Zachary Levi Says Shazam Could Beat Dwayne Johnson

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The upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Zachary Levi claims that his hero, Shazam, could beat Dwayne Johnson in a fight. Shazam! actor Zachary Levi claims that his hero could beat Dwayne Johnson in a fight. Released in 2019, Shazam! tells the story of Billy Batson, a young foster child who discovers he has the power to become an adult hero named Shazam. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg and was a hit with both audiences and critics, coming to earn over $366 million at the box office. A sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, is currently in post-production and is expected to release this winter.

While it’s unclear how connected Fury of the Gods will be to the larger DCEU, the film will follow the release of Black Adam this fall. Starring Johnson in the title role, Black Adam is being billed as a major shakeup to the power hierarchy of the DCEU, with Johnson himself frequently bragging about his hero’s strength. Although Johnson has directed much of his playful hostility towards Henry Cavill’s Superman, the actor has previously commented on the outcome of a potential fight between Shazam and Black Adam, strongly suggesting that Levi’s hero wouldn’t stand a chance.

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MCU Canon Problem For The DCEU Through its subtle use of a Marvel name pun, Shazam! makes Marvel heroes canon within the DCEU, causing a weird story problem in the process. One recurring joke in Shazam! subtly makes a Marvel character canon within the DCEU, and it creates a small but glaring issue with the franchise’s continuity. The DCEU may have begun on shaky ground with a number of divisive films, but 2019’s Shazam! was widely praised for the much-needed levity it brought to the DCEU. By telling the story of Billy Batson, a boy granted the ability to transform into the powerful hero Shazam, the film was able to inject humor and a slightly more light-hearted tone into the franchise, which was especially important after criticisms that the DCEU was too dark and gritty.

Shazam! serves as an origin story for the titular hero in the DCEU, and as a result, much of the film focuses on Batson learning to manage his new dual identity. After discovering his powers, he begins searching for a superhero name, and it’s a running joke in the movie that Billy finds it difficult to decide on a definitive moniker for his alter-ego. One of the many names given to Shazam when he starts trending online is “Zap-tain America”, a name that’s repeated once or twice throughout the movie. It’s an obvious nod to Marvel’s Captain America, taking Shazam’s lightning powers into account in service of the pun. The use of the pun seemingly makes Captain America canon within the DCEU, despite the fact that he’s never been mentioned before. Though he may simply exist as a fictional character in the franchise, the idea that the DCEU features both very real, tangible heroes and then separate, fictional ones is a little jarring. It also begs the question of which other Marvel characters exist within the DCEU, and why it hasn’t come up more frequently (particularly as the franchise’s stories are superhero-centric).

Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which Screen Rant attended, Levi playfully shoots back at Johnson. The star explains that, in a fight between Johnson and Shazam, Johnson would definitely lose. Levi concedes that Johnson is “a large man” but says that it would basically be no contest because Shazam is, after all, a god.

Shazam and Black Adam, the star chose to take aim at Johnson himself. The Black Adam star has made no secret of the fact that he firmly believes his character is now the strongest hero in the DCEU, but those claims have yet to actually be put to the test. While there have been rumors of a Black Adam cameo in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, it remains to be seen whether the two heroes will ever actually go head to head.