James Gunn Firing Big Name After The Rock?

Zachary Levi recently revealed that he is set to return in his role as the boy-turned-superhero Shazam in the upcoming film Shazam! Fury of the Gods. There have been talks of restructuring at DC Studios and some rumors emerged that it would be Levi’s last time suiting up as the character, but he has now debunked the rumor, following James Gunn firing The Rock as Black Adam yesterday.



Zachary Levi opens up on the matter

The news came via an interaction that Levi had with a pair of fans on Twitter. Levi referred to the recently hired co-chair and co-CEO of DC Studios. The original tweet said:

“I’m so angry that Zachary Levi isn’t gonna be Shazam anymore he was the perfect casting choice and to add more salt to the wound he is close friends with James Gunn.”

Another tweet followed up by saying:

“I want this not to be true because his Shazam is [t]he ONE thing in the DCEU I would absolutely throw hands for to protect,” adding that Levi was “perfection.”

It seems the sentiment was widespread as many fans took to Twitter to similarly expressed enthusiasm for Levi’s portrayal of the character. However, Levi alleviated these fears in a quoted tweet, saying: “Oooh, I really wouldn’t go believing everything you see on the internet. I’m Gucci, Ash. We all Gucci,” adding a sunglasses emoji.


Rumors had recently emerged about pretty much every DC Studios property since Gunn and Peter Safran took over the film house in October. This is partially due to a reported shift in strategy by Gunn and Safran, who will attempt to pivot the often chaotic studio in a new direction. This includes the reported scrapping of large projects such as Wonder Woman 3 and the confirmation by Gunn that Henry Cavill would not be reprising his role as Superman in favor of a younger take on the character.

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