A successful superhero movie that stands on its own? That’s practically unheard of these days. And while Shazam! could have been the first, you know there’s no way DC was passing up the opportunity to make another. Here’s what we know about the potential sequel, including who will return.
What is Shazam! about?
The film follows Billy Batson, a teenager who finds a new foster family in Philadelphia. While defending one of his new foster siblings from bullies, he catches the eye of the Wizard and earns his powers, becoming Shazam. For a while, he has fun learning about his new abilities in his adult form.
But, of course, there’s a foe: Sivana, an adult who, as a child, learned of Shazam, wishes to have Billy’s powers as his own. He utilizes the Seven Deadly Sins to try and apprehend Shazam, but in the end, is defeated when Billy discovers he can bestow his powers on his siblings, making them all superheroes.
The movie was a hit for DC
The DCEU has been a bit muddled at best. Many hardcore fans love and will defend Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, but generally speaking, it’s been the outliers of the universe that have done the best for Warner Bros.
While Shazam! Didn’t bring in Wonder Woman-level sales, it did strike a chord with audiences. You don’t need to have seen any of the other DC movies to enjoy it, it’s a lighter and more kid-friendly, and it embraced its silly, fun nature, not trying to be something it’s not. All in all, the movie was a win for DC.
The DVD features an exciting deleted scene
Shazam! comes out on Blu-ray on July 16, 2019, and the digital download is available now. It sounds as though the release will come with multiple deleted/bonus scenes, some of which you can already view online. But one, in particular, stands out as potentially setting up a sequel.
In it, Billy and his siblings, in their adult superhero forms, take their places in the Rock of Eternity thrones. But they realize that there are six of them and seven spots total. Who could come in and complete the new council? You can watch the exclusive clip here.
A sequel is definitely in the works
From right around the time the movie opened with impressive box office numbers and a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, it became clear that a sequel was imminent. DC hasn’t officially confirmed it’s on the slate, but everyone from star Zachary Levi to producer Peter Safran has spoken about it, so it’s as good as confirmed.
According to an interview Levi had with the Associated Press in June 2019, the script is in progress and filming is expected to begin in mid-2020. And there are already many rumors as to who will be the villain this time around, with Safran recently discussing the introduction of Mr. Mind and the Monster Society of Evil.
Will all of the “big” versions of Billy’s foster siblings return?
The adult versions of the group of foster siblings were a big surprise for most who watched Shazam!, and they didn’t get a whole lot of screentime. But if the sequel is to continue the story it started, it seems inevitable that they’re going to need to bring back Adam Brody and the rest of them.
This means that the movie is going to have a lot of major characters to focus on since the young actors will also need to be around in some capacity. So there are going to many schedules to juggle. Hopefully, the studio can make it work without too much excessive cutting and awkward explanations for character absences.