Just say the word, the sequel to Warner Bros and New Line Cinema’s hit superhero film, SHAZAM! will be striking back into theaters on April of 2022 with SHAZAM! 2. Zachary Levi is set to reprise his role as the big cheese, the adult version of Billy Batson. the film’s original screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel.
The first SHAZAM! made a shock at the box office for Levi, director David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran as it grossed $140 million domestically and $364 worldwide.
SHAZAM! starred Asher Angel as Billy Batson, an orphan who runs away from foster home to foster home in search of his mother whom he was separated from as a toddler. He is eventually bestowed magical superpowers unto him by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou), that transforms him into his full potential in adult form (Zachary Levi). He must battle Doctor Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) and stop the Seven Deadly Sins from reeking havoc and destruction upon the world. Billy is also aided in this task by his foster brother, Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) and their other foster siblings.
It is not yet been reported if Asher, Strong, Grazer as well the other foster children or even their adult counterparts will be returning to the film.
Something else worth nothing, Warner Bros just the day before announced that BLACK ADAM starring Dwayne Johnson will be released in December of 2021. We have to wait and see if the end of that film will tie directly into this sequel.
Check out the panel our own resident super villain, Jay Washington moderated with Angel at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in April of this year.
We’d all known the Dwayne Johnson would be portraying SHAZAM’s main big bad, Black Adam in his own feature film but no one knew when it would arrive. It seemed as if it was the longest of ways away until the successful debut of SHAZAM in theaters and the former WWE Champion let the world know that BLACK ADAM was going into pre-production.
Now thanks to Johnson we have another update as well as a release date. Johnson posted to his official facebook page.
“The Man in Black ⚡️
Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people.
It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN.
As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.
But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be.
I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority.
Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way.
Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true.
I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM.
BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line.
He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way.
Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way.
This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together.
I love the palindrome of the date of December 22, 2021 but now the anticipation for this film goes full steam ahead. It is also interest that he firmly describes Black Adam as a SUPERHERO and not an Anti-hero as formally mentioned.
Are you excited about this news?
The flagship show for the DC universe will not be slowing down or stopping anytime soon. TITANS on the DC Universe has been renewed for a 3rd season. The mature-themed original Series and its Season 2 has new episodes available every Friday.
The current season of introduced Esai Morales as the title team’s archenemy, Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, notorious as the most dangerous assassin in the DC Universe. Along with Slade, his children Jericho and Rose (Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang – respectively), Connor Kent aka Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Mercy Graves (Natalie Gumede) and others have been introduced this season.
TITANS stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Conor Leslie as Wonder Girl, Minka Kelly as Dove, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Iain Glenn as Bruce Wayne.
The casting is ramping up with Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN. Of course we know that Robert Pattinson will be the caped crusader, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and most recently Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth with Colin Farrell as The Penguin. But now another name has entered into the fold, this time it is Juilliard grad Jayme Lawson.
The announcement which was first broken by Collider.com says that Lawson is a relatively unknown to Hollywood given that she does not even yet have an IMDB page. She just recently graduated from the famed Juilliard academy and while there has played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet as well as the title role in Hamlet, and she has also played Lady Macbeth onstage. She also stars as the Lady in Red in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which is now playing at the Public Theater for the first time since its premiere in 1976.
A big noted item is that Lawson’s role is currently being kept under wraps, so it safe to assume that the speculations will being to run rampant. the biggest one is that Lawson may be cast as the daughter of Wright’s Commissioner Gordon, Barbara. Which many comic book fans know that Barbara Gordon eventually becomes the masked superhero known as Batgirl.
It is worth noting that is has been mentioned that the potential Batgirl movie is expected to tie in directly with THE BATMAN so here may be the official connection.
Stay tuned to the resident super villain, Jay Washington and The Mad Titan Podcast as more news on this as it comes in.
THE BATMAN is set to hit theaters June 25, 2021
Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN now has its Edward Nygma aka The Riddler in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE actor, Paul Dano.
Dano will be potentially the main villain going up against Robert Pattinson’s Batman in what is said to be a noir detective film.
Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN is steadily taking shape with an extremely solid cast. With Robert Pattinson taking on the role of a young caped crusader, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner and Jonah Hill currently in talks to play a villain. Now we know who will be Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, it is PRETTY LITTLE LIARS star, Zoë Kravitz.
Kravitz now adds her name to the of extraprdinary women who have snapped the whip as Selina Kyle. Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway in the film world. On the Gotham TV series, Kyle was played by Cameron Bicondova. Halle Berry also portrayed a version of Catwoman as did Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt in the BATMAN 1960’s series.
Kravitz’s leant her voice to THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE in which she played…yes, Catwoman.
THE BATMAN is set to hit theaters June 25, 2021.
If you want to have someone who will be the police liaison and ally if you would to Robert Pattinson’s dark knight in THE BATMAN this here is a wonderful choice.
Jeffrey Wright (WESTWORLD) is in negotiations to join Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN as Jim Gordon. At the time of this article being written nothing is official. The reason the title of Commissioner was not used with Gordon’s name is because it is not known yet what phase of his career will we see Gordon in. We know that the film will center around a younger Dark Knight but that does not give the stage of Gordon’s police career whether he is the Commissioner or if he is still a detective.
THE BATMAN is set to arrive in theaters on June 25, 2021