James Gunn has stepped in as co-chef to take over the DCEU. At first, fans were excited about this shift. After two excellent Guardians of the Galaxy films released for Marvel and an impressive tally of whimsical and fantastical projects, including 2021’s The Suicide Squad and the HBO Max series Peacemaker. His first two projects in the DCEU proved concise and well-received, allowing his role in the DCEU to grow exponentially in a short space of time.
As a talented writer, producer and director, this should bode well for the otherwise struggling DCEU. While the studio puts out decent movies, the consistency isn’t there. For every good movie there are several mediocre or just plain bad movies. Even good actors who fit their roles have been cast in a bad light thanks to subpar scripts, like Henry Cavill as Superman. While Cavill was a great impersonation of Clark Kent and Superman, the films he appeared in were far from spectacular.
With hype surrounding Cavill’s return following the release of “Black Adam,” fans were disappointed when he was quickly ditched (via Yahoo). Though much of what will be changed is still up in the air, the more news Gunn releases, the more backlash he’s seeing from fans, but one DC star – none other than Shazam himself, Zachary Levi – doesn’t add to all the hate to .
Zachary Levi says fans should give the new Chiefs time to do something special
“Shazam!” Star, Zachary Levi, took to Instagram Live to open up about his frustrations with the current behavior from DC fans. While he admits he understands why some people are disappointed by the news of all the changes made by James Gunn and co-chief Peter Safran, he also thinks the extreme backlash is unwarranted and misplaced. Variety got a transcript of everything Levi said during his Instagram Live in defense of the new co-bosses.
“They have no idea what the reasons behind the decisions are. The amount of conjecture and rumor mill and drama and nonsense being spun around out there on Instagram and Twitter is ridiculous. It’s incredibly ridiculous,” Levi said. He has drawn attention to how little the public really knows about James Gunn’s changes. Ever since the announcement that Cavill would not be reprising his role as Superman as expected, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed that Black Adam would not be in Gunn’s next wave of storytelling, fans have begun to speculate a lot about what Gunn is and isn’t.
“So I’d just say be patient and give them some space and some time to try and make something really special. And I think something DC deserves and something it deserves [Zack] Snyder tried, but it just didn’t work out in the end, folks.”
Levi says he’ll be fine if he’s released too
During the Instagram Live, Levi insisted that James Gunn and Peter Safran don’t use personal bias to decide who to keep and who to let go. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but Levi insists it’s about what she thinks will make a stronger DCEU that will appeal to a wider audience.
“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 didn’t like these things, and we should always try to reach as many audiences as possible and make as many people happy as possible,” Levi explained. “That’s what we’re in entertainment for and that try Peter and James in my opinion.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Gunn and Safran would prefer to streamline things and start over. At this time of uncertainty about the DCEU’s future, it’s important to remember that it has always been the center of debate and backlash. While DC delivers some authentically phenomenal movies, it also turns out an alarming amount of duds. Ultimately, the new lead creatives want to provide a bigger and better DCEU for existing movie fans, comic book fans, and potential new fans alike.
“Listen, I have no idea what’s going to happen to me in the end. I think I’m in a pretty good position, I think we made a great film, I think it’s going to do well,” Levi said. “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.”