Actor Zachary Levi has helped DC on their road to recovery starring in the well-received Shazam! The film had a much different tone than any recent effort from the studio and showed us that there is a lighter side to the DC world.
While appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Fandral, Levi actually had his heart set on portraying another Marvel character, Deadpool. The actor recently spoke with CinemaBlend about his desire to play the character and you can check out what he had to say below.
“I wanted to be Deadpool for so long. Like a long, long [time ago]. When I was reading Deadpool I wanted to be Deadpool, but Ryan is crushing that.”
Yes, Zachary, he is indeed crushing it, so much that while Disney is starting anew for their version of the X-Men, not even the House of Mouse would be foolish enough to replace Reynolds in the role many feel he was born to play.
Levi continued saying Shazam! gave him something similar to what he was looking for in Deadpool.
“I actually kind of think that Deadpool and Shazam! are similar movies in that we’re both satellites of a greater universe that we get to kind of look at and point at and realize as an audience we can all do that together. Deadpool got to take all those potshots at the Marvel universe [laughs], particularly the X-Men franchise, and it was so genius. And that we get to be on the outside, existing within the DC Universe but not necessarily having to subscribe to everything that’s already there.”
Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, isn’t he? Of course, this could be our brain refusing to imagine anyone else but Reynolds playing the character, because he’s as close to perfect as can be. Sort of a Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones thing, except that Selleck was actually offered the role, unlike Zachary Levi.
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