Rachel Zegler, who was cast as one of Atlas’s daughters, Anthea, in Shazam: Fury of the Gods. The sequel might have given Zegler cool powers, but she had no clue how her director wished to display it. At times, when the character is unfamiliar to the audience, there comes a need for creative liberties. 

Superheroes, almost every one of them, have clear-cut signature moves that are associated with their powers. Spider-Man movies have the hand gesture to fire the web, while Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, is the signature move of Thor, which is used for summoning lightning and smashing enemies. 

Rachel Zegler
Rachel Zegler

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Rachel Zegler Felt Devastated During Shazam 2 Shoot

Both Asher Angel and Zachary Levi return to the DC universe. Billy Batson, a teenager with God-granted power who passed it on to the foster family to create Shazamily. In the new story, there’s also a uniquely written character of Anthea played by Rachel Zegler in the movie.

The Daughter of Atlas comes to earth all furious that the powers that must belong to her and her sisters have been given to other kids. In the movie, she has incredible visual powers that can turn the world something akin to M.C. Escher’s print.

Rachel Zegler in Shazam 2
Rachel Zegler in Shazam 2

While talking to CinemaBlend, Rachel Zegler referenced an MCU hero and said,

“It was a lot of trust (in director David Sandberg), and I was trying to figure out what David wanted when we were shooting. Because I didn’t know if it was going to end up being a very WandaVision type beat where it was going to be as if the world was actually in my hands.”


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When the West Side Story actress sat down with the cast of Shazam: Fury of the Gods for discussing the new sequel, and she was asked at what point did she finally get to see what the powers of her would look like on the big screen, she didn’t forget to mention her disappointment before seeing the visualization of her power on-screen. Definitely, it was unique but was highly reliant on the visual effects, and those weren’t ready till post-production ended. As for Zegler, she had to maintain her trust to the end.

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Rachel Zegler’s Trust on David Sandberg Helped Sail the Boat

To put trust all her trust in the director, it might seem a little too much for Rachel Zegler at the time, and it might look like she’s been overexaggerating the disappointment, but it is true that the actors trying to show off powers on set can look silly and appear quite underwhelming.

Rachel Zegler in West Side Story
Rachel Zegler in West Side Story

There are many behind-the-scenes videos from Marvel and DC movies where one can see movie stars just standing right in front of a green screen and trying to make heroic gestures. It is later that visual effects wizards fill in the missing piece.

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Similar was the case with Rachel Zegler, the power of whose audiences have already seen with Shazam: Fury of the Gods, which was released in the theatres on 17th March 2023. Zegler’s belief in the director didn’t disappoint her. It was, after all, a powerful scene in the sequel.

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