Zachary Levi explains why he shared story on nixed Black Adam cameo, altered Shazam 2 scene: 'I don't want to be blamed'
Zachary Levi went on Instagram Live to clarify why he shared a story about Dwayne Johnson nixing his Black Adam cameo and why a Shazam 2 scene was altered.
Days after Zachary Levi shared a report claiming that Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson blocked the characters from his film showing up in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and made sure the actor would not cameo in his film either, he is clarifying why he posted it. He went on Instagram Live to explain his version of events in which he shared a trade story confirming Dwayne's interference in the films and wrote, "The truth shall set you free.” (Also read: Zachary Levi confirms Dwayne Johnson blocked his cameo in Black Adam: 'Truth shall set you free')
Since its release on March 17, the DC superhero film has not fared well at the box office and some fans have wondered if Zachary was pinning the blame on Dwayne instead. Taking to Instagram Live, the actor shared, "I may or may not have reposted something in my stories about a story I had nothing to do with that [The Wrap] had reported on. And then I got flagged about it because people were saying, 'Oh, what are you doing? You're trying to blame this guy because your movie is not doing well.'"
He continued, "Listen I haven’t blamed anybody. There's not a single person that I have blamed for anything with the way our movie has performed. If you're listening or watching videos of me or looking at things and you're getting that idea, you are being fooled. You are being brainwashed. You are looking at propaganda. Those are clips, those are edited, those are taken completely out of context. Probably this will get chopped up too, there's the irony. I swear, I'm not blaming any of you. I have my thoughts about what's going on but the reason I decided to share that was not because I wanna blame anybody for anything. It's because I do not want to be blamed for things that are not on me."
Zachary Levi also added, "Me, [director] David [F Sandberg], and [Peter] Safran had an awesome end credit scene with Hawkman and Cyclone, but that got sacked last minute. People are slagging on James Gunn, because we had to pivot to the Justice Society. I shared that story on Instagram just to end fake rumors." These characters from Black Adam’s Justice Society of America were supposed to make an appearance in the Shazam sequel's end credit scene, but plans fell through. Dwayne did not want Zachary's Shazam to cameo in Black Adam, and pushed to have Henry Cavill's Superman make a cameo instead.
Now, Henry will no longer play Superman in the DC Universe and it is highly unlikely that a new film will be commissioned in either film franchise.