In support of Black Lives Matter, screenwriter Henry Gayden is prompting people to donate as he releases scripted scenes from Shazam! that didn’t make it into the final cut.
On Twitter, Gayden first shared a scene in which the hero Shazam crashes into an office building and does a Kool-Aid Man impression, describing the campaign as, “A Feat of Strength for a Feat of Strength.” The writer explains, “For 7 days, I will post never-shot feats from Shazam! and ask you to donate — any amount helps! — to the true heroes out there making change happen in real time.” Gayden included a link to a Black Lives Matter donation page.
Black Lives Matter protests have continued to take place across the world with a multitude of people attending to show their support. Additionally, many celebrities and companies have offered large donations to the cause, including Pokemon, Ubisoft and Intel.
In addition to writing 2019’s Shazam!, Gayden will return to pen the film’s upcoming sequel, though plot details have yet to be released. Production on Shazam! 2 is currently on hold due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which also caused the film’s planned release date to move from April 2022 to later that year in November.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. Shazam! 2 soars into theaters Nov. 4, 2022.
Henry Gayden, who wrote 2019's Shazam!, is sharing non-filmed scenes from the script while asking for people to donate to Black Lives Matter.