Although a sequel to Shazam! has not been officially announced, Warner Bros. The Wrap reports that the studio has rehired screenwriter Henry Gayden, who penned the first movie, to start cooking up a script for a second Shazam! film. Shazam! overperformed at the box office this past weekend, earning $56 million in North America when most industry forecasters were predicting a somewhat lower $45-50 million haul. While those numbers may seem like a bit of an underachievement for a superhero movie these days, you have to remember that the character of Shazam is not as widely known as other DC staples like Batman or Superman. In addition to that, Shazam! was reportedly made for a reasonable budget, instead of the bloated $200-300 million price tags for movies like Justice League, so even with lower box office it looks like it’s on target to be profitable. The last third of the movie certainly opened up a whole range of sequel possibilities: Billy Batson’s foster siblings were transformed into the Shazam Family, Dr. Sivana is still alive and is going into cahoots with longtime Shazam nemesis Mister Mind, and we even got a glimpse of other baddies from the comics like the Crocodile Men. As we noted at the top, Shazam! 2 has not received an official greenlight yet from the studio, so all this could change.
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