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Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Old 03-27-23, 04:16 PM
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Well, my family enjoyed this movie. It was good enough, and, unlike our discussion in the Ant-Man thread, it felt like this had real danger and stakes. Although that end resurrection was really hand-wavey.

It sucks that there had to be a second Mr. Mind teaser in a row, and now it looks like it will never happen.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

It was fine, but not fantastic, it just felt a little lesser than the first one. I'm surprised it's bombing this bad though.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

This seems fast:
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/...e-Gods/2298488

This is on digital today. It's very pricey to own at $27. If you didn't want to see a matinee for this as low as $6 at some theaters like AMC, why would you want to pay $27 to own this? And it's $20 to rent it. Yeah I know, you can watch this in your boxers and can hit pause.

Pretty sad that this is on PVOD less than a month after it's initial theatrical release. No date for a potential HBO Max release.

I read this will likely lose $150M plus for WB.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

You can also get both movies bundled together for the same price, in 4K
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by RocShemp
It's a shame but not unexpected. WB/DC/Zaslav/Gunn/Safran dropped the ball announcing the reboot slate so early. They should have been vague about "new and exciting things" and made the reboot announcement sometime after The Flash was in theaters.
That would have been ideal in theory, but impractical since the speculations would have run wild, especially regdarding Henry Cavill.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by DJariya
https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/...e-Gods/2298488

This is on digital today. It's very pricey to own at $27. If you didn't want to see a matinee for this as low as $6 at some theaters like AMC, why would you want to pay $27 to own this? And it's $20 to rent it. Yeah I know, you can watch this in your boxers and can hit pause.

Pretty sad that this is on PVOD less than a month after it's initial theatrical release. No date for a potential HBO Max release.

I read this will likely lose $150M plus for WB.
That's a bargain when you factor a ticket x4, plus gas, plus concessions.

Hell, I just bought 65 and was thinking about buying this one.

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That would have been ideal in theory, but impractical since the speculations would have run wild, especially regdarding Henry Cavill.
They could have paid Cavill to keep his mouth shut until after all was said and done. Or offered to work with him on something else. Deals are made all the time.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by candyrocket786
That's a bargain when you factor a ticket x4, plus gas, plus concessions.

Hell, I just bought 65 and was thinking about buying this one.
Yeah, still a deal at 19.99 to rent. Now I'm going to rent 65 and watch it tonight. =)
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by RocShemp
They could have paid Cavill to keep his mouth shut until after all was said and done. Or offered to work with him on something else. Deals are made all the time.
They could have, but after the cameo in Black Adam and Dwayne Johnson pushing for a Superman v. Black Adam, I don't see how they could have stopped speculations. Also they had to get rid of Patty Jenkins. Like I said, waiting just wasn't practical. Since they couldn't have waited making plans, there was a big risk of leaks, too.

I don't know if the Shazam 2 is hurting because of their announcements anyway. Black Adam bombed before that. The last MCU movies didn't do great either, so perhaps audiences aren't just that exited for a comic book movie.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Not a bad movie but a bit of a messy one, and roughly 0% original. Good seeing Lucy Liu in a big project. CG seemed weirdly matched in some scenes.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Streaming May 23rd on Max (HBO)
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Well, I found it much better, like a lot, than the first one which was just meh to me.
Just an entertaining good time for 2 hours. What's not to like?
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

My family really enjoyed this movie... it's a shame these actors won't be back in the next iteration. Gal Gadot is the PERFECT Wonder Woman.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I actually like a lot of the casting in the DC movies right now, it's just most of the movies themselves haven't done it for me. This one will be popular once it hits HBO.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread


By Sam Hargrave
Posted: April 22, 2023

Shazam! Fury of the Godsproved to be a massive disappointment at the box office, and Warner Bros. Discovery seems to think James Gunn and Peter Safran's upcoming DCU reboot may be to blame.

As Gunn and Safran chart course to launch the first projects in Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters, the final projects of the old DC regime continue to trickle out, with Shazam 2, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman 2padding out this year's slate.

Kicking off the year was Fury of the Gods, which suffered the worst DCEU opening ever, even coming in below Birds of Prey, which released right as the COVID-19 pandemic was kicking off in 2020.

Director David F. Sandberg reacted to the disappointment as he shared his shock at Shazam 2's negative reviews and his lack of surprise at the sequel's poor box office results, revealing it was somewhat expected.

WB Blames James Gunn's Reboot for Shazam 2 Failure

DCAccording to a report from The Wrap, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) may be blaming the box office disappointment of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, at least partially, on James Gunn's upcoming DCU reboot.The sequel was projected for a $35 to $38 million domestic opening - already far below the $53.5 million of 2019's Shazam - but ultimately left its March 17 first weekend with just $30.5 million domestic and $65.5 million worldwide.

The Wrap's sources claim reaching the $35 million projection would have been taken as a reasonable outcome for WBD. But the studio thinks Gunn's upcoming reboot dipped "general audience interest" in Shazam 2 and the existing universe.
That being said, the studio is said to believe Gunn and Peter Safran's new rebooted projects will be able to overcome this hurdle when it gets underway - with the first release said to be coming to Max in 2024.By Sunday, April 9, four weekends into its box office run, the movie was sitting at just $56.6 million domestic. By contrast, at the same period of time into its 2019 run, Shazam had grossed $131.2 million, roughly 2.3 times the amount.

