Those holding out hope that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Black Adam will square off against Zachary Levi's Shazam in the upcoming sequel need to manage expectations. According to Levi, his titular DC hero and Black Adam won't actually meet face-to-face until Shazam 3. And that's assuming we ever even get that far.
Zachary Levi was recently a guest at Germany's CCXP Cologne convention. While speaking at the event, he was asked about the presumed eventuality of meeting Black Adam, given that the character is his biggest foe from the world of DC Comics. Unfortunately, the actor revealed that a lot needs to take place before this surely epic battle can happen. Here's what Levi had to say about it.
"I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam!, 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 like that, that's where we would meet."
Before we dig in here, this is not to say that plans can't change, and Zachary Levi is the star of this franchise, but he isn't the brass at Warner Bros. He's explaining what he knows, to the best of his knowledge. That said, this would mean three other movies would need to happen before Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam would be brought into Shazam 3. That is a very tall order. The question now becomes, how likely is it all of those right pieces fall into place?
Shazam 2 is happening. The script is already being written and Warner Bros. wants it to happen. So that's no concern. Dwayne Johnson keeps saying his solo Black Adam movie is going to happen, but it feels like that keeps getting pushed back. Then we have to assume that venture will go well enough to warrant a sequel, which Johnson would then have to fit into his insanely busy schedule. Then, and only then, could a version of Shazam 3 take place, in which, Billy Batson takes on his arch nemesis. The path of least resistance here seems to be skipping a Black Adam sequel.
Shazam, directed by David F. Sandberg, helped course correct for the DCEU following the release of Justice League. The movie made just $364 million at the box office, but with its reasonable (comparatively speaking) $100 million budget, it was probably, albeit just barely, profitable. However, the response from both critics and audiences alike was outstanding, which is why Shazam 2 is already in the works. As for who the hero will fight if it's not Black Adam? We'll have to wait and see. Though, the post-credit scene from the first movie did provide some clues. This news was previously reported by Comicbook.com.