Zachary Levi has been playing as Billy Batson for a while now and his sequel for Shazam! is going to be released soon as well. Surprisingly so, this was not the first superhero role that he auditioned for. James Gunn is more connected to the DC Universe star than fans would first assume.
James Gunn has recently been completely changing the DCU, one step at a time he’s formulating a plan for the franchise to have a structured storyline. Both he and the Shazam! Fury of the Gods producer are now CEOs of the DCU and with it, are being faced with a lot of backlash from the fans for their decisions. However, Levi has stepped up to defend the two.
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Zachary Levi Deems James Gunn To Be Exactly What DC Might Need
Zachary Levi revealed that he had initially auditioned for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy series for the role of Star-Lord, a character that ultimately became Chris Pratt’s. What came to him as a surprise was that to get the role of Billy Batson, the producer personally recommended him and suggested Levi play the titular role.
“So when Peter Safran, the producer of Shazam, came to me asking about who would be good as the character I strongly suggested Zach. I’ve been told by Peter and the DC folks that’s what got the ball rolling. But I think it was #zacharylevi’s immense talent that did that.”
The fact that both of them are his bosses now makes him joyous and he cannot wait to see what Gunn and Safran are planning for the DCU. He thinks the two are ideal to be CEOs and are aware of what they’re doing. He always wanted an opportunity to work with Gunn and now he can with every new project he does with DC and Warner Bros. Discovery.
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Zachary Levi Will Reprise His Role As Captain Marvel in Shazam! Sequel
While rumors pertaining cancellation of the Wonder Woman movie, as well as Henry Cavill not being a part of the franchise anymore there have also been rumors of Jason Momoa being recast as Lobo besides the scrapping of the Aquaman series as well. However, Zachary Levi’s Shazam! and its sequel seem to be going strong.
The first movie itself had been a success for the DCU and now Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been creating hype for what the Marvel family is to bring to the fans.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will be available to watch throughout theatres from 17th March 2023.
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