Shazam star Zachary Levi defends DC bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran

“They have no idea what the reasons behind the decisions are. The amount of conjecture and rumor mill and drama and nonsense that keeps being spun around out there on Instagram and Twitter is ridiculous.”

DC Studios’ new co-bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran have only been in their posts since October, but their new direction for the franchise has already caused controversy in the fandom, amid news that Henry Cevill won’t be returning as Superman , and the banking of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. But another current star of the franchise, Zachary Levi of “Shazam!”

“You have no idea the rationale behind the decisions,” Levi said during his Instagram Live. “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.”

Levi returning as Shazam! in the March 2023 sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” encouraging fans to be patient and trust Gunn and Safran’s vision, saying that they are trying to build a universe in a way that other DC creatives like Zack Snyder have failed and that the two CEOs “are not fair in making decisions because they like someone or dislike them.”

“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 that DC deserved and something that Snyder tried to do and it just didn’t come off in the end,” Levi said. “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 audiences happy as possible.”

“If you’re out there and you really like what happened before, you can do that, that’s fine. But realize that there are a lot of people who don’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,” Levi continued. “That’s what we’re here for in entertainment, and I think that’s what Peter and James are trying to do. 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.

During the live, Levi also spoke about the upcoming Fury of the Gods, calling it “even better than the first, the first one was really freaking good”. However, he also admitted that he wasn’t sure if he would be asked to come back after the film’s release, but stressed that he wouldn’t take it personally or badly if the episode was his last in the franchise.

“Listen, I have no idea what’s ultimately going to happen to me,” Levi said. “I think I’m in a pretty good position, I think we’ve made a great film, I think it’s going to do well – reasonably well, I hope. But regardless, if at some point they decide that’s the way we need to go – those are the breaks, that’s how it goes.”

Watch Levi’s full video below.

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