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“That was not the original intent”: Zachary Levi Blames DCU Bosses for James Gunn’s Wife Jennifer Holland’s Cameo in Shazam 2 Instead of Hawkman and Cyclone

"That was not the original intent": Zachary Levi Blames DCU Bosses for James Gunn's Wife Jennifer Holland's Cameo in Shazam 2 Instead of Hawkman and Cyclone

Following the release of Shazam! Fury of Gods, which isn’t being well received at the box office, Zachary Levi has been pretty outspoken about the possible factors that resulted in the movie’s failure. The actor has previously pointed out several reasons, involving the toxic portion of the DC fandom and WB’s poor marketing for the sequel’s failure.

However, these aren’t the only issues that the actor has pressed over the movie’s failure at the box office. Levi further went on to accuse the studios of not letting them implement their original plans for the mid-credit scene.

Also read: Zachary Levi Extends Olive Branch after Accusing Zack Snyder Fans Destroyed Shazam 2: “I haven’t blamed anybody”

Zachary Levi as Shazam
Zachary Levi as Shazam

Zachary Levi shared their original plans for Shazam! 2′s mid-credit scene was thwarted

Since the release of the Shazam! sequel, Zachary Levi has been pretty transparent with his fans about the troublesome production that led to the inclusion of Jennifer Holland in the mid-credit scene. During his live Instagram session, Levi addressed the matter and clarified that James Gunn’s wife Jennifer Holland, and Steve Agee weren’t the original choices to invite Levi to join the Justice Society of America. He explained that Hawkman and Cyclone were the initial choices but it was eventually scrapped. He said,

“That was not the original intent. The original intent was to have Hawkman and Cyclone be there inviting me [into the Justice Society]. Walter Hamada, Peter Safran, David Sandberg … we had an awesome scene that would have tied me into the JSA with Hawkman and with Cyclone and we were thwarted.”

The actor also explained that he isn’t blaming anyone for the movie’s poor performance at the box office as he went on to state, “I’m merely coming to the defense of the truth”. 

Also read: “That’s a real shame”: Shazam 2 Star Zachary Levi Slyly Disses Zack Snyder for Making Superhero Movies ‘Dark and Brooding’ After Sequel’s Critical Failure 

Hawkman from Black Adam
Hawkman from Black Adam

Zachary Levi tried his hardest to bring back Henry Cavill in 2019’s Shazam!

“He wasn’t a headless Superman because we wanted him to be a headless Superman. We were thwarted. All of these hardworking people were thwarted. We were not allowed to have that happen.”

Also read: “We tried desperately to get him”: Shazam 2 Star Zachary Levi Claims He Fought for Henry Cavill Before Dwayne Johnson, Reveals WB Forced ‘Headless Cameo’ to Sabotage Plans

Shazam (2019)
Shazam! (2019)

With the DC universe heading toward its reboot with the upcoming The Flash, following Shazam! Fury of the God’s poor performance, Zachary Levi’s future in the new DCU looks uncertain.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently running in theatres.

Source: Zachary Levi’s Instagram

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 500 articles.