Zachary Levi On Sean Gunn: "When You’re The Brother Of The Guy Who Runs DC... You Get To Play Who You Want”

Zachary Levi On Sean Gunn: "When You’re The Brother Of The Guy Who Runs DC... You Get To Play Who You Want” Zachary Levi On Sean Gunn: "When You’re The Brother Of The Guy Who Runs DC... You Get To Play Who You Want”

During a new interview, Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi threw some shade at the recent news that Sean Gunn had landed the role of Maxwell Lord in James Gunn's DCU...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 11, 2023 02:12 PM EST

Well, it seems Zachary Levi has resigned himself to the likelihood that he won't be suiting up as Shazam again!

During an interview with ComicBook.com, Levi spoke about his role as the DC Comics hero and whether he has any interest in returning as the character in the rebooted DCU. The actor reiterated that he is very proud of Fury of the Gods despite the lukewarm critical reception and disappointing box office performance.

Levi was then asked about the possibility of appearing as an entirely different character in the DCU, since Jason Momoa is (most likely) leaving Aquaman behind to play Lobo, and Sean Gunn will take on the role of Maxwell Lord after already playing Weasel in The Suicide Squad (he will also voice the furry menace and G.I. Robot in Creature Commandos).

At this point, Levi decided to throw a little shade at Gunn's casting: “When you’re the brother of the guy who runs DC, I guess you get to play who you want.”

Gunn has already responded to the claims of nepotism, but at the end of the day, a director continuing to work with a group of people he can rely on - even if some of them happen to be relations - is hardly a new development in Hollywood. Whether you happen to think Sean Gunn is right for the role of Max Lord or not, he had established himself as an actor long before his brother began casting him in his movies.

What do you make of Levi's comments? Check out the video below, and drop us a comment in the usual place.

Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.

From New Line Cinema comes Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods stars returning cast members Zachary Levi (Thor: Ragnarok) as Shazam; Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson; Jack Dylan Grazer (It Chapter Two) as Freddy Freeman; Adam Brody (Promising Young Woman) as Super Hero Freddy; Ross Butler (Raya and the Last Dragon) as Super Hero Eugene; Meagan Good (Day Shift) as Super Hero Darla; D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Super Hero Pedro; Grace Caroline Currey (Annabelle: Creation) as Mary Bromfield / Super Hero Mary; Faithe Herman (This Is Us) as Darla Dudley; Ian Chen (A Dog’s Journey) as Eugene Choi; Jovan Armand (Second Chances) as Pedro Pena; Marta Milans (White Lines) as Rosa Vasquez; Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) as Victor Vasquez; with Djimon Hounsou (A Quiet Place Part II) as Wizard.

Joining the cast are Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), with Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda franchise) and Helen Mirren (F9: The Fast Saga).

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MisterDoctor217
MisterDoctor217 - 12/11/2023, 2:03 PM
Lmao , it’s all just shade there at DC


Seriously they should just have their own reality tv show about the behind the scenes of it all.
Would probably be more popular than the movies they out out lol
Forthas
Forthas - 12/11/2023, 2:04 PM
James Gunn engages in the most blatant nepotism and cronyism I have ever seen in any industry. The highest caliber actors should refuse to work with him. He represents everything that is wrong with CBM's and the studio that makes them.
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 12/11/2023, 2:08 PM
@Forthas - You always have sand in your vagina about James Gunn.

Just let it go already.
Forthas
Forthas - 12/11/2023, 2:10 PM
@DarthAlgar - not sand...it's barb wire!

I never let go!
Matador
Matador - 12/11/2023, 2:11 PM
@DarthAlgar -

Odin
Odin - 12/11/2023, 2:28 PM
@Forthas - Since we're on the topic, isn't it a funny coincidink how so many Christopher Nolan movies have a writer with the same last name as him? Or how that guy hasn't written a single movie that Nolan hadn't directed? And what's with Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine being in just about every movie Nolan makes? Like, you're allowed to cast other actors, man.
Forthas
Forthas - 12/11/2023, 2:31 PM
@Odin - It is bad. Everyone of these directors who engage in blatant cronyism should be called out.
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