It’s been a rough time for DCU fandom since then James Gunn and Peter Safran took over, with virtually the entire cast of SnyderVerse being dropped and no lesser star of Dwayne Johnson’s size joining them on the scrap heap. And yet we have a sneaking suspicion that Zachary Levi’s Shazam will be good.
During David F. Sandberg’s opening installment and forthcoming sequel wrath of the gods are technically located in the same timeline as such man of Steel, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, wonder womanand justice leaguethe closest thing they actually had to do with each other was the faceless Kryptonian cameo at the end of the first film.
There’s also the little thing that Levi and Gunn are friends going way back, with the Guardians of the Galaxy Filmmaker vouched for the actor when he auditioned for the title role Shazam! primarily, which did nothing to dispel opinion among skeptics that the new co-CEO is already playing favourites.
That said, Levi always comes across as a cool dude, and his latest attempt to unite DCU supporters behind the new regime resulted in him hopping on Instagram Live to defend Gunn and Safran.
“You have no idea what the rationale is behind any of the ongoing decisions. The amount of conjecture and rumor mill and drama and nonsense that keeps being spun around out there on Instagram and Twitter is ridiculous. It’s incredibly ridiculous. So I would just say be patient and give them some space and some time to try and make something really special. And I think something DC deserved and something Snyder tried and it just didn’t happen in the end, folks.
They make decisions based on what’s best for Warner Bros., DC, the entire studio and company, and try to keep as many fans and viewers happy as possible. If you’re out there and really like what happened before, you can do that, that’s fine. But realize that there are a lot of people who didn’t like these things and we should always try to appeal to as many viewers as possible and make as many people happy as possible.
That’s what we’re talking about, and I think that’s what Peter and James are trying to achieve. And it is not an easy position, they have been handed all these things that have already been in many conflicts. So folks, just give them a break. Always with Tranquillity. Get some air first. It’s a holiday, for goodness sake. Just enjoy what the holidays are, give them some time to enjoy the holidays, and let’s see what happens on the other side.
As you can imagine, not everyone was immediately won over by Levi’s pacifist perspective, especially when he seems to be one of the few franchise veterans with a future. Then again, DC is by this point getting used to a civil war brewing in the fandom, so it’s not like anyone expected unanimous approval.
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