WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Warner Bros.' Shazam!, in theaters now.
Shazam! has only just hit theaters, but Warner Bros. is already looking ahead at the future of the franchise.
The film, which takes place in the DC Extended Universe, introduces audiences to Billy Batson (Asher Angerl), a 14-year old orphan and his powerful alter ego, Shazam (Zachary Levi). By the end of the film, however, the magic-infused superhero isn't the only crime-fighter taking to the skies: Billy's foster brothers and sisters are all transformed into the mighty Shazam Family.
Shazam! producer Peter Safran revealed the reason why Warner Bros. may rush ahead with a sequel comes down to the ages of the film's primary cast.
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"They're going to look like Zach does today," Safran told Collider. "So we've got to move quickly with the sequel, for sure." The actors who play Billy and his foster brothers and sisters -- Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Faithe Herman -- are all under 18 years of age, but they will grow up rapidly. If a sequel is to once again feature them as the children they play, then it will have to go into production sooner rather than later.
While a sequel to Shazam! has not been officially announced yet, the movie is already proving to be a success after only a few days of release. The film has already out-grossed the Stephen King novel adaptation Pet Sematary during this past Thursday's preview screenings, and it's already set to earn $53.7 million at the box office, well ahead of its $40 million projected opening.
If a sequel to Shazam! is given the green light, it just might follow-up on its mid-credits scene, which teased a team-up between Mark Strong's Doctor Sivana and the hyper-intelligent, talking alien worm, Mister Mind.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film opens Friday nationwide.
(via Cinema Blend)