In the ever-evolving landscape of the DC Universe, tensions are rising as Zachary Levi, the charismatic star of Shazam, vents his frustrations over the uncertain future of the franchise. Levi’s grievances have found a target in none other than acclaimed director James Gunn, who stands accused of nepotism in his casting decisions. Let’s delve into the heart of this Hollywood storm and uncover the intricacies of this unfolding drama.
The Shazam Sequel Debacle
Zachary Levi, known for bringing the beloved character Billy Batson, aka Shazam, to life in 2019, finds himself at the center of controversy. The release of the much-anticipated sequel in 2022 was marred by controversies surrounding Gal Gadot’s unexpected cameo as Wonder Woman. Despite the star-studded cast and Levi’s magnetic performance, the film failed to resonate with audiences, leading to disappointment at the box office.
Director David F Sandberg’s announcement that he would not helm another superhero movie further fueled speculation about the challenges behind the scenes. Levi, however, didn’t shy away from pointing fingers, squarely blaming the studio giant, Warner Bros, for the sequel’s lackluster performance.
Zachery Levi on if he’s interested in going the Jason Momoa and Sean Gunn route in playing a whole new character in James Gunn’s DCU:— DC Film News (@DCFilmNews) December 11, 2023
“When you’re the brother of the guy who runs DC, I guess you get to play who you want.”
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Levi Takes Aim at James Gunn’s Casting Choices
The plot thickens as Zachary Levi’s discontent takes a direct hit at James Gunn, the creative force behind the new DC Universe. In an exclusive interview with ComicBook, Levi did not mince words, alleging that Gunn’s casting decisions are tainted by nepotism. The focal point of Levi’s criticism revolves around the selection of James Gunn’s brother, Sean Gunn, for the role of Maxwell Lord in the new DCU, jointly overseen by Gunn and producer Peter Safran.
Levi’s sharp remark, “When you’re the brother of the guy who runs DC, I guess you get to play who you want,” echoes through the industry, raising questions about fairness and transparency in Hollywood’s casting processes. The interview also explored whether Levi himself would consider taking on a role in the new DCU, highlighting alternatives like Jason Momoa or Sean Gunn.