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‘Shazam is done’: James Gunn Reportedly Kicking Zachary Levi Out as Punishment for Threatening a DCU Shutdown With Controversial Tweet

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Zachary Levi is well known for playing the role of Billy Batson aka Captain Marvel in the 2019 DC movie Shazam! Other than his famous superhero role, Levi was critically acclaimed for his marvelous performance in Chuck. Levi has always been open to his fans by sharing his mental struggles and opinions. But this particular time it looks like Levi’s opinions have caused him massive harm by souring his relationship with the DC studios and its co-CEO James Gunn.

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Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi Pfizer Controversy

Chuck star recently took to his Twitter to share some of his opinions on the world’s leading pharmaceutical brand Pfizer. Levi responded to the tweet of Lyndon Wood, the UK’s most successful and dynamic entrepreneur. Shazam! Star responded to Wood’s tweet which stated his opinion on the harm caused to the public by Pfizer with a question mark to know the public’s opinion on it. It looks like the DC superhero’s opinion aligned with Wood and the actor responded by saying “Hardcore agree.”

It goes on without saying that Levi’s tweet got him some public attention. Though neither Levi nor Wood ever mentioned Pfizer’s vaccine, it was interpreted by the public that the Chuck star was referring to the alleged, but unconfirmed news of side effects of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and his tweet came out to be the new addition to the motion of Anti-Vax. 

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James Gunn upset with Zachary Levi
James Gunn upset with Zachary Levi

James Gunn’s Response to Zachary Levi’s Pfizer Tweet

The very question that stumped the mind of the public after looking at Levi’s tweet was what will be the consequence of the Shazam! star will face post his tweet. James Gunn made his public appearance soon after to announce his plans for the upcoming DCU project slate. The public was excited to know Gunn’s response to Levi’s tweet as the news regarding the exit of Levi from DCU emerged soon after his controversial tweet. 

“Actors, filmmakers I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don’t agree with. That’s going to happen. I don’t have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. I can’t be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don’t agree with. By the same token, if someone is doing something morally reprehensible, that’s a different story. We have to take that stuff into account. It’s a balance, it’s a modern world, it’s a different place.”

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Grace Randolph
Grace Randolph

Grace Randolph on Zachary Levi’s DCU Exit

As per the YouTuber and reporter Grace Randolph, there was no future for Zachary Levi in DCU as Shazam! is done way back. The famous YouTuber matched Levi’s condition with MCU superhero Chris Patt who had been in a similar situation before. As per Randolph Levi’s exit will be similar to Henry Cavill’s exit based on the expiration of the contract which will never get renewed. 

“What’s going on with Zachary Levi? Zachary Levi is a very religious individual. I saw somebody tweet, ‘Zachary Levi is what you accuse Chris Pratt of being,’ And I don’t know if everyone is wrong about Chris Pratt, but it seems as if Zachary Levi is cut from the same cloth as Chris Pratt, down to being even a bit of an evangelist. But he’s not DC’s problem anymore, at least not for a very long time as I heard that Shazam is done. Again, James Gunn will not have to say he fired anybody, he’s just not going to continue with the contracts. There’s no contract for more movies so he’s just not going to renew it”

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

The future of the Chuck star in the DCU is still unclear but one thing is for sure Levi will still be seen one last time reprising the role of Captain Marvel in the upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods which will be released on March 17, 2023. 

Source: Bounding To Comics and Deadline 

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Written by Vivek Kumar

A young passionate mind with a knack for writing. Vivek Kumar is currently majoring in Psychology and is set to share his thoughts with the rest of the world with his critical writing. If he is not writing he can be seen binging anime.