While Shazam! wasn’t a major box office success upon its release, the origin story film was met with positive reviews by both critics and fans. Levi was praised for his performance as the adult Billy Batson, but the kids who made up most of the cast were the real highlight. But, as with any film series starring children, time is always critical.
On Dan Fogler’s 4D Xperience, Zachary Levi discussed the sequel’s filming schedule and its delayed release date. He first shared just how anticipated the Shazam! sequel is, considering it was greenlit by Warner Bros. “right after we [Shazam!] premiered:”
“They announced that we were gonna do a sequel pretty much right after we premiered. They knew we were tracking well enough, they were happy enough with the numbers… So they have been steadily and earnestly working on the script for the sequel and I think Q1 of next year is the idea… COVID has kind of made everything a little bit up in the air, but very much the intent is to make another one. We gotta get to it fast, the kids are growing fast.”
Even though COVID-19 created headaches for the movie industry in regard to delaying theatrical release dates, it seems to have worked to the benefit for Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Originally slated for an April 2022 release, earlier this year Warner Bros. pushed the sequel to November 2022. While Levi feels shooting needs to begin ASAP, the new release date is a good thing.
“It was gonna be April 2022 and then they pushed [the date], partly because of COVID, I think,” said Levi. “I’m actually quite grateful — I think a November release is a better calendar [spot].”
Levi also compared Fury of the God’s release date to that of 2018’s Aquaman:
“Because its early November release is going into the Christmas season. Hopefully, we can kind of float and keep it going into the holidays. Aquaman had that right-before-Christmas release and [grossed] a billion-plus dollars.”