Zachary Levi Says Shazam Is The DCU ‘Family-Friendly’ Answer To Deadpool

The release date for ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ is fast approaching. The sequel to the 2019 superhero comedy DC Comics film sees ‘Chuck’ star Zachary Levi return to the cape to battle evil forces.

Questions about Shazam’s position in the DCU film franchise have been in question with the state of flux since ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn took over and a series of cancellations have happened.

Levi himself offered his own thoughts about his hero’s role in the DCU and how he will impact it by comparing it to the Marvel anti-hero Deadpool, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds.

“Quite frankly he’s one of the most interesting and entertaining characters in comicdom, because most heroes are adults and they’re mature and they’re brooding and all of these things,” he told SFX magazine in an interview.

He continued, “Very few of them get to balance that with the fact that they’re actually a kid and they’re still learning how to drive, let alone be a superhero. That paradox creates such a really fun, interesting, enjoyable sandbox to play in.”

“I love that we get to be the most subversive of all the DC characters, almost like the Deadpool of DC,” Levi said. “Deadpool gets to sit outside of it and comment on it all and have fun with it all – obviously in a more R-rated, mature way. We do the same thing, just a little more family-friendly!”

‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ is set to hit theaters on March 17, 2023. It is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, and Helen Mirren.

The movie was originally slated to be released on April 1, 2022, but was pushed back to twice due to pandemic lockdown policies. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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