Shazam! Wrath of the Gods is already in cinemas throughout the country… but it is clearly failing to find an audience. Shazam 2 has grossed just $30.1 million domestically and a total of $64.7 million globally as of this writing.
That’s a massive low for a blockbuster superhero sequel that cost an estimated $110-120M to film, and the industry is rushing for a deeper explanation as to why Fury of the Gods didn’t do better, and whether or not this is all an indication of superhero movie weariness.
Yet, there has been much controversy concerning the DC Universe franchise itself. Shazam 2 has always had significant odds stacked against it, particularly in terms of popular opinion.
Shazam! 2’s release date was shifted up and down to enable Warner Bros. Discovery cope to the unprecedented disruptions of the COVID-19 epidemic; the picture was pushed from late 2022 to early 2023, which in retrospect appears to have been a disastrous delay.
The announcement last fall that Warner Bros. was forming a whole new DC production imprint, DC Studios, and that the DC Universe franchise was getting a complete reboot, left Shazam! 2 floating out in limbo. Fury of the Gods was a sequel that undeniably had ties to Zack Snyder’s DC films, yet that era is exactly what Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran want to move on from.