Color us not even a little bit surprised that a Shazam! sequel is already in the works. Following it’s premiere on April 5, Shazam! dominated at the box office, raking in a reported $56.8 million domestically during its opening weekend. Add in the excitement over the DCEU finally getting a movie that keeps things light and fun thanks to its stars, Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer (who play Shazam and Freddy Freeman, respectively) and it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. greenlit the sequel.
We know that this sequel is going forward because in early April, The Wrap was among the many outlets reporting that Shazam! writer Henry Gayden had been re-hired to write the script. Gayden quickly confirmed the news on Twitter.
It’s the first big step in getting the sequel on its feet, but what else do we know about the Shazam! 2 release date, plot, and more? Lucky for you, we have some answers — and more than a few good guesses — about where Shazam is heading in his next movie.
When Is the Release Date for Shazam! 2 ?
Your guess is as good as ours.
Warner Bros. has a boatload of films in the works right now, with some coming out very soon (like the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker, out in October 2019) and some coming out in 2020, like Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5)and Birds of Prey (February 7). In 2021 we’ll also get Aquaman 2, Matt Reeves’ Batman movie, and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. So pencil Shazam! 2 in for sometime after that.
Even though Shazam! 2 will be competing with other DCEU for a confirmed slot, it may get an actual release date over, say, the long-simmering The Flash solo film (which is still in development) because it’s proven itself to be a box office draw — something Warner Bros. would factor into its release date considerations.
Is There Shazam! 2 Trailer?
Not unless you consider the post-credits scene to be one, though it does hint at what could be coming next.
What Is the Plot for Shazam! 2?
It’s tough to say. Given that the origin story aspect of Shazam’s story has already been told, the sequel will be freed up to focus on new stories within the Shazam! canon. The post-credits did tease another classic and extremely weird Shazam villain (read out spoiler-filled explained here), so that may have been a hint at where the sequel is headed.
But until we hear more about casting for the sequel, it’s tough to guess which direction this film will go in with its story.
Who Is Writing and Directing Shazam! 2?
As previously mentioned, the Shazam sequel is going ahead with Gayden set to return as the writer. A director hasn’t been confirmed for the sequel, although it’s entirely possible that, given the incredible box office and critical success of the first film, director David F. Sandberg could be re-hired to help recreate the magic of the first film.
Who Is in the Cast of Shazam! 2?
No official announcements have been made, but it stands to reason that Levi will reprise his role as the titular Shazam (because of course he will and also, that’s how big studio contracts work) and Grazer will likely be back as Shazam’s partner-in-crime, Freddy. Similarly, expect to see Asher Angel return as Billy Batson because without Billy, there is no Shazam.
You can probably also expect to see the rest of the Shazam family return. That includes actors Adam Brody (Freddy), Michelle Borth (Mary), Ross Butler (Eugene), D.J. Cotrona (Pedro), and Meagan Good (Darla), along with the kid versions of each character.
Outside of this, we’ll have to keep you posted on casting developments because at this point, anything is possible.
When Will Shazam! 2 Take Place in the DCEU?
Since we don’t know too much about the plot for the sequel, it’s tough to say exactly when this movie will take place. But since we can safely bet Shazam! happens after Justice League, we’re willing to go out on a limb right now and guess that the sequel will happen sometime after the events of the first film and thus, a few years after the events of Justice League.
Will Shazam Finally Join the Justice League?
Never say never! Although it didn’t really come together in the first Shazam!, we know that this Shazam story is being told in a post-Justice League world. With that in mind, it’s entirely possible the Shazam sequel will nudge the hero closer to the Justice League’s ranks.
It’s also been hinted at in the past, though DC seems less interested in creating an extended cinematic universe to compete with Marvel than it once did. Then again, back in July 2018, producer Peter Safran spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the probability of Shazam joining the Justice League now that he’s been introduced into the DCEU.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shazam play a role in the DCU,” Safran hinted to EW. “He exists in that world.”
Is Black Adam Still Going to Appear in Shazam! 2?
We know the DCEU has plans for a Black Adam movie (as far as we know, production for the Dwayne Johnson-led film is slated to start in 2020) and we know that Shazam and Black Adam will likely meet up in the future to battle it out. But — big “but” here — we’re not entirely sure if any mention or appearance of Black Adam will happen in the Shazam! sequel. Thinking about the logistic of production and release dates for this sequel, if it’s going to come out around the time or after Black Adam hits theaters, then there’s a chance we’ll get some references to the undoubtedly epic meeting between these two DC characters. We’ll have to wait and see how that all shakes out.