DC fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of the new Shazam movie, but concerns have been raised over the predicted low box office numbers. Nonetheless, reviews for Shazam 2 have been overall positive, with many viewers saying it’s even better than the first. Zachary Levi shares his thoughts on the Shazam’s possible DC future.
Recent circumstances have led some to question what the future holds for the character of Shazam in DCU. With the flop of the Black Adam movie, and the departure of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from the DC Universe, it leaves us to wonder about the long-term fate of Shazam and Zachary Levi’s portrayal of the character.
Red Carpet Interview With Zachary Levi About Shazam and It’s Future With DC
In an interview on the red carpet, Zachary Levi was asked about the possibility of his return to the DC Universe. He responded that he trusts the vision of James Gunn and Peter Saffron and would be happy to return to the role if asked. He also expressed his belief in the quality of the movie and that if people go see it and enjoy it, that could give a good indicator of its potential future.
While Levi’s commentary is optimistic, it is clear that the ultimate success of the film will come down to ticket sales. With the current projected opening weekend numbers, it is unclear if Shazam 2 will perform well enough to continue on as a franchise.
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However, James Gunn is not simply any movie executive, but has a strong commitment to excellence and brand loyalty. He believes that quality content will attract viewers, regardless of past performance. In the case of the Suicide Squad, despite negative feedback from the first film, James Gunn persisted with a sequel and even spun it off into a highly-rated TV series in Peacemaker.
What does this mean for the future of Shazam? While the numbers do not look promising, the character does have a dedicated fanbase, and if the film does well, there is a possibility of continuing with the franchise. Alternatively, it may be that Shazam 2 marks the end of Zachary Levi’s portrayal of the character, with or without another actor picking up the mantle.
Ultimately, only time will tell the fate of Shazam in the DC Universe. Fans can look forward to seeing the new movie and decide for themselves if they want to see more of that universe come to life on the big screen.