Director of Shazam! Fury of the Gods David F. Sandberg gave an explanation for the ridiculous name of Billy Batson’s superhero clan. In the original Shazam! movie, which was released in 2019, Batson (Asher Angel) received special abilities from the final survivor to transform into Shazam (Zachary Levi), an older superpowered version of Batson. Batson gave his adoptive family superhuman abilities after realizing that they were outmatched by Dr. Thaddeus Silva (Mark Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins.

In a new interview with Total Film, Sandberg acknowledged that Shazam! gives Batson’s superhero family a ridiculous name. wrath of the gods The siblings’ hometown has given them the nickname Philly Fiascos due to their clumsy crime-fighting methods, the director explained, and family is a major theme of the upcoming movie. Here is the complete quote from Sandberg:

“It’s still Shazam’s movie but it’s also about the family. They’ve all been superheroes for a while now, trying to stop crime and save people. But they’re not very good at it. The city has dubbed them the Philly Fiascos.”

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All of his siblings from the previous movie, including Jack Dylan Grazer & Adam Brody as Billy, Ian Chen & Ross Butler as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand & D. J. Cotrona as Pedro Pea, Faithe Herman & Meagan Good as Darla Dudley, & Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, will be back in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Due to Fulton’s age in the sequel, Michelle Borth is replaced as the adult version of the movie’s hero in the first movie. The family will also receive more screen time in Shazam: Fury of the Gods than their superhero counterparts, which Good has deemed crucial for representation in the media.

The Daughters of Atlas arrive on Earth to confront the Philly Fiascos as they use their abilities to fight crime in Philadelphia. The Daughters of Atlas, which include Helen Mirren from 1923, Lucy Liu from Kill Bill, and Rachel Zegler from the West Side Story remake, oppose human beings using divine power. Since the villainous group was made up for the movie and did not appear in earlier DC comic books, little is known about their history. Greek mythology served as a source of inspiration for Sandberg and writers Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan as they created the franchise’s new antagonists.

In the most recent Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer, Batson talks to a pediatrician about his emotional struggles. Shazam reveals that the superhero team of his family may have chosen to disband, with each member working independently while Batson tries to bring them back together. When faced with waning community support and the pressures of juggling hero work with their personal lives, the family unit will probably be put to the test physically and emotionally in the upcoming sequel. Audiences will have to wait until Shazam! Fury of the Gods opens in theaters on March 17, 2023 to watch the Philly Fiascos in action.

Source: Total Film