After the positive response and a strong opening weekend, Shazam! is getting a sequel. In a positive sign of consistency, Warner Bros. is moving forward with the original director David F. Sandberg and screenwriter Henry Gayden. (Light spoilers ahead about the first film and potential directions for the sequel if you haven’t seen Shazam! yet).
With already getting the green light for a sequel, Shazam avoided the sequel curse that struck down Man of Steel and Justice League, two high profile films Warner Bros. expected to be the tent pole franchises of its DC film universe.
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Shazam! doesn’t need any cameos from other DC characters since it features a super team already. And with the Marvel family making their surprise debut in the final act, the sequel can explore the family learning how to be heroes. When they were revealed I figured we wouldn’t see Freddy, Mary, Darla, Pedro and Eugene in their superhero alter egos until the sequel so that was a great surprise.
We also got a tease of what could be the direction for the sequel as the post-credit stinger showed Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) meeting up with Mister Mind. I’m sure that threw some non-comic book fans for a loop. A talking caterpillar as a villain? It sounds kinda ludicrous, but it works in the context of the Shazam world and it opens up the potential for Mister Mind and the Monster Society of Evil.
Then there’s also the matter of the Black Adam tease. Alert comic fans no doubt caught the reference to the corrupted champion who forced Shazam to consider his successor more closely. Dwayne Johnson has long since been signed on for the role of that character and we should start seeing more momentum on that considering Shazam’s box office success. A winning formula and The Rock? Sounds like a blockbuster in waiting.
What do you hope to see with the Shazam! sequel?