Shazam actor Zachary Levi was once up for the role of Lex Luthor in The CW’s original Superman series Smallville.Smallville debuted in 2001 on The CW as a series starring young farmboy Clark Kent as he builds toward becoming the Superman that the world knows and loves.In many ways, the series, despite not taking place within the Arrowverse, marked the saga’s foundations along with those of modern superhero television Nfl Football Taylor’s Version Shirts Star Tom Welling even teased plans in 2021 to bring the influential show back for an animated spin-off. Smallville featured many DC characters including Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and the usual Superman cast, along with Justice League members like Aquaman, Green Arrow, The Flash, Cyborg, and more.
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With Smallville Season 1 kicking off in 2001, the same year as the first entry on Zachary Levi’s IMDB page, this was a 20-year-old, truly unproven, early-career version of Levi pushing for this Lex Luthor role. So, it’s not surprising they went with someone slightly more experienced like Michael Rosenbaum, who had already done some animated voice work with DC before then.Before he actually became Shazam, Levi had auditioned for Superman and Lex Luthor for DC years prior and even spent some time at Marvel Studios as The Warriors Three’s Fandrel in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. So, clearly, Levi is an actor with deep roots and a firm interest in the superhero genre.With his Shazam future potentially in jeopardy as the DCU looks toward an imminent reboot amid Fury of the Gods’ financial failure, what comes next for Levi?Well, even if James Gunn isn’t looking to keep Shazam around, perhaps he could still be on the cards for another role, there has already been talk of Jason Momoa giving up Aquaman for Lobo after all. Even at Marvel Studios, select actors have had multiple roles; maybe, with Fandrel dead, Levi could play another hero Nfl Football Taylor’s Version Shirts Levi has certainly shown his passion for DC and Shazam since Fury of the Gods released as he has tried to push audiences on social media to give the movie a shot despite its mixed critic reviews. If Billy Batson will be rebooted for the DCU, Levi will likely be disappointed, but his career will continue to thrive.Maybe he could even take another go-around at auditioning for Lex Luthor in this new universe, although the chances of that happening are pretty slim.