DC’s Shazam earned a relatively modest $363 million on a sub-$100 million budget. While many have wrongly considered that to be a dud, Warner Bros. is thankfully happy enough with the result that they’ve begun work on a sequel. Zachary Levi, who plays the titular superhero and is set to host MTV Movie & TV Awards, revealed that Shazam 2 is currently being scripted and could begin filming late spring or early summer next year.
In all fairness, this should come as no surprise. Shazam was well-received by critics and audiences alike, scoring a Certified Fresh 90% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, making it DCEU’s best reviewed movie by far. That translated into a decent box-office earnings and when considering production and marketing costs, it does look like Shazam turned in a profit. Shazam director David F. Sandberg has already expressed a desire to return for the sequel and this tidbit could most likely mean he’s back on board internally.
At this rate, it looks like Shazam 2 could hit theaters in 2021. Not counting DC Super Pets, we have The Batman and The Suicide Squad already set for that year so this could probably make it the third, proper DC Comics movie to come out in 2021? Or would Warner Bros. make that four movies in the same year? The release schedule is murky thus far but we should have some clarity at SDCC next year.