Fans who were hoping to see Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam and Zachary Levi's Shazam fight on the big screen in Shazam! 2 should prepare for disappointment. Appearing at the CCXP Cologne convention, Shazam! star Zachary Levi revealed that Johnson's Black Adam probably won't go up against his titular superhero until a potential third movie.
"I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam!," the actor said, "because the idea is that they want to go and do a standalone Black Adam movie first. And then it would kind of be, if we do a third Shazam! and a second Black Adam, kind of [parallel] like that, that’s where we would [meet]."
According to the actor, this is a confrontation that needs be built up to and earned "because he’s like the ultimate bad guy for Captain Marvel, Shazam," Levi explained. "Like [Shazam and] Black Adam, they’re doppelgängers right, the evil twin to who I am. So that’s got to be like the final battle. If we do that in the second movie, then where do we go after that? It would just be a movie of us sitting around playing video games for the third one, that would be very boring. Or not [laughs]. I’m a very interesting video game player. So yeah, I think that’s the idea. We’ll definitely [cross over] — the plan is to get there, but just to pace it out however it needs to pace out."
On top of the DC supervillain briefly appearing in Shazam! in a magical, holograph form, Warner Bros. also recently unveiled a deleted scene from the film teasing Black Adam's arrival.
Following Shazam!'s successful opening in April, Dwayne Johnson, who co-produced the film, released a video where he not only congratulated the cast and crew of the film, but also teased the arrival of his supervillain. According to the Hobbs & Shaw actor, the Black Adam solo film should start shooting sometime in 2020.
While there is no official start date, Levi recently revealed that Shazam 2 would begin filming "in late spring or early summer next year."
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 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 releases on digital HD on July 2 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on July 16.