Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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Zachary Levi desperate for Justice League role

Zachary Levi really wants a role in the next Justice League movie. The 38-year-old stars as the titular character in DC Comic’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Shazam!, which follows the story of teenage foster kid Billy Batson, who is transformed in…

Zachary Levi really wants a role in the next Justice League movie.

The 38-year-old stars as the titular character in DC Comic’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Shazam!, which follows the story of teenage foster kid Billy Batson, who is transformed into the adult hero with incredible powers.

While Levi is excited to be a part of the DC Universe, he confessed he is most excited about the possibility of Shazam teaming up with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Cyborg for the next Justice League instalment.

He revealed to Entertainment Tonight that when he was driving through Hollywood last year (17) to a screen test for the new movie, Levi saw a poster for the ensemble superhero film.

“I’m looking at these posters going, ‘If this all goes well, and I get this job, and we go make this movie, and it does well, and this does well then I’ll be, theoretically, I’ll be on that next billboard with all those characters,'” he recalled. “So I haven’t just been thinking about it since I’ve been the character, I’ve been thinking about well before I got the job!”

Levi said that appearing alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman would be a dream come true, but also distracting.

“How do you act cool when you’re crushing on the most beautiful woman in the world who also happens to be a goddess?” he laughed.

And the possibility of potential co-stars of Ben Affleck as Batman, and Henry Cavill as Superman was too much for Levi.

“I mean, my brain was just immediately going to all those possibilities cause I think it would be a whole lot of fun. I think I’d be trying to arm wrestle Superman all the time. We’d just be goofing off. Oh God, I want it to happen so bad!” he exclaimed.

Shazam! is set to be released in 2019.

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Henry Cavill posts cryptic video after Superman exit rumours

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations …

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations surrounding a cameo in 2019’s Shazam! fell apart due to a scheduling conflict. Warner Bros. subsequently told Just Jared that “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films” and its respect and relationship with Henry “remains unchanged.”

In response to the report, Henry uploaded a bizarre video to his Instagram account which shed no light on his rumoured exit from the D.C. Universe.

Dressed in a Krypton Lifting Team slogan T-shirt, the 35-year-old looks seriously into the camera, as a boxed Superman figurine slowly enters, and then disappears, from the bottom of the screen. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II plays in the background, and the video is captioned: “Today was exciting #Superman.”

The peculiar footage provoked discussion in the comments section, with one fan writing “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS,” while another asked: “Henry what are u trying to tell us bro? Are u trying to get Wb to greenlight a sequel.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s article also claimed that Henry wanted to walk away from the superhero role, because studio executives are now focused on a Supergirl origins movie, which will feature a much younger Superman. Additionally, it was reported that a standalone follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel will not be in development for another few years, and the British star can’t wait for cameras to roll.

“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” an insider told the publication.

In addition to Man of Steel, Henry also played the iconic character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League the following year. More recently, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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Djimon Hounsou to portray the Wizard in Shazam!

Actor Djimon Hounsou is crossing over from Marvel to DC Comics to portray the Wizard in the upcoming film adaptation of Shazam!. Directed by Annabelle: Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, who is given powe…

Actor Djimon Hounsou is crossing over from Marvel to DC Comics to portray the Wizard in the upcoming film adaptation of Shazam!.

Directed by Annabelle: Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, who is given powers of a god as a teen. Wizard is a 3000-year-old Egyptian mystic who bestows Billy with his powers and begins to use his abilities for good.

This is Us castmember Ron Cephas Jones was initially rumoured to be associated with the magical role, but he reportedly dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Production on the movie has already concluded.

Hounsou is no stranger to the superhero world, having appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as the Pursuer, a character he is set to reprise in Captain Marvel next year (19). He was also featured in the big screen adaptation of graphic novel Constantine in 2005.

Shazam! also stars Mark Strong and Asher Angel as a young Batson, while Levi celebrated his casting as the adult character last October (17).

“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life,” the actor wrote alongside a picture of himself as Shazam on Instagram. “I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever.”

Shazam! is slated to hit U.S. theatres in April (19).

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