As James Gunn sets up to take DC Films into a new direction along with his co-CEO Peter Safran, the old DCEU has to be sacrificed in order for something new to emerge. With the release of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and the upcoming The Flash are all set to become the remnants of the old DCEU regime, it’ll be an interesting wait till we see the new management get the new DCU rolling.
But as the new era of DC Films is on the horizon, the sun has already set for some of the stars from the prior cinematic universe. The decision of the management to fire Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and allegedly Gal Gadot was a major blow to the fandom in general and something that became quite a heated backlash. But as the fans witness Zachary Levi in the new film, they feel like it’s time for another replacement.
Fans Demand The Replacement Of Zachary Levi For Another Shazam!
After a relatively impressive performance at the box office with the original Shazam! the audience was excited to look forward to the next installment in the franchise. But before that could even happen, the management shifted and James Gunn started dismantling the DCEU, removing major players from the cinematic universe like firing Henry Cavill as Superman for a younger version of the superhero in the future, along with Ben Affleck as Batman.
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And with the release of the much-awaited Shazam! Fury of the Gods, people have now started to take a stance against Zachary Levi as well. With the box office performance of the film being a disaster, the audience members are unhappy with the fact that all their anticipation was for nothing. Thus, there have been talks about the idea of changing Levi for another star as the old regime of DC Films is being reshuffled.
Should James Gunn continue to use Zachary Levi as Shazam for the new DC cinematic universe? #ShazamFuryOfTheGods pic.twitter.com/DveP07rWbx
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) March 22, 2023
Fans have taken to Twitter to let their opinions be heard about whether they would like Levi to be recast or not!
I liked him but no. If Cavill and Affleck are gone, shazam and wonderwoman should be too. Also he looks too old and Shazam needs to be younger like Superman
— Wasi (@MohammedWasi2) March 22, 2023
Yesss he is the perfect Shazam
— MarvelMan (@MarvelMan9726) March 22, 2023
— Ben (@herdingon) March 22, 2023
I don’t think he should use anything or anyone from DCEU. Clean slate.
— Isaac Clarke (@TauVolantis12) March 22, 2023
As much as I would love to, Zach, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer are what compliment each other so well and they are getting older. And the storyline has been completely fucked due to their connection with the DCEU so a reboot is definitely needed.
— KoolKat92 (@Koolkat_92) March 22, 2023
While The Suicide Squad director might not have made a decision yet about continuing Levi as the protagonist or not, it remains to see what his opinions are after the performance of the film in cinemas.
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What To Expect From The New DCU?
The mind of James Gunn is something that can churn out masterpieces with relative effort, and his director and comic book fanboy chops definitely make him one of the best people to take the charge of rebuilding the new DCU from the ground up. Already ready with a plan for the new universe titled ‘Gods and Monsters’ which will be the first chapter in the wider narrative, the Guardians of The Galaxy director would have to make an impression on the audience and the fandom if he wants to succeed.
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods, now in cinemas