Shazam’s Flop Shows Confusion and Mistrust at DC

DC fans have been left disappointed following the release of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with the film underperforming at the box office. However, recriminations have begun regarding the reasons behind the film’s failure. Reports have suggested that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson vetoed the linking of his Black Adam character to Shazam! in post-credits scenes. Zachary Levi, who stars in the Shazam sequel, has added to the speculation, endorsing the report and agreeing that the film’s failure was down to embittered fans of the Zack Snyder DC films wanting it to fail.

Further reports suggest that Warner Bros. is struggling to maintain control over the DC Universe during this awkward transition period to a new era under DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran. This has led to several directors and actors being cut loose or left wondering about their future with the company. The rollouts of The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman 2 are still to come this year, while Gunn’s tone-setting Superman: Legacy is not due until 2025, leaving fans and studios uncertain about the future of the DC Universe.

It remains to be seen how Warner Bros. will respond to the poor performance of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, but it is clear that the company must find a way to address the chaotic situation in the DC Universe. With directors and actors being cut loose or left wondering about their future, it is essential that the company reasserts control over its properties to ensure the future success of the franchise.

Sources: The Wrap, Polygon, Variety

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