Despite the high anticipation leading up to its release, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to have one of the lowest opening weekends in the history of DC Universe films. The film opened in theaters on March 17 and has failed to draw in audiences as expected.
The Original “Shazam!” was released in 2019 and was the first largely standalone superhero effort from the connected universe. Despite being one of the lower-performing DCU outings, it still managed to make an impressive $365.9 million worldwide at the box office.
David F. Sandberg returns as the director and reunites with several cast members from the first movie, including Asher Angel as the teenage Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as his adult superhero alter ego.
This weekend’s box office results have made it abundantly clear that the DC films franchise is in dire need of a reboot. With lackluster ticket sales and poor reviews, audience demand for these films has declined significantly over the past few years.
It’s time for the studio to take a step back and re-evaluate its approach to creating these movies. They need to focus on creating compelling stories that can draw in both old and new fans alike.
With the right changes, they can turn this franchise around and get back on track to becoming one of the most successful film franchises ever.