The most recent speculative thorn in DC Studios’ side may have been proven. At least, if you want to interpret a passive-aggressive Instagram story, it might have. Zachary Levi, the star of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” responded to a shocking allegation by The Wrap, although it wasn’t quite a denial. The truth will set you free, Levi captioned a screenshot of an Instagram post summarizing the main ideas from The Wrap’s report. The upside-down happy face and raised hands he added will probably have you raising an eyebrow if you enjoy deciphering emojis.
What fact is Levi therefore ostensibly alluding to? Well, it’s possible that “Black Adam” actor and producer Dwayne Johnson contributed to furthering the divide between the “Shazam!” sequel and the original. That’s because, despite the fact that Shazam and his character have long been each other’s sworn enemies in multiple DC realities, he supposedly didn’t want his character to battle Shazam. Johnson reportedly wanted to draw the audience’s attention to Superman (previously Henry Cavill), and he demonstrated this by eliminating cameos from the Justice Society of America members. If you recall, the JSA was the heroic group that included characters like Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) and Cyclone in “Black Adam” (Quintessa Swindell). This, according to The Wrap’s sources, was one of many factors that made “Fury of the Gods” less focused than its positively received predecessor.
The beginning of the end?
It’s unlikely that DC Studios will continue with the franchise because of this lack of vision. In its debut weekend, “Fury of the Gods” only brought in $30.5 million domestically, underperforming at the box office. It doesn’t appear realistic that the movie will make a profit given its estimated expenditure of between $110 and $125 million.
Having said that, how much of this can Johnson actually be held accountable for? Given that Black Adam is the Joker to Shazam’s Batman, his claimed unwillingness to allow the JSA to appear in “Fury of the Gods” undoubtedly prevented the movie from maintaining the appropriate continuity. Despite the fact that Jeff Ewing of /Film liked the movie, it undoubtedly had issues that many others have noted. Even if Johnson does, as one Hollywood executive claimed to The Wrap, consider himself “the most important person in any situation or room,” it doesn’t seem like he can be held solely responsible for “Fury of the Gods'” underwhelming box office performance and the potential cancellation of the “Shazam! franchise” as a whole.
On the other side, that might not turn out to be the movie’s main story. Levi has also stated that marketing contributed to “Fury of the Gods’s” underperformance in a tweet, which appears to contradict The Wrap’s findings.
“The main problem, in my opinion, is marketing. It’s unfortunate that many families are unaware of what a great family movie this is, he wrote.”
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