Shazam! Fury of the Gods may just be getting a little more wonderful, as co-star Rachel Zegler teased a Gal Gadot cameo.
With the recent changes to the DCEU superhero release slate, reshoots and additional post-production have been rumored. These include adding fan service after the massive response to Spider-Man: No Way Home. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is one of the projects that had an updated theatrical release, although moved up instead of delayed.
What do we know so far about the Shazam! sequel and the potential wondrous cameo? Read on for more.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods role
Speaking to Empire Magazine, Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) was interviewed about her upcoming movie, Snow White. Another of the classic fairy tale, the Disney movie is part of the live action re-imagining from the House of Mouse which includes Maleficent (2014), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Lion King (2019), and Aladdin (2019).
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In the Snow White live action remake, Gal Gadot (Red Notice) will be playing the Evil Queen opposite Zegler in the titular Disney princess role. Asked about what she thought about Gadot, Zegler gave a cryptic response:
I'm not going to say much, but filming Snow White wasn't our first meeting.
Zegler has not had any prior project or even casual encounters that involved Gal Gadot. Thus, fans and industry insiders suspect this is referring to the long-rumored appearance of the Amazon Princess in Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Gods and goddesses
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman appearing in the Shazam! sequel seems like a perfect fit. The plot of the story involves mythological deities and it would make sense for Diana Prince, daughter of Zeus, to become involved. Moreover, this is not the first time Wonder Woman was rumored to be appearing in a Shazam! movie.
In 2018, star Zachary Levi spoke to ET Online about Gal Gadot’s iconic role making a cameo for the 2019 superhero film:
I think getting a cameo from anybody would be super cool, but I just think Gal Gadot is so effervescent… And I think it would be really funny to have the 14-year-old Billy Batson inside of Shazam that's really awkward around this beautiful Amazonian. I just think that would be really awesome.
Interestingly, Rachel Zegler’s own role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods has not been clearly revealed yet. Recently, director David F. Sandberg poked fun at Zegler’s casting theories. He shared a fan poll on Twitter that was gathering votes on which DC Comics character the actress was playing.
The choices included Hawkgirl, Wonder Girl, and even the anthropomorphic tiger Tawky Tawny. Sandberg joined in on the joke by pointing out a fake dialogue that had Tawky Tawny having a conversation with Billy Batson (Asher Angel). Zegler helped fuel the speculations further by replying to the director’s video:
david you’re my hero i think
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) March 14, 2022
Although the interaction did not confirm what Zegler’s exact role is, it is possible one of the fan choices in the poll might be the correct one.
Given that the new release date for Shazam! Fury of the Gods puts it up against the highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar, it will need all the help it can get. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman would certainly add some star power. Though hopefully, it won’t be a misdirect as with the Superman cameo at the end of the first Shazam! movie that used a body double instead of Henry Cavill.
On that note, there are other rumored cameos being planned in order to interconnect the DCEU superhero franchises. Aquaman star Jason Momoa is also speculated to be appearing in both Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Meanwhile, Henry Cavill’s Superman may appear in Black Adam and 2023’s The Flash which stars Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, and Michael Keaton.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield and Shazam Mary, Adam Brody as Freddy Freeman, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Meagan Good as Shazam Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Ross Butler as Shazam Ross, Jovan Armand as Pedro Pena, D.J. Cotrona Shazam Pedro, Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews as Rosa and Victor Vasquez. Also starring Helen Mirren as Hespera and Lucy Liu as Kalypso.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods lightning strikes into theaters on December 16, 2022.