Shazam! 2 is slated for a 2022 release, which presents a problem with its young leads, but director David F. Sandberg takes it with humor.
The director of Shazam! two, David F. Sandberg, has joked about the film's delay with a funny fake poster on Twitter. The film will not be released until November 4, 2022. The first Shazam! which premiered in 2019, starred Zachary Levi as Shazam and Asher Angel as 14-year-old Billy Batson. Batson grows up in a foster home with more children, including his best friend Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), who eventually also gains superpowers. All the children from the main cast are expected to return for Shazam! two.
This will be Sandberg's second outing in the DC Extended Universe. He first gained attention in the film world for his no-budget horror shorts, then directed two horror films before landing the directing job on Shazam! And given his background, Sandberg wasn't a very obvious choice for a fun superhero movie, but he pulled it off. Shazam! was well received by critics and fans, so it was an expected decision that he would return for the sequel. However, at this point, much of the upcoming movie remains a mystery.
This did not stop a Twitter user from asking Sandberg to show a poster of Shazam! 2 after director Matt Reeves presented one for The Batman. Sandberg responded with an ironic image that acknowledged one of the film's greatest difficulties. The fake sign reads: “Shazam! Now the children have facial hair ”.
The cast of Shazam! and, by extension, Shazam! 2 has a multitude of child actors, and one of the difficulties with working with children is how quickly they grow up. For movies that rely on such a young cast, it can present challenges when filming is long or there are large gaps between sequels. There was only a two-year gap between the filming of IT and IT chapter 2, and the young stars needed to be digitally aged. Shazam! It was filmed in early 2018, so it's been two and a half years. Shazam! 2 would be filmed this year, but the coronavirus pandemic put a brake on that plan. Currently, it is not known when filming will begin.
- David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) August 20, 2020
Good to see that Sandberg is getting close to what could be a big deal for Shazam! 2 in a good mood. Figuring out how to work with growing actors will be difficult, but as IT Chapter Two showed, it is possible to make it work. Sandberg definitely has a lot of work to do, but hopefully Shazam! 2 may begin filming sometime this year and mitigate the scope of the issue.
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