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James Gunn Won’t Let Shazam 2 Canonize Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Officially Establish Snyderverse in DCU? Deleted Scene Reveals Details

James Gunn Won't Let Shazam 2 Canonize Zack Snyder's Justice League, Officially Establish Snyderverse in DCU? Deleted Scene Reveals Details

An extended scene from Shazam 2 indicates that Justice League could no longer be a canon in the DCU. After James Gunn took over as the co-CEO of DC Studios, fans expected him to continue Zack Snyder’s DCEU, most probably with a Man of Steel sequel, marking the return of Henry Cavill as Superman. However, the filmmaker had his own plans, as he announced that he plans to develop his own DCU by rebooting the existing universe. He also said that it will be a soft reboot, and some of the existing cast could continue under the new DCU as well.

Zack Snyder's Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League

This led many fans to expect that Snyderverse films could serve as a canon of the new DCU. However, an extended scene from Shazam! Fury of the Gods does not indicate that the co-CEOs have plans to canonize Justice League with the new DCU.

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Shazam 2 Deleted Scene Refers to Justice League

Almost a month after the release of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, a Twitter user shared a deleted extended scene from the sequel. The extended scene from Zachary Levi’s Shazam 2 features Billy and Freddy in a conversation where Billy questions Freddy about going solo without the rest of them.

Zachary Levi in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
A still from Shazam 2

He then goes on to justify his actions and mentions Wonder Woman, before saying, “When someone says Gotham City, who do you think of? You think of Batman because it’s a one supe town.” Freddy also mentions that they would team up in the wake of threats like “giant portals in the sky, weird insect-like drone armies, pissed off aliens.”

It directly refers to Darkseid’s insectile Parademon army, who tried to conquer the Earth during the events of the DC film Justice League. However, the scene was edited out of the final cut, which has led to the belief that the events of Justice League will be decanonized from the new DCU.

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Justice League Would Not be Canon to the New DCU

Considering the scene, which includes mentions of Justice League villains, was removed from Shazam 2’s final theatrical cut, it is assumed that James Gunn may not have plans to keep Justice League or the Snyderverse as a canon to the new DCU.

Justice League
Justice League

The upcoming DC film The Flash will reboot the existing universe, known as DC Extended Universe, and the following films are expected to be a part of the new DCU. However, it is still not confirmed if Aquaman and the Lost Island will fit under the new universe.

Cutting out the scene from the final version also raises the question if Shazam 2 takes place before or after the events of The Flash. And the appearance of Wonder Woman and some characters from Peacemaker has made it only more confusing.

Wonder Woman in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Wonder Woman in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

While Shazam 2 star Zachary Levi seemed confident about his future, he also mentioned that it depends on the film’s performance, which wasn’t too impressive.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is playing in theatres now.

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Source: Twitter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.