WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Shazam!, in theaters now.
Michelle Borth (of Hawaii Five-0 fame) was one of several actors to make a surprise appearance in Warner Bros. recently-released DC film Shazam!. Borth plays the adult version of Grace Fulton's Mary Bromfield, better known to comic book fans as the superhero Mary Marvel or more recently, simply Mary .
In an interview with Parade, Borth provided some details regarding some scenes she filmed as Mary that ultimately had to be trimmed for time.
"We shot a lot and it's a long movie," Borth said. "It's an origin film. There's a lot to put in, so a lot got cut for everybody. What we didn't see, which I'm sure if we get a sequel, we'll see, is that when she's fighting the [Seven Deadly Sins], she's taunting them."
"She's like, 'Yeah, you want more? You want to come back for me? Okay, let's go again,' and she's laughing while she's punching these monsters out," Borth continued. "She's having a blast and singing, and that's where the dance stuff comes in."
While the casting process for Shazam! was highly secretive, dancing played a big role in helping Borth secure the part.
According to Borth, she showed up to the audition having no idea what character she was auditioning for. Moreover, she was only three lines of dialogue, and the single piece of direction she was given was to dance along to said dialogue.
"I was like, 'What?' What kind of dance? What kind of character?'" Borth said. "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.'"
It wasn't until three months after the audition that Borth was informed that Warner Bros. and DC wanted her to board the Shazam! film as Mary.
"It was tears of joy, but it was just so overwhelming," she shared. "I had never gotten a role from one taped audition, let alone a five-picture deal with Warner Bros. from one taped 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."
According to Borth's comments, she should have four films left on her DCEU contract. With that in mind, it seems more than likely that Mary and the rest of the Shazam Family will get their chance to shine, both individually and as a group, in future DCEU productions.
While the Shazam Family only appeared at the end of Shazam!'s fairly long 132 minute runtime, it's not hard to understand why their roles had to be somewhat minimized to keep the film's focus on Billy Batson's origin.
Considering that Warner Bros. has reportedly already gotten the ball rolling on a Shazam! sequel, it seems like we may very well get to see Borth bust out her dance moves while laying waste to her adversaries as Mary sometime in the foreseeable future.
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.