Warner Bros. Pictures is not done this week scheduling its upcoming movies. Following The Matrix 4, The Flash, and Mortal Kombat announcements, the studio has now also set the Shazam 2 release date. You can expect the sequel to the DC film on April 1, 2022, and that’s no joke. While no other movie is schedule for that date, it’s just a week before the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel swings into theaters.
In other release date news, Warner Bros. has also pushed back the Sesame Street feature film from June 4, 2021 to January 14, 2022. And Focus Features will release Never Rarely Sometimes Always in limited theaters on March 13, 2022.
The first Shazam! movie opened in theaters on April 5, 2019 and grossed $364.6 million worldwide, with $140.4 million coming from North America and $224.2 million from overseas markets. It is an origin story that stars Zachary Levi as the titular DC super hero, along with Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong in the role of super-villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. David F. Sandberg directed from a script by Henry Gayden and Peter Safran produced.
Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews (TV’s The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (TV’s Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as the Wizard.
Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion
Never Rarely Sometimes Always comes from acclaimed director/writer Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats) anchored by newcomer Sidney Flanigan, co-starring Talia Ryder along with Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, and Sharon Van Etten. The film is produced by Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy.