06 Oct 2020 4:17 PM +00:00 UTC

Shazam 2 Director Says Production Not Affected by Sequel's Delayed Release Date

In case you missed it, Shazam: Fury of the Gods will be delayed and won't hit theaters until 2023. Not surprisingly, the delay already has fans concerned that the young cast will look too grown up by the time the DC Extended Universe sequel premieres in three years. However, director David F. Sandberg has confirmed that the new release date will not affect their intended production start date.

Sandberg recently took to his official Twitter account to joke about the Shazam 2 delay, making a reference to Tom Cruise's outer space movie. However, he also assured fans that production on Fury of the Gods will still start filming as soon as possible.

"And Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now a summer 2023 film... WB was like 'can't you just use fake beards on the kids?' and I was like 'If Tom Cruise is going to space for real then we can wait for the kids to grow real beards! It's an important plot point,'" Sandberg wrote. He then added another tweet with an update on filming.

"Seriously though, it doesn't mean we have to change the shooting schedule so no need to freak out about the age of the kids. You can freak out about your own age though. I'll be 42 in three years. How about that!" Sandberg wrote.

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It's no secret that the crew has been hoping to get started on filming as soon as possible while the young cast still looks like kids. Hopefully, production can start immediately. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

Shazam: Fury of the Gods is scheduled for release on June 2, 2023.

Related: Shazam 2 Will Not Premiere Until 2023