going to love Shazam 2 #Shazam pic.twitter.com/nrNedK2xIu— Ben Rolph / TheDCTVshow (@TheDCTVshow) March 7, 2023
DC is back! #ShazamFuryOfTheGods is much bigger & more explosive than #Shazam. Absolutely love the humor & the way it centers a chosen family. Also, no origin story means the action starts right away & doesn't stop. Gnarly monsters, fun surprises, ton of heart. I recommend. pic.twitter.com/U34E43H2GI— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 7, 2023
I saw #Shazam! Fury of the Gods!— The Brandalorian (@BrandonDavisBD) March 7, 2023
It’s a really good sequel. The theme of found family delivers great emotional beats. Sandberg sprinkles some horror elements while maintaining the childish joy & charm of the Shazamily.
Nothing brand new but highly entertaining! Really enjoyed. pic.twitter.com/7BFToNMRDj
Shazam continues to lean into his silliness and immaturity in this sequel which tells us this franchise will remain to keep these films funny, light and slapstick-ish. The sequel comes with more action, compelling villains and a complicated antihero. #ShazamFuryOfTheGods #Shazam2 pic.twitter.com/Po5J64rd91— Jamie Broadnax #AllTheDisneyThrills (@JamieBroadnax) March 7, 2023
#ShazamFuryOfTheGods // #ShazamMovie is a super-powered sequel that packs a punch. A super solid, super fun & super smart blend of hilarity, heart & heroics. Ramps up the action & irreverence to a delightful degree. Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu & Rachel Zegler are MVPs. ❤️ the dragon! pic.twitter.com/C4eP4ukAk1— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) March 7, 2023
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods is a super fun and worthy sequel. Not a game changing comic book movie, but it wins you over with its characters and energy. Has some real surprises and a knowing sensibility that suit it well – plus some creative and exciting monster action. #ShazamMovie pic.twitter.com/J5gXH3lzzx— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 7, 2023