Zachary Levi has revealed new details about the scrapped crossover between the Black Adam and Shazam series.
During a recent live session on his official Instagram page, Zachary Levi opened up about the original Black Adam post-credits scene that was supposed to feature Shazam. According to Levi, Hawkman and Cyclone were the Justice Society characters in the scene, with the two DC Comics heroes trying to recruit Shazam.
“I may or may not have, you know, reposted something in my stories about a story that I had nothing to do with, that [The Wrap] had reported,” Levi explained. “And then I got flack about it, because people were saying, ‘You’re trying to blame this guy because you’re not doing well. You’re trying to blame…’ Listen, I haven’t blamed anybody. There’s not one single person that I have blamed for anything about the way that our movie has performed. If you’re listening to videos, or watching videos of me, or looking at things and you’re getting that idea — you are being fooled. You are being brainwashed. You are looking at propaganda. Those are clips. Those are edited. Those are taken completely out of context. And so, I just encourage you, if you’re out there if you’re hearing this right now — and by the way, this will probably all get chopped up too. The irony. But I swear to you, I’m not blaming any of you. I’m really not. I have my thoughts about what’s going on, but here’s the thing. The reason I decided to share that was not because I want to blame anybody for anything. It’s because I do not want to be blamed for things that are not on me. And I know, as a leader and I believe a protector of my family, my family and everyone who worked so hard on these movies, and everybody who worked so hard at New Line and Warner Brothers and DC. The hard working wonderful people, and these organizations, and everyone within this Shazam production. For years, we have been doing everything we can to fight for you, the fans.”
The Shazam actor then added the following regarding the scene: “Me, [director] David [F Sandberg], and [Peter] Safran had an awesome end credit scene with Hawkman and Cyclone, but that got sacked last minute. People are slagging on James Gunn, because we had to pivot to the Justice Society. I shared that story on Instagram just to end fake rumors.”
The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are also currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies set to hit theaters this year. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DC Universe? Only newly-named DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran Safran know.
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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