The next decade of the DC film universe is coming into view.
Deadline reports the sequel to last April’s Shazam! will bout on April 1st, 2022. The film joins a 2020s release slate which includes February’s Birds of Prey, June’s Wonder Woman 1984, and the 2021 releases of The Batman, The Suicide Squad and Black Adam. It also joins the 2022 calendar alongside The Flash and Aquaman 2.
Details are, of course, unknown. Presumably star Zachary Levi and Asher Angel will return as Shazam and Billy Batson, respectively, with the rest of the newly formed Shazam Family taking on Mr. Mind — the evil genius caterpillar teased in the first film’s stinger scene. And considering Black Adam will beat it to theaters by a few months, one imagines the character (played by Dwayne Johnson) will feature in his own stinger scene.
The slate is, in fact, a far cry from Warner Bros. Pictures initial calendar of films in the wake of Man of Steel, which included a Justice League sequel and spin-off features for The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) which never materialized even as their original release dates passed. Also, the tone of the pictures appear to vary, with Shazam! and Aquaman proving to be lighter than Justice League or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Of course, as we mentioned when The Flash‘s new release date was announced, we have serious doubts that it will actually happen because of its development history. The Shazam! sequel, on the other hand, will definitely hit its release date.
Other projects in the works for Warner’s DC slate include Ava DuVernay’s New Gods, a project based on The Trench seen in Aquaman, and Batgirl with Birds of Prey‘s Christina Hodson attached as a writer. The status of projects like Green Lantern Corps., Supergirl, and Lobo remain unknown.