• Shazam! star Zachary Levi offers update on the sequel
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    Digital Spy

    Shazam! star Zachary Levi offers update on the sequel

    When will Billy Batson return?

  • ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive)
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    The Wrap

    ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive)

    “Shazam!” screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel for DC and New Line, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The filmmaking team of David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also expected to return.The writer has a busy slate as he is also adapting “Last Human,” a live-action science fiction film from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller based on the forthcoming novel of the same name by Lee Bacon, which Sony/TriStar have won in a bidding war. The film is described as a “reverse ET” and tells the story of an artificial intelligence society where three robots discover a human child.“Shazam!” was the 1 film worldwide this weekend, over-performing expectations with a domestic cume of $56.8 million (inclusive of $3.3m in previews) and $102.3 internationally for a worldwide figure of $159.1 million on a relatively modest budget for a superhero film. New Line’s “Shazam!” is the third hit in a row for Warner Bros. & DC after “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman.” The crowd-pleasing “Shazam!” earned an ‘A’ Cinemascore with audiences and a stellar 92% certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.Also Read: Does DC Comics' 'Shazam' Have a Post-Credits Scene?“Shazam!” follows the teen-aged Billy (Asher Angel) after he is chosen as the vessel of Shazam (Zachary Levi), an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. But Shazam probably didn’t count on Billy reacting to becoming a super-powered adult the way most middle- school boys would: by buying beer, goofing around with his excited foster brother, and going to a real estate office to find a super-cool hero lair that would blow Superman’s Fortress of Solitude out of the water. But Billy isn’t the only one that has encountered Shazam. Many years earlier, another boy named Thaddeus Sivana came face-to-face with the wizard but was not chosen as his champion. Now, as a billionaire industrialist, Sivana (Mark Strong) wishes to acquire the magic Shazam has mastered for himself… and only Billy can stop him.“Shazam!” is directed by David F. Sandberg and also stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Michelle Borth and Djimon Hounsou.Gayden’s credits also include “Earth to Echo.”Gayden is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone.Read original story ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive) At TheWrap

  • That 'Shazam!' mid-credit scene may not set up the sequel after all
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    Hanna Flint

    That 'Shazam!' mid-credit scene may not set up the sequel after all

    David F. Sandberg discusses the mid-credit scene villain fans can't stop talking about.

  • 'Shazam!' has bigger opening weekend than 'Aquaman' at the UK box office
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    Tom Beasley

    'Shazam!' has bigger opening weekend than 'Aquaman' at the UK box office

    The colourful superhero tale 'Shazam!' has ascended to the top of the UK box office in its opening weekend, hitting an excellent £4m.

  • ‘Shazam!’ Strikes $102M Overseas Bow; ‘Pet Sematary’ Digs $17M; ‘Dumbo’, ‘Us’ Top $200M WW – International Box Office
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    ‘Shazam!’ Strikes $102M Overseas Bow; ‘Pet Sematary’ Digs $17M; ‘Dumbo’, ‘Us’ Top $200M WW – International Box Office

    SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Shazam! is the word at the international box office this weekend, with the Warner Bros/New Line/DC title striking past the $100M mark in its debut. On 40,000 screens in 79 offshore markets, the David F Sandberg-directed family superhero pic grossed $102M. The global opening is $158.6M when combined with domestic's strong start. The Zachary Levi-starrer ranked as the No. 1 Hollywood pic in 60 out of its 79 debuts. It was the top film in the…

  • The hidden 'Justice League' cameos you definitely missed in 'Shazam!'
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    Sam Ashurst

    The hidden 'Justice League' cameos you definitely missed in 'Shazam!'

    And the post-credit sequences explained.

  • 'Shazam!' set to topple 'Dumbo' from the top of the UK box office
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    Sam Ashurst

    'Shazam!' set to topple 'Dumbo' from the top of the UK box office

    Man baby will take down flying elephant.

  • 'Shazam!' supersuit 'didn't cost $1 million to make', says producer
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    Tom Butler

    'Shazam!' supersuit 'didn't cost $1 million to make', says producer

    The makers of 'Shazam!' dispute reports of the astronomical cost of the supersuit and talk about how they nailed the design.

  • 'Shazam!' star Zachary Levi hints Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' crossover is not guaranteed
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    Tom Butler

    'Shazam!' star Zachary Levi hints Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' crossover is not guaranteed

    Zachary Levi doesn't seem convinced he'll get to face off with Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam, but he definitely relishes the opportunity should it ever happen.

  • 'Shazam' reviews are in and critics love DC’s latest
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    Gregory Wakeman

    'Shazam' reviews are in and critics love DC’s latest

    Alarm bells started to ring when Warner Bros announced that the Shazam reviews embargo would lift on a Saturday afternoon PST. Because critics have reacted uproariously to Shazam, praising it for being a joyous, uplifting and all round hilarious superhero film that’s perfect for kids and adults alike.

  • Early reactions to 'Shazam' compare it to 'Big', 'Ghostbusters' and 'The Goonies'
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    Sam Ashurst

    Early reactions to 'Shazam' compare it to 'Big', 'Ghostbusters' and 'The Goonies'

    So, it’ll basically be the best film ever, then?

  • Warner Bros. boss confirms the DCEU is over as we know it, thanks to 'Wonder Woman'
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    Sam Ashurst

    Warner Bros. boss confirms the DCEU is over as we know it, thanks to 'Wonder Woman'

    Warner Brothers’ strategy has changed.

  • Why there are two 'Captain Marvel' movies and why one is called 'Shazam!'
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    Yahoo Movies UK

    Why there are two 'Captain Marvel' movies and why one is called 'Shazam!'

    Both DC and Marvel created legendary comic characters with the same name, and both can be seen in cinemas this spring.

  • Shazam! will be the next DC Extended Universe movie to start production
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    Ben Bussey

    Shazam! will be the next DC Extended Universe movie to start production

    David Sandberg ('Lights Out') will direct superhero movie - but will Dwayne Johnson appear as antagonist Black Adam?

  • Armie Hammer "open" to playing DC superhero Shazam
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    Ben Bussey

    Armie Hammer "open" to playing DC superhero Shazam

    Dwayne Johnson (set to play 'Shazam' anti-hero Black Adam) first suggested the 'Lone Ranger' actor as a possibility for the title role.

  • Can Dwayne 'Franchise Viagra' Johnson save the DC movies universe?
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    Ben Bussey

    Can Dwayne 'Franchise Viagra' Johnson save the DC movies universe?

    Recent years have seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson go from being a wrestler-turned-actor managing a so-so leading man career, to becoming one of the most bankable stars in the business – and the go-to guy for any sequel in need of a boost. Will Johnson work that same ‘Franchise Viagra’ effect on the DC Extended Universe? It has been known for some time that Johnson will be joining the DC franchise as Black Adam, shady anti-hero of ‘Shazam!’ – a film provisionally lined up for a 2019 release, to which Johnson has been basically the only name attached for several years, with still no word of who will direct or co-star.

  • Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill hint at Superman appearance in Shazam
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    Ben Bussey

    Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill hint at Superman appearance in Shazam

    Given how ubiquitous Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson seems to be on the Hollywood stage of late, it’s easy to forget that he’s also set to become part of the DC Extended Universe. Instead, Johnson will portray Black Adam, a dark anti-hero with powers equivalent to Shazam – and given these powers include flight, super-strength and super-speed, he can also give Superman a run for his money. As such, Johnson has long hinted that he may well go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel at some point – and now, both men have reminded fans that this is still on the cards.