‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi Throws Shade At James Gunn For Brother’s DCU Roles

Is it nepotism?

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Sean Gunn recently landed a new DCU role as Maxwell Lord. During a recent interview, Shazam! star Zachary Levi called out the actor for landing multiple DC Comics roles while being the brother of DC Studios co-head James Gunn.

It seems as though Zachary Levi’s time with Shazam! is coming to an end, with Fury of the Gods flopping at the box office and James Gunn taking the DCU in a new direction with the reboot alongside veteran producer Peter Safran. When asked if he’d be interested in returning as a different character in the DC Universe like Sean Gunn, Levi took a quick jab at the actor, saying “When you’re the brother of the guy who runs DC, I guess you get to play who you want.”

Zachary Levi isn’t the only person spouting calls of nepotism against Sean Gunn for his roles in the new DCU. However, Sean has had plenty of roles outside of cameos in James Gunn’s projects, proving himself to have the acting chops to contend with the Shazam! star. While it can’t be denied their familial relationship played a factor, DC fans shouldn’t discount Sean Gunn’s abilities.

The talent behind the Shazam! sequel

David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! Fury of the Gods from a script written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan, Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The film stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Millans, Cooper Andrews, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.

The official Shazam! Fury of the Gods synopsis reads as follows: “Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.”

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Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

Anthony has always had a love for stories. An aspiring screenwriter and video editor, he takes pride in connecting fans with the latest heroic news!