Warner Brothers has FINALLY announced a release date for ‘Shazam 2’– April 1, 2022. (Yep, that’s April Fool’s Day. Kind of fitting, right?) Rumors circulated that Warner Brothers announced ‘Shazam 2’ at Brazil’s CCXP con last weekend, but that was refuted. But roughly a week later, we all know.
Original screenwriter Henry Gayden is writing the follow-up, and it is believed that David F. Sandberg will be back to direct, and Zachary Levi will most likely return as the titular superhero.
That’s where we run into a problem. The whole premise of ‘Shazam!’ is that he’s a kid in a superhumanly powerful adult body. The kids in the movie are all sprouting up.
Asher Angel plays Billy Batson, who was supposed to be 14 in the first movie. Angel is now 17. Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Freddy Freeman is now 16. Here they are in the first film:
Here they are at the movie’s premiere earlier this year:
In interviews, while promoting ‘Shazam!’, it appeared that Angel was almost as tall as his adult alter ego, Zachary Levi.
They really should have started filming the sequel right after wrapping the first one. At this rate, ‘Shazam 2’ will be about the classic fantasy of an adult that can change into a bigger adult. Of course, the kids could be recast, but Angel and Grazer were both really great in their roles in the first movie. It would be a shame to see them go.
At any rate, ‘Shazam!’ did set up a sequel, with Sivana (Mark Strong) possibly being busted out of prison by the talking worm Mr. Mind. It also set up the ‘Black Adam’ movie, with Dwayne Johnson set to star. It is known that Shazam and Black Adam will not come face-to-face until ‘Shazam 3’.
Warner Brothers has ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ out on February 7, and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on June 5, of 2020. In 2021, the studio will release ‘The Batman’ on June 25, ‘The Suicide Squad’ on August 6, and ‘Black Adam’ on December 22. Now it’s filling out 2022, with ‘Shazam 2’ on April 1, ‘The Flash’ on July 1, and ‘Aquaman 2’ on December 16.
Which are you most looking forward to?
Source: THR/Borys Kit