It didn’t take long for Warner Brothers to announce that a Shazam! sequel was in the works with screenwriter Henry Gayden returning and director David F. Sandberg also expected to return. The movie opened to strong reviews and ultimately ended up making $360 million worldwide. At the time it was unclear if the immediate sequel would bring Dwayne Johnson on board as the antihero / villain Black Adam, but now it is looking likely that he will debut in his own solo film. That movie now has a director although it does not yet have a release date. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, The Commuter) will direct Black Adam for New Line / Warner Brothers. He is best known for his collaborations with Liam Neeson, having helmed such movies as Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night but is currently directing Jungle Cruise for Disney. Dwayne Johnson is starring in that movie and also in Black Adam, which probably explains how he landed the gig.
Collet-Serra has been on the verge of jumping to big budget blockbuster territory for a while now, after having operated in the increasingly rare mid-range zone for over a decade. There are rumours that the Black Adam movie might also feature a few other DC characters as well including Hawkman and Stargirl, so this could be a bigger movie than originally anticipated. The movie is expected to shoot sometime next year. Are you looking forward to Black Adam?