Zachary Levi confirms Dwayne Johnson blocked his cameo in Black Adam: 'Truth shall set you free'
Shazam was originally due to cameo in Black Adam, a plan that film's star Dwayne Johnson made sure to block. Zachary Levi confirmed a report on the matter.
Shazam Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi has confirmed reports that he was going to cameo in last year's film Black Adam. Characters from Black Adam’s Justice Society of America were also supposed to make an appearance in the sequel's end credit scene, but plans fell through. A report claims that Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson blocked the characters from showing up in Zachary's film and made sure the actor would not show in his film either. Zachary put up a post on Instagram sharing the report and added, "The truth shall set you free.” (Also read: Dwayne Johnson breaks silence on Henry Cavill's Superman exit: 'We put our best foot forward...')
Days after the dismal showing of Shazam Fury of the Gods at the US box office, the film's star has opened up on what could be the possible reasons for its failure. On Twitter, the actor wrote, “I think the biggest issue we’re having is marketing. This is a perfect family movie, and yet a lot of families aren’t aware of that. Which is just a shame.” Zachary also confirmed that the makers had plans to connect the sequel with Dwayne's Black Adam, something which the former WWE star did not agree with.
According to a report in The Wrap, Dwayne blocked Black Adam characters from appearing in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and he also nixed a potential Zachary Levi cameo in Black Adam. The reason for this was that Dwayne wanted to continue the franchise with Henry Cavill's Superman instead. Of course, since then it has been confirmed that Henry will no longer play Superman and there won't be a second Black Adam film as the first film faced huge losses.
On Tuesday, Zachary shared The Wrap's report and wrote, “The truth shall set you free.” It is unclear whether there will be a third film in the Shazam franchise as well. The film's director David F Sandberg also confirmed The Wrap's report. He had told The Hollywood Reporter after the release of the sequel, "There were supposed to be characters from [Black Adam’s] Justice Society, but that fell apart three days before we were going to roll cameras. So, Peter Safran, who produced this movie and Peacemaker, made some calls, and thankfully, Jen Holland and Steve Agee were able to come by on very short notice.”
In the comics universe, Black Adam is an archenemy of Shazam. Instead of appearing in the 2019 original film, Dwayne pushed to have his own spinoff film instead. He also persuaded Henry to cameo in Black Adam as well.