February 22, 2024

Wizard Shazam returns to screens”Shazam! Wrath of the Gods“Follow-up to 2019”Shazam!where viewers watch young Billy Batson become the champion of Shazam, played by Djimon Hounsou, taking his powers and becoming a superhero. While the film focuses more on the champion than the wizard in the trailer, viewers may see the wizard return in the sequel.


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Djimon Hounsou, who made his film debut in the early 90s, has appeared in a number of films and has appeared not only in DC films, but also in the Marvel universe (even voicing T’challa in an earlier animated series). Djimon Hounsou was born in what is now the Republic of Benin, before growing up in France, where he became a model and later began his film career.

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10 ‘Friendship’ (1997)

Cinque looking distressed in Amistad (1997)
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IMDb Score: 7.3/10

Based on real life events by Steven Spielberg friendship It examines what happened in 1839 when a group of slaves rebelled against their capture and took control of the ship they were on to return home. Unfortunately, they were the first to land in America and a highly publicized trial followed to determine whether these men were free men allowed to return to Sierra Leone or escaped slaves.

Djimon Hounsou received a Golden Globe nomination for playing the central character Cinque, based on the real man who led the rebellion and eventually found his way home. Although it is not the happy ending that was expected, the film covers an important moment in American history and portrays the reality of that time.

9 ‘In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven’ (2018)

In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven
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IMDb Score: 8.8/10

In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven Djimon Hounsou is a documentary about his hometown in Benin and the reality of the Voodoo religion. The film hopes to show the truth and lighter side of religion rather than the dark portrayal often seen in the media.

Djimon Hounsou examines his hometown, early upbringing and reveals an essential part of himself to the audience in this directorial debut, the documentary moves between 1st person narrative and interviews with key Benin figures.

8 ‘How to Train Your Dragon Two’ (2014)

Drago Bludvist in How to Train Your Dragon 2
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IMDb Score: 7.8/10

No. 2 in popularity How to train your dragon trilogy sees Hiccup five years after the events of the first film. Now a young adult, he teaches his people to live in harmony with dragons, until he meets a dragon hunter who has the power to control all dragons and wreak havoc.

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Djimon Hounsou voices the evil dragon hunter Drago intent on getting his own way. This film is highly rated by critics, received many award nominations and did more internationally at the box office than How To Train Your Dragon. Now, a live-action remake is on the way.

7 ‘In America’ (2002)

Mateo carrying a young girl in In America
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IMDb Score: 7.7/10

in america It’s a semi-autobiographical story about a young Irish family who immigrated to the US illegally shortly after losing their son. For many, it’s a poignant look at reality as the film sees the family adjust to life in Manhattan without their son and become American citizens.

Playing Mateo, a screaming neighbor, Djimon Housou received numerous nominations and wins for Best Actor. Mateo developed HIV from a bad blood transfusion and despite being friends with the new family he has lived as an outcast among the other tenants of the building.

6 ‘Blood Diamond’ (2006)

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IMDb Score: 8/10

Set in the Sierra Leonean civil war of 1990, two men struggle with their circumstances Blood Diamond-A priceless diamond that would change their fortunes in life. The audience sees the reality of warlords, politics and conflict behind the scenes of this adventure story.

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Djimon Hounsou played a local Vende fisherman who has been enslaved in the diamond trade and discovers the original diamond. He received several nominations for his role, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

5 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014)

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IMDb Score: 8/10

The audience has seen it Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 with Marvel’s exploration of space and the expansion of its cinematic universe. A ragtag group of ex-pats come together to do a little good and a little bad, in this case trying to protect the universe from Ronan The Accuser.

Guardians of the Galaxy sees the first appearance of Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, a servant of Thanos via Ronan The Accuser. This was a huge plot development point in the Marvel/Thanos story and although Korath dies in this movie, he also makes an appearance. Captain Marvelwhich is set before this, and what if the series

4 ‘Constantine’ (2005)

Keanu Reeves, Djimon Hounsou, Shia Le Beouf Constantine
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IMDb score 7/10

ConstantineIt is based on the DC comics Hellblazer comic series. Looking at Keanu Reeves as a Constantine, a man who can communicate and fight with half-angels and demons. As the war between heaven and hell begins, Constantine must help the humans caught in the middle.

Although not set in the current DC universe,Constantine it has continuity in development, due to a cult-like following. Djimon Hounsou plays Midnite, a neutral character in the war between heaven and hell. The character is immortal due to a curse, so there’s a lot of potential for him to appear in the sequel.

3 ‘Aquaman’ (2018)

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IMDB Score: 6.8/10

AquamanSet in the same DC universe Shazam!, takes the audience on a journey to the lost city and the world of Atlantis, and that person in all its forms. A half-Atlantean, half-human hero must help Atlantis while also stopping its King from destroying the upper world.

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Unfortunately, The Fisher King will meet its untimely end for Hounsou who seems to have a pattern of dying in many of his roles. Even if he only has a small role to provide the voice of the Fisher King Aquaman the role makes him part of a select group of actors who have appeared in both modern DC and Marvel films.

2 ‘Black Adam’ (2022)

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IMDb score 6.4/10

Black Adam The Rock stars as the super(anti)hero, very well known, but this time dressed in black instead of red, brought back to life. Set in the same universe Shazam! this film has the same otherworldly battles mentioned in the first Shazam! the film but from a different angle.

Hounsou reprises his role as Shazam and connects these two (would-be) film series. Unfortunately, it seems that with DC’s latest shake-ups we won’t be seeing more of the shared story with Black Adam or Shazam, but it’s still interesting for viewers to see the connections between them.

1 ‘Shazam!’ (2019)

Wizard Shazam talking to Billy Batson in Shazam!
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IMDb Score: 7/10

Shazam! It follows teenage foster kid Billy Batson as he is chosen as a wizard champion to fight sin and becomes a mature superhero in the process. This DC movie is much lighter and funnier than other shared universe movies, so it appeals to the audience in a different way.

Appearing as the titular wizard in need of a champion, Djimon Hounsou conveys his powers to save the world but potentially kill himself. Viewers are excited to see how this character will develop after seeing her reappear in both Black Adam and the trailer Shazam! Wrath of the Gods

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