Diana Prince, Shazam!, and Arthur Curry collide in our latest roundup of news straight out of the DC Extended Universe. Movies have wrapped, box-office numbers are swelling, and crossover characters confirmed. Let's get on with it, shall we?
Up first on the docket is the news that Wonder Woman 1984 has finished principal photography, according to star Gal Gadot.
"We did it. Again!! And as much as the first time shooting Wonder Woman was amazing, this time was even more unique and special," wrote the Israeli actress on Instagram. "We shot in 4 very different locations in 3 countries, and I'm so soooo proud of the almost 1000 crew members who came to set every day, giving everything they have into our movie. Couldn't ask for better partners on this.. I'm so lucky to have the one and only Patty Jenkins, as my director. She always has our backs, she gives us the wings to dare, and everyday she helped us find the most creative version of ourselves .. I am so grateful to call her my friend. And to our AMAZINGly talented cast who made every day enjoyable and fun, thank you!"
Taking place in 1984, the sequel will see Diana square off against the villain known as Cheetah, played by Ghostbusters' Kristen Wiig. Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is also returning, despite dying at the end of the first film. Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, and Kristoffer Polaha are also a part of the cast.
Wonder Woman 1984 lassos into theaters on June 5, 2020.
"Andi Osho is basically playing the same character in Lights Out and Shazam," Sandberg wrote on Twitter, following up on his easter egg promise from back in June. He jokingly followed that up with "And Diana briefly dated Darkseid in high school."
The movie stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a wayward foster kid who is chosen to be the champion of the wizard known as Shazam (Djimon Hounsou). Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he transforms into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi), also known as "Captain Marvel" in the DC Universe, with super strength and bullet invincibility.
Penned by Earth to Echo's Henry Gayden, the film co-stars Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy's fellow foster kid Freddy Freeman and Mark Strong as the central antagonist, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Sivana really despises Shazam because he was passed over as a child to wield the wizard's powers.
Shazam! arrives in theaters April 5, nearly a month after the debut of Marvel's own take on Captain Marvel.
The feature made a splash (pun intended) at the domestic box office this past weekend, easily reeling in the top spot with $72 million from North American theaters.
Thanks to foreign debuts as well as early screenings for Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S., Aquaman is fast approaching $500 million worldwide.