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Henry Gayden is Returning to Write the Shazam! Sequel


Shazam! is a success, over-performing expectations with an opening of $53.5 million domestically (plus $3.3 million from previews), $102.3 internationally, for a worldwide total of $159.1 million on a budget of just $100 million. And with success comes sequels!

The Wrap is reporting that the writer of the first film, Henry Gayden, has been tapped to pen the sequel for the film. David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also also expected to return. Sanderg directed the first film while Safran was the producer.

Currently it’s unknown exactly what the plan is for a sequel or a time frame. Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is set to film next year. Black Adam is a classic villain from Shazam! and Johnson was an executive producer on the first film. It’s expected the two characters will clash at some point but one of the post film scenes hints at another classic villain to come.

SDCC 2018: Shazam! Gets Its First Official Trailer

As expected, Shazam! gets its first trailer revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. David F. Sandberg directs New Line Cinema’s Shazam!, the origin story that stars Zachary Levi as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, 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.

Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton; Darla, played by Faithe Herman; Eugene, played by Ian Chen; and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand. Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard.

The film is firmly set in the DC universe but has its own distinct voice, fun, family-centric tone.

Shazam! is set for release on April 5, 2019.

Shazam! Finds Its Billy Batson with Asher Angel

Last week it was announced that Zachary Levi would put on the cape for Warner Bros.Shazam! based on the classic DC Comics character. But, the question remained, who would play Billy Batson, the kid who gains the power to turn into the hero? We have our answer as it’s been announced that Asher Angel is taking on the role.

Asher is primarily known for his role as Jonah Beck on the television show Andi Mack in his rather short career. At 15 years old, he’s the perfect age the play the character who is usually portrayed in his early teens. This is a case of an actor being cast to play someone about their age and seems like it’ll be a solid choice. Also great is that Asher looks like someone who could turn into Levi when he gets older.

Shazam! is based on the comic series and follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform in a superhero by speaking the word “Shazam!” The word is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.


Zachary Levi to Star in Shazam!

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that actor Zachary Levi will star in Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Shazam! film based on the classic character. Shazam! is reported to be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to film, ahead of the Flashpoint, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl and the Suicide Squad sequel. A dual movie focused on Shazam’s villain Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson is also being developed. No release date has been announced but Shazam! will begin filming in February 2018 in Toronto.

Shazam! is based on the comic series and follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform in a superhero by speaking the word “Shazam!” The word is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

David F. Sandberg is directing Shazam! for New Line. Sandberg has excelled in small budget horror films with large returns. The screenplay is by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Levi brings his action and comedic chops to the role and this isn’t his first step into the comic movie realm. Levi was Fandral in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.