Last month, James Gunn and Peter Safran formally took over DC Studios and began charting their own course for the company’s superhero films and TV shows. However, the duo’s decisions have already gotten backlash from fans. This is especially true among Superman fans who are upset over Henry Cavill leaving the role only a month after he was back in the fold. Now, Shazam! and Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi has stepped up to defend his new bosses at DC.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Levi posted a video on his Instagram account in which he took fans to task for being so quick to condemn the plans of Gunn and Safran.
“Up to this point, there have been quite a few DC films that may have made some fans very happy, but they’re not tapping into the larger audience,” said Levi. “Marvel was very successful in doing that — bringing in as many people to the table, as many people that could be satiated and brought joy and all that stuff.”
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One of the other reasons for the backlash is the appearance that Gunn and Safran are moving away from the DCEU Snyderverse. Levi acknowledged that, while also urging fans to give them a break.
“If you’re out there, and you really liked what happened before, you can do that — that’s fine,” added Levi. “But recognize there’s a lot of people that didn’t like those things, and we should always be trying to, I think, tap into as much audience as possible, making as many people as happy as possible. That’s what we’re in entertainment for, and I think that’s what Peter and James are really trying to do, and it’s not an easy position. They got handed all of these things that were already in a lot of conflict. So guys, just f***ing give them a break. Take it easy. Take a breath.”
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Levi has worked with Safran before on the two Shazam! films, which is why he believes he is in “a pretty good position.” Regardless, Levi admitted that he doesn’t know what Gunn and Safran have planned for Shazam after the next movie.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit theaters on March 17, 2023.
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