Zachary Levy confirms Dwayne Johnson blocked his cameo in Black Adam: ‘The truth shall set you free’
Shazam: Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi has confirmed reports that he was going to cameo in last year’s film Black Adam. Black Adams’ Justice Society of America characters were also to appear in the sequel’s end credits scene, but the plan fell through. A report claims that Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson blocked the characters from appearing in Zachary’s film and made sure the actor would not appear in his film as well. Zachary put out a post on Instagram sharing the report and saying, “the truth will set you free.” (Also Read: Dwayne Johnson breaks silence on Henry Cavill’s Superman exit: ‘We put our best foot forward…’,
Days after the disappointing performance of Shazam: Fury of the Gods at the US box office, the film’s star has opened up on the possible reasons for its failure. On Twitter, the actor wrote, “I think the biggest issue we face is marketing. It is the perfect family film, and yet many families are not aware of it. Which is just a shame. Zachary also confirmed that the producers had plans to tie the sequel to Dwayne’s Black Adam, which the former WWE star did not agree with.
According to a report in The Wrap, Dwayne has introduced the characters of Black Adam to Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and he also eliminated a potential Zachary Levi cameo in Black Adam. This was because Dwayne wanted to continue the franchise with Henry Cavill’s Superman instead. Of course, it has since been confirmed that Henry will no longer be playing Superman and that there will not be a second Black Adam film as the first film was heavily damaged.
On Tuesday, Zachary shared The Wrap’s report and wrote, “The truth will set you free.” It is unclear whether or not there will also be a third film in the Shazam franchise. The film’s director, David F. Sandberg, also confirmed The Wrap’s report. He told The Hollywood Reporter after the sequel’s release, “There should have been characters from [Black Adam’s] Justice Society, but that fell apart three days before the cameras were going to roll. So, Peter Safran, who produced this film and Peacemaker, made a few calls, and thankfully, Jen Holland and Steve Agee were able to come on very short notice.
In the comics universe, Black Adam is an archenemy of Shazam. Instead of appearing in the 2019 original film, Dwayne instead insisted on his own spinoff film. He also persuaded Henry to cameo in Black Adam.