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Shazam! Actor Claims Both Marvel And DC Are Under So Much Pressure From Fans

Billy Batson of ‘Shazam!’ doesn’t believe in ‘superhero fatigue.’

Asher Angel recently sat down for an interview with ComicBook.com to talk about his new movie ‘Lazareth.’ He also shared his thoughts about increasing criticism of superhero projects:

“Look, I think the superhero genre is a really hard genre. I hate when people talk about superhero fatigue. I don’t believe in that stuff. I think whatever DC or Marvel puts out there, it’s gonna resonate, but if it resonates, it resonates. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Angel reprised the Billy Batson role in the ‘Shazam!’ sequel ‘Fury of the Gods’ last year. The film failed at the box office with $134 million worldwide. The actor explained:

“I think a lot of the time, people put so much pressure on Marvel and DC in that every movie has to be amazing. It’s a hard genre, for sure, and I’m just happy I had the opportunity to be involved in that world. It was wish-fulfilment because I always wanted to be a superhero when I was a kid.”

The Actor Wants To Be In The DC Reboot

DC Studios decided to reboot its cinematic universe under James Gunn and Peter Safran after the failed projects. Gunn announced the new era’s start as 2025’s ‘Superman.’

Shazam’s future in the DCU is currently uncertain with the ongoing changes, but Angel is open to return to the franchise. He spoke of possibly taking over Zachary Levi’s place as the hero by saying:

“I’d always be open to going back and playing Billy Batson. I’d never want to take Zach’s place because we’re in this together. If there any other characters out there in the future, I’d also be open to that. I’m pretty open! There’s a time and there’s place, and it’ll happen.”

Marvel Is Going Through Changes As Well

Meanwhile, Disney announced new plans for Marvel’s future. CEO Bob Iger revealed during a recent meeting that the company would cut down on the number of their releases.

Marvel Co-President Lous D’Esposito confirmed the news to Empire this week:

“It’s been a rough time. If we just stayed on top, that would have been the worst thing that could have happened to us. We took a little hit, we’re coming back strong. Maybe when you do too much, you dilute yourself a little bit. We’re not going to do that anymore. We learned our lesson. Maybe two to three films a year and one or two shows, as opposed to doing four films and four shows.”

The studio’s 2025 and 2026 schedule remain the same, though. ‘Captain America: Brave New World,’ ‘Thunderbolts,’ ‘The Fantastic Four,’ and ‘Blade’ will all come out next year.

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