Shazam! director David F. Sandberg revealed production on the sequel is planned for a 2020 start.
Last year, Shazam! offered audiences a relatively more light-hearted entry in the DC Extended Universe franchise and received praise from audiences who welcomed the less gritty tone of the film. The film proved to be enough of a box office hit to warrant a sequel with director David F. Sandberg set to return to the director’s chair.
During an interview with ComicBook.com, David F. Sandberg revealed the Shazam! sequel, which is scheduled for a theatrical release on April 1, 2022, was originally going to begin filming this year. However, as with many studio productions, the filming schedule could be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
“Well, we’ll see how long this goes, because I mean, we were going to start shooting this year. But, I mean, who knows how long this will go on? I mean, it feels like every movie gets delayed now, so we’ll see what happens with Shazam!. But so far, I’ve been working on the script. We can still do that, so that’s being done and then, yeah, we’ll just see in a couple of months how it looks, you know?”
Fortunately, David F. Sandberg added some work can still be done from the safety of home, saying, “We have a little bit of work that we can do remotely, we have meetings via Zoom.”
Here is the official synopsis for Shazam!:
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 quick.
Shazam! is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.