Shazam 2 director says DC won’t allow movie to name fan-favorite character

Shazam! Anger of the Gods is in theaters now and while the movie is full of heroes and villains and even some big cameos, it turned out there was a reference to a favorite character that DC just wouldn’t allow. In an interview with TikToker Henry Calvert (via The direct), Shazam! Anger of the Gods director David F. Sandberg played a game where he guessed if a character was a real DC character and when it came to Detective Chimp, there came the big reveal.

“Well, he’s real,” Sandberg said before revealing that while he wanted to reference him in the movie, it wasn’t allowed. “I wanted… He’s DC. Yes, I wanted to include a reference to him in the movie, but we weren’t allowed to.”

Who is Detective Chimp?

First appearing in Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4 in 1952, Detective Chimp, aka Bobo, not his real name, is a chimpanzee with superhuman intelligence who solves crimes while donning an appearance similar to that of the fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Originally helping to solve the murder of a petting zoo owner, Fred Thorpe, he later became a superhero on his own, teaming up with the Justice League, Shadowpact, and other heroic groups over the years. The character has long been a fan favorite — and even Sandberg has said he’d like to make a movie about the character sooner rather than later.

What’s Shazam! 2 about?

In Shazam! Anger of the Godswhen Billy Batson and his foster siblings, who turn into superheroes by shouting “Shazam!” must travel to make peace with the gods because Billy takes their powers for granted.

The film stars Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as Billy Batson / Shazam!, Grace Caroline Currey as Mary Bromfield, Adam Brody as Super Hero Freddy, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Meagan Good as Super Hero Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Ross Butler as Super Hero Eugene, Jovan Armand as Pedro Pena, DJ Cotrona as Super Hero Pedro, Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez, and Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez. Also new cast members are Rachel Zegler as Anthea, Helen Mirren as Hespera and Lucy Liu as Kalypso.

Shazam! Anger of the Gods is in theaters now.

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