While her character only appeared in the last few moments of Shazam!, Michelle Borth will return as Mary Marvel in all planned follow-ups of the film.
Borth's character, Mary Marvel, is the grown-up version of Mary Broomfield, Billy Batson's oldest foster sister. In an interview with Parade, Borth announced that she had signed on for a five-movie deal with Warner Bros. She talked about her initial feelings when realizing she'd landed the role of Mary Marvel.
“It was tears of joy, but it was just so overwhelming," said Borth. "I had never gotten a role from one taped audition, let alone a five-picture deal with Warner Bros. from a one-tape audition. You always have to go through a really long process. There’s a fight to get there, so it was a really incredible moment. That’s all I can say. It was one of those really magical moments of, ‘Oh, my God. You hear about this sometimes. Every now and then, this happens,’ and that was mine. I did a great dance, an interpretive dance, and had a lot of fun with it, and then forgot, and that was it.”
As with most superhero movies, Shazam! was shrouded in secrecy since its conception. Even Borth was unsure what she was auditioning for, saying, “I was like, ‘What? What kind of dance? What kind of character? My agents are like, 'Michelle, we know nothing. We are so sorry. Just do the best you can and we’ll see where this goes.' I was like, 'Okay.'”
Before Shazam!, Michelle Borth was most well-known for her role on Hawaii Five-O. Her other TV credits include Supernatural, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Dark Blue.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film is in theaters now.