Shazam! wasn't a $1 billion hit, but it received positive reviews (a rarity for a DCEU movie) and was still a financial success. Next year will see the release of a sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, but what the future holds in store for the hero beyond that is hard to say.
DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran are in the midst of putting together a new 8-10 year slate for the DCU, and there's still no official word on whether actors and characters from the DCEU will carry over.
Safran produced the Shazam! movies, of course, so we'd bet on there being future plans for the magically charged hero!
During a recent convention appearance, Zachary Levi weighed in on his possible future in the DCU and seems optimistic that there could be plans for Shazam moving forward. "I'm sure most of you know who James Gunn is, because he’s made all kinds of incredible movies and television shows, like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad and stuff," the actor started.
"So he’s one of my bosses now, which is dope. Also, he’s a friend of mine, so that makes him even cooler. And then Peter Safran, who is his partner, is my producer - he produces the movie Shazam!. So your question is, 'If those are my two bosses, is there a plan and a future for Shazam?'"
"I would say 'Yeah, I would hope so. I would hope so,'" Levi continues. "Because those are my friends, and if they don’t have a plan, then they are not my friends anymore. No, sir."
Asher Angel, who plays Billy Batson, also recently weighed in on the DCU's future, and you can find his comments in the player below. As noted, we'd hazard a guess that Shazam will be sticking around, and that Dwayne Johnson will have no other choice than to accept that he'll only get the chance to return as Black Adam if it's in some sort of crossover.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to be released on March 17, 2023.