One of the few glowing successes of the DC Extended Universe was 2019's Shazam! which saw Zachary Levi star as the titular character in a film far more lighthearted than what the DCEU had delivered thus far. While it was a modest success at the box office ($366 million on an estimated $100 million budget), it was a critical success (again, a rarity for the DCEU at that point). And so it's not surprising a sequel is on the way titled Shazam! Fury of the Gods that will see much of the principal cast returning along with Helen Mirren joining in a villainous role. That film won't land in theaters until June 3rd, 2023, but for young audiences, they won't have to wait that long to see Levi's take on the character again.
It's been confirmed today that a middle-school graphic novel set in the continuity of the DCEU films will be released focused on Levi's Shazam titled Shazam! Thundercrack. You can check out the cover art for the novel below:
Written and drawn by Yehudi Mercado, Thundercrack will follow Billy Batson who, due to his serial tardiness in school, is offered an ultimatum: join the football team as the new quarterback as the new quarterback for the Fawcett Tigers or endless detention. It is on the field that Billy will deal with his newfound strength he's gained from training to be a superhero along with his growing ego in hopes of staying in school. It's been confirmed that Billy's best friend and foster brother Freddy will appear along with Billy's foster dad Victor, who will offer guidance to Billy as he takes the football field.
The story, published by DC's Books for Young Readers Line, will be available online and at book stores on June 7, 2022. Stay tuned!