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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

About a month ago, it was rumored that professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena was one of the many actors under consideration to play the character Shazam in the DC Extended Universe. However, if we’re to believe a new report from PW Insider, it sounds like that won’t be the case.

According to the outlet, Cena did in fact meet with Shazam director David F. Sandberg, but when all said and done, he did not come out as a frontrunner to star in the flick.

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This news is admittedly mildly disappointing, as Cena’s comedic performances on film are pretty damn strong, and we think he could have done wonders to help bring levity to the DCEU. It’s doubly disappointing given how much he could be made up to look like Shazam himself. That being said, we’re sure Sandberg will pick someone else who’s a perfect fit for the role.

Shazam is a story that follows the character of Billy Batson, who after meeting a wizard, is given the ability to transform into the all-powerful Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel in the comics). The film adaptation from Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is currently in pre-production and casting, and as such, there have been plenty of rumors regarding who could be playing who, as well as a myriad of discovered auditions on Vimeo.

Who do you want to play Shazam? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: PW Insider

  • Nick_SuIIivan

    Screw that then. This is a skip.

  • J’Accuse

    I don’t think anyone wants to see this.

  • M@rvel

    thank the lord…..

  • Victor Roa

    are they actively trying to screw this up?

  • For depriving me of seeing John Cena and The Rock layeth the superpowered smackdown on one another on the big screen I’m gonna skip this on principle

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Right. I was hoping to see the ultimate Rock Bottom from space.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Thank GOD!!

  • TheOct8pus

    Wow….opinions sure are divided here….unless half of them are sarcastic. In which case everybody agrees….

  • Venomaide

    Why not let WWE cast the whole movie.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I bet Cena went in and tried to read for Billy Batsons part.

  • Psychotic Bitch With a Knife

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.