After DC Shake-Ups, Shazam’s Zachary Levi Responds To Rumors About His Departure

It's a wild time to be a DC fan. The cinematic universe is currently in a state of flux, with new CEOs Peter Safran and James Gunn making sweeping changes in order to create their vision for the franchise's more cohesive future. This includes dropping Henry Cavill as Superman, and excluding Black Adam from (at least) the next slate of movies. After these shake-ups, Shazam! star Zachary Levi has responded to rumors about his possible departure from the character.

While James Gunn and Peter Safran's plans for the DCEU are being kept close to the chest, it's definitely becoming clear which characters/concepts they're not interested in. Some moviegoers have been concerned about Zachary Levi's fate as Shazam, leading him to take to Twitter in response. As he put it,

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Well, there you have it. While there are currently countless questions about the future of the DCEU, it seems like Zachary Levi feels secure in his future the superheroic Shazam. At least that's one hero that moviegoers don't have to worry about, especially considering David F. Sandberg's delayed sequel is just a few months away from its release.

Zachary Levi's clarified his fate in the DCEU over on his personal Twitter account, and is likely going to go viral before long. Right now moviegoers' heads are collectively spinning, thanks to the daily updates and drama coming from the studio. And while we've seen some shocking news regarding characters like Wonder Woman and Superman, it seems that Shazam might be in a good place. Although with Black Adam also getting put on the bench, it's unclear when we might finally see him face off against his nemesis

As previously mentioned, the DC franchise recently got new leadership in the form of of Peter Safran and James Gunn. The latter filmmaker definitely made a splash in the shared universe with The Suicide Squad and its TV spinoff Peacemaker. And it sounds like the two of them are doing everything in their power to finally make the DCEU into a cohesive universe with serialized storytelling. And they're making bold swings in order to make it happen. 

The Shazam! sequel is the first upcoming DC movie hitting theaters in the New Year, followed by The Flash and Blue Beetle. It should be fascinating to see where the DCEU goes from there, with projects coming from the new leadership. Will Zachary Levi's hero finally get the chance to crossover with other heroes? It's unclear, but the various DC movie franchises have definitely been largely operating on their own in the years since Justice League hit theaters. 

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently expected to arrive in theaters on March 17th. In the meantime, check out the 2023 movie release dates to plan your trips to the theater in the New Year. And smart money says it's going to be a year full of more behind the scenes DC twists.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.