With the announcement of their plans for the DCU, the duo of James Gunn and Peter Safran have revealed their roadmap, which will be implemented to craft the new DCU. And although Gunn is scrapping the old DCEU, it appears that some actors from the old universe will likely reprise their roles, including the Shazam actor Zachary Levi.
But fans haven’t been entertained by the idea of Zachary Levi moving forward in the new DCU due to his recent controversial comments against Pfizer. Fans have now urged James Gunn to remove Zachary Levi from his role in the DCU.
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James Gunn addresses Zachary Levi’s controversy
Even though the Shazam star Zachary Levi has fallen into a pit of controversy, the DCU head James Gunn doesn’t seem to be bothered by the actor’s viewpoints. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the director was asked about Zachary Levi’s recent comments against the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, known for its COVID-19 vaccine, which has led many to believe that the actor shares anti-vaccine views.
In response, James Gunn shared that he will not be concerning himself over his colleague’s opinions and isn’t going to recast and rewrite the entire story because of someone sharing a different perspective. But the director agreed that if someone’s action is found to be morally reprehensible, then they will take that into account. Gunn went on to state,
“I can’t be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don’t agree with. At the same token, if someone is doing something morally reprehensible, that’s a different story. And we have to take that into account.”
Although the reasoning behind James Gunn’s motives to keep the Shazam actor onboard seems reasonable. But the fans, which have been in a state of despair since the cancellation of Snyderverse and removal of Henry Cavill, now demand Zachary Levi quit his role in DCU.
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Fans demand Zachary Levi quit the role of Shazam
Fans have shared their disapproval with the DC studio head after James Gunn hinted towards the inclusion of Zachary Levi’s Shazam in the new DCU. They have called out the actor for his controversial viewpoints and have asked the Shazam actor to quit his role in the DC universe.
Fans have argued over DC’s tactics to keep the controversial actors around while kicking out the deserved ones. They called out James Gunn and DC studios for removing Henry Cavill from the role of Superman and putting a finished Batgirl movie in the trash. The fans have now demanded that DC should remove Zachary Levi from the role of Shazam.
Speaks volumes about the ethics and values behind the wheel.
— Filthy Rando (Blue Checkmark) (@FilthyRando) February 1, 2023
And Shazam! I lose all respect for you and won't watch any movie or TV show you make ever again… 😉
— Dr James Morris @firstname.lastname@example.org (@Cyberwest) February 1, 2023
Lol it sucks to be a DC fan nowadays doesn’t it 😆 😂
— Iryna O (@IOvanesian) February 1, 2023
— Adam Christie (@AdamChristieArt) January 31, 2023
Facts…I am not going to support Miller or Levi….
— True Words Are Spoken (@TruWordsRSpoken) January 31, 2023
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Fans, who have been overwhelmed by sadness after the removal of Henry Cavill from DC, have urged the DC executives to drop Levi from the role. But even after the controversies surrounding the actor, Zachary Levi’s future under the new leadership seems promising.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit theatres on 17 March 2023.