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Shazam Actor Zachary Levi Responds to James Gunn Kicking Him Out of DCU Because of His Age Speculation After Henry Cavill and The Rock’s Exit

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At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if James Gunn retreated to the Himalayas for all time to come amidst all the incessant, vehement backlash he’s been facing.

For the past month or so, the actions of the DCU co-heads have been the subject of sharp censure from fans. But slowly and steadily, even other celebrities seem to be joining this campaign of hatred, especially those who have already worked in the superhero franchise.

Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi

In response to rumors about Shazam! star Zachary Levi being recast due to his age, the actor left a taunting remark which might just be aimed at the Peacemaker director.

Related: The Rock Reportedly Refused Cameo in Shazam 2, Prompted ‘Be Humble’ Diss From Zachary Levi For Only Wanting to Fight Henry Cavill’s Superman

Zachary Levi Leaves A Derisive Remark in Response to Rumors 

James Gunn has managed to go from one of the most admired to outright despised CEOs, courtesy of his controversial managerial tactics at DC Studios.

Due to Gunn and Peter Safran’s decision to build an entirely new DCU by disintegrating the DCEU, actors like Henry Cavill and Dwayne Johnson will no longer be seen in highly anticipated sequels of Superman and Black Adam respectively.

Related: “He clearly wasn’t interested in this rivalry”: DC Fans Furious With Dwayne Johnson Going to War Against James Gunn by Turning Down the Cameo in Shazam 2 After Henry Cavill’s Exit

Shazam Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi as Shazam

Gunn, 56, had very clearly stated that the main reason behind recasting Henry Cavill’s Superman was the British actor’s age factor. To put it simply, they’re planning on portraying a much younger version of Clark Kent. Following this chaotic restructuring at the organization, fans became perturbed about the fate of their other favorite superhero characters and the actors playing them. And someone even pointed out how as Zachary Levi is in his ’40s, the same could happen to him as well.

A Twitter user posted a screenshot of Levi’s age, claiming that because he’s basically “a grandpa,” Gunn would probably kick him out of the DCU as well. To that, the American Underdog actor replied with a simple yet hilarious “ageist” for an answer.

Just recently, Levi seemingly debunked rumors about his superhero character being recast. Given how Cavill packed his bags at DC to be replaced by someone younger, rumors started to bubble up that the Chuck star might just end up in a similar position. But apparently, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

DC’s Shazam Will Hopefully Not be Recast 

When a fan mentioned how they would hate to see Levi go from DC, given how impeccably he depicts Captain Marvel, aka, Shazam, the actor clarified his status at the studio. Noting how one shouldn’t “go believing everything” they come across on social media, the Remember Sunday star seems to have consoled fans as of now.

Related: “She said ‘yes’ straight away”: Shazam: Fury of the Gods Director David F. Sandberg Reveals Helen Mirren Desperately Wanted To Be a Part of the Superhero Genre

Shazam! Fury Of The Gods sets Gal Gadot's cameo
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods

Not to mention, Levi is all set to star in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the sequel to the 2019 action/adventure film that is soon to be released in the upcoming year. So, the future doesn’t seem to be particularly dark for Levi’s Shazam. And considering how Gunn can’t afford to upset the audience anymore, he probably won’t be recasting the actor either. Or at least that’s the hope.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods will premiere on March 17, 2023.

Source: Twitter

Written by Khushi Shah

An author at FandomWire, an abnormal psychology student, and an avid reader of dark fiction, I love to read and write and have been indulging in the same for years.