Djimon Hounsou will return as the former wizard Shazam in Shazam! Fury of the gods. The original film begins with Shazam of Hounsou as the last of a council of wizards after the previous champion unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins and killed everyone else. The ancient wizard Shazam had been waiting for centuries at the Rock of Eternity to bestow his powers on a new champion who is pure of heart. After Dr. Thaddeus Sivana creates a portal to the Rock of Eternity and unleashes the Seven Deadly Sins by stealing the Eye of Sin, Shazam of Hounsou must quickly find another champion.
Teenager Billy Baton (Asher Angel) is chosen by Hounsou’s former wizard Shazam to become their next champion. Once Billy says the word “Shazam,” he transforms into an adult superhero played by Zach Levi. In the same scene, Hounsou’s Shazam turns to dust after passing his powers onto Billy, and the actor does not reappear again. It has never been confirmed that the character died, per se, but his absence for the rest of the film is certainly evident, leading audiences to believe that he is gone forever.
However, despite his apparent disappearance on screen, Murphy’s Multiverse reports that Hounsou will reprise his role as the former wizard Shazam in Shazam! Fury of the gods. Although the news has not been confirmed, Hounsou is returning for the sequel alongside Levi, Angel, and director David F. Sandberg.
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Bringing back a character who died on screen can be difficult, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s the DCEU because, well, they already have. Henry Cavill’s Superman famously died during the climactic finale of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by 2016. However, he was quickly resurrected the following year in the Justice League.
Additionally, Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu will play villainous sisters Hespera and Kalypso in the sequel to Shazam!, so they may have something to do with the return of the ancient wizard Shazam. Of course, another classic way to bring back a character who died on screen is through flashback. While that route is undoubtedly on the table, seeing Housou’s Shazam return through the evil plot of Hespera and Kalypso would be very exciting.
In addition to his role in the franchise Shazam !, Housou also provided the voice of King Ricou in the DCEU movie. Aquaman. The actor has also had a general presence in the MCU by appearing as Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 and captain Marvel 2019. More news about Housou’s role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods is expected to be revealed as filming continues this month and will hit theaters on June 2, 2023.