A new clip featuring Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) in the sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods hit online this past weekend, and it’s safe to say that many fans are looking forward to seeing some of the superpowered characters interacting with one another as grounded human beings.
In Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Zegler plays Anthea, the youngest daughter of Atlas, the God of War. In the clip, Zegler, who looks like a normal high school girl and not dressed in her usual gold armor, meets Jack Dylan Grazer’s character, Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, for the first time when they bump into each other in the hallway.
Freddy is walking to class with his head down looking at his phone when he runs into Zegler’s character. “Oh, my, gosh, I’m sorry,” he tells her. Zegler responds, “Totally my fault. Are you OK?” It’s obvious right away that Freddy is smitten with the new girl.
Two bullies then end up ruining the meet-cute by butting in. “New girl … if you need anything at all, we’re your guys,” he said. “We’ve got it.” Freddy responds with: “They got it all … narcissistic personality disorder, chlamydia, they got it.”
The insult, of course, doesn’t sit well with the bullies, and one of them punches Freddy in the stomach, dropping him to the ground. A teacher notices what’s happening, and the fight ends. Anthea then walks up to Freddy, taps him on the chest, and declares him a hero before walking away, turning back, and asking him if he’s going to walk her to class.
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Plenty of DC Comics fans noticed that the teacher in the clip was played by actor Diedrich Bader, who has voiced Batman in different animated series like Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Harley Quinn.
Others were excited by Zegler being a new addition to the franchise with many saying, “I’m seated!”
But it’s important to note that a new TV spot during America’s Got Talent revealed that Anthea is over 6,000 years old. That’s an uncomfortable age gap and always will be.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, featuring Rachel Zegler, premieres at theaters nationwide on March 17, 2023.