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Shazam 2 Director Blasts Fans for Demanding James Gunn Cancel Zachary Levi Franchise, Says Shazam 3 Not Possible if “People don’t go see the movie”

Shazam 2 Director Blasts Fans for Demanding James Gunn Cancel Zachary Levi Franchise, Says Shazam 3 Not Possible if "People don't go see the movie"

We all know what’s going on at the DC Studios on a surface level. Starting with Henry Cavill’s sudden removal from the DC Universe to incorporate Peter Safran and James Gunn’s vision, things haven’t been the best for the studios. Fans are not happy with the uncertainties of the superhero universe and with Shazam 2 releasing soon, the worries are only increasing.

Zachary Levi in Shazam 2
Zachary Levi in Shazam 2

Even though Shazam 2 promises a ton of excitement with the new characters, a lot of fans have doubts about Shazam being a part of DCU’s future. With James Gunn and Peter Safran bringing their vision to life, fans are concerned who might be shown the exit door next and this can be a bit off-putting. However, the film’s director took it upon himself to clear those doubts.

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Is Shazam 2 the End of the Road for the Character?

David F. Sandberg
David F. Sandberg

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Zachary Levi will once again be seen as the humorous superhero fighting alongside his family as they battle it out with some powerful villains. However, with Superman: Legacy in 2025, the DCU will officially step into James Gunn and Peter Safran’s vision, which might be causing some confusion among fans. A Twitter user asked Shazam! Fury of the Gods director, David F. Sandberg whether Shazam will have a role in the DCU going ahead or not. The user also stated that they did not feel like watching the film owing to the “drama” that is currently going on at the studios.

It looks like Sandberg wasn’t a big fan of the question as he replied to the fan’s tweet stating that Shazam “definitely” won’t be a part of DCU’s future if people do not go and watch the film. Reassuring the fans, Sandberg added that he has been told the Shazam franchise does not disrupt DCU’s future in any way. He continued that there could be more appearances from Levi’s superhero and fans should watch the upcoming sequel if they wish to see the actor continue playing Billy Batson.

Well, there you have it. While Sandberg has assured his fans about Shazam not interrupting the vision, the best way to make sure the superhero stays is by supporting the film in the theatres.

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Is Shazam 2 Going Through Some Tweaks?

Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Shazam! Fury of the Gods

It’s pretty common for a film to go through very last-minute changes if the team wishes to do so. However, fans can rest assured that they will get to see the Shazam! Fury of the Gods in its original form. Sandberg is on a quest to shut down misinformation spreading around about his film as he takes to Reddit to answer a burning question. A fan tagged Sandberg’s Reddit handle, u/dauid, asking him if Gunn had added anything to Fury of the Gods.

Sandberg replied to the comment with a negative. He revealed that the film was delivered right before Gunn and Safran started their regime. He added that while productions can add things to a film later on, it was not the case for Shazam 2.

“No. The finished movie was delivered end of October last year, so right before he officially began the job. Sure sometimes productions can add scenes or do changes very last minute but nothing has changed on Shazam. It’s a freestanding story and they have told me it doesn’t affect or interfere with future DCU plans so no reason to change anything.”

That sure is a sigh of relief! It’s quite interesting to imagine how Levi’s Shazam will fall into Gunn and Safran’s plans for the future.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods will release in theatres on March 17, 2023.

Source: Twitter | David F. Sandberg

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.