It seems that Shazam! is doing far better than expected. Not only is the film sitting on top of the box office, a sequel looks to be in the works with most of the creative talent involved returning.
According to The Wrap, Henry Gayden, who wrote the first Shazam! film, is returning to pen the sequel; director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran are both expected to return as well. Gayden is currently writing the science fiction film Last Human, from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Grace Fulton as Mary Marvel, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freedman, Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans as Victor and Rosa Vasquez, Faithe Herman as Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene, Jovan Armand as Pedro, and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana. Check out the synopsis below:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).“
Shazam! hits theaters on April 5th.