Fury of the Gods was reportedly made on a $100 million production budget, and with a current worldwide total of $128.6 million, the movie is currently looking at a major loss once theaters take their cuts and other costs are factored in.

2019's Shazam performance was already nothing insane with a $367.3 million worldwide box office, but still, according to Deadline, managed to turn a profit of around $74 million as it was made on a relatively low budget.

Will DC's Other 2023 Movies Flop Too?

DCWith James Gunn's upcoming DCU reboot now being common knowledge after the ten-project slate announcement, expectations were low going into Shazam 2. This was only further hindered by a minimal and lackluster marketing campaign that even resorted to spoiling the sequel's Wonder Woman cameo by the end.DC still has three projects left from the old regime to release this year - The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman 2 - and one has to wonder whether they will face similar struggles to Shazam 2 if the upcoming reboot is indeed a hindrance.

Reports from test screenings have already indicated Aquaman 2 may be a "boring" downgrade from the billion-dollar 2019 original. In an age where quality and word of mouth continue to impact audience turnout, combined with the reboot factor and the Amber Heard controversy, Aquaman 2 may face a flop too.
Warner Bros. Discovery essentially left Shazam 2 out to dry with minimal effort placed into its marketing, and one has to wonder whether Aquaman 2 may see the same treatment. Although that movie may receive slightly more favor as it tries to capitalize on its Christmas release and replicate the original's massive box office.The Flash has a big leg-up at the box office in being a massive event movie that features both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton's Batmen. As this is a Multiverse movie in an age where those are all the rage, combined with setting up the reboot and apparently being the best DC movie since The Dark Knight trilogy, it's easy to see The Flash becoming the blue brand's biggest hit of the year.

On the other end of the spectrum, Blue Beetle appears to be a far smaller movie that will introduce a brand-new hero to the DCU. There has even been talk that this may be the first movie in the rebooted DC universe, if that becomes part of Blue Beetle's marketing after The Flash provides that reset, it could perform well.

Even listening to James Gunn's DCU Chapter 1 slate announcement video, the filmmaker only had some offhanded comments to offer about Shazam 2 and Aquaman 2, meanwhile, he praised both The Flash and Blue Beetle as "fantastic [films]," suggesting they may see more favor internally at the studio.
What Happens If James Gunn's DC Reboot Fails?DCOnce DC concludes its 2023 slate with Aquaman 2 in December, it won't have another superhero blockbuster until James Gunn kicks off his slate properly in 2025 with Superman: Legacy - except for Joker 2, although that's perhaps the furthest thing from a traditional comic book movie.Taking a break in 2024 ought to help serve as a reset in the eyes of the fans, so it's clear when the DCU properly gets underway in 2025 that it's a new universe. With the animated Max series Creature Commandos set to arrive in 2024 as the first entry in the DCU, perhaps that will help serve as a transition between universes.

But one has to wonder, what if Superman: Legacy ultimately flops when it finally arrives in 2025 to kick the DCU into action? Well, that would certainly be a signal that the brand damage done to DC over the years with disappointing movies and an incohesive franchise plan may be too severe to fix with just a reboot.

If Gunn's Superman and subsequent DCU movies were to flop, perhaps the only option would be to give up on a connected universe for the blue brand, at least for a while, until fans can forget the past. But one can only hope that won't be what happens and this begins a prosperous new era for DC.

Will Zachary Levi's Shazam Survive the DC Reboot?

DCZoning back in on Zachary Levi's Shazam after the disappointment of Fury of the Gods, one can only wonder if he will survive the reboot. Well, Gunn and Safran's DC opted to leave in two post-credits scenes that set up a future for Shazam, which certainly seems like a good sign, especially after The Flash apparently cut two superheroes from its ending in a scene to tease a continuation.Levi's DC hero future may be saved by how Safran, one of the co-CEOs of DC Studios, is a close friend of the actor, even spending a vacation together. Not to mention, the DC boss served as a producer on both Shazam movies, and with Gunn's Suicide Squad-related characters seemingly safe going into the reboot, perhaps the same will be true for those under Safran.
Nonetheless, it's currently too soon to tell what the fate of Shazam will be, perhaps Levi will eventually have to release a similar statement to The Rock after Black Adam failed, confirming he won't be returning. If so, with Shazam being a fairly major character in DC, it wouldn't be a shock to see a new actor showing up in the suit in the not-too-distant future.
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The reboot may be one factor, but there a certainly others and I don't think Gunn and Safran can be blamed it's not like they were made the new bosses and surprised Warner with the reboot. This must have been part of the negotiations prior to their new jobs. I pretty sure Zaslav has anticipated collateral damage, but a terrible end to the DCEU is better than unending terror.
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I think this is just various execs covering their asses by pointing fingers. First at the Rock. Now at Gunn. Although I do feel the timing of the latter's announcement didn't help, it is likely a larger number of factors (such as half baked scripts in recent super hero features, as well as audience fatigue) at play.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Stupid of WB to point the finger at James Gunn when they’re the ones who hired him. Honestly when the DCU was announced I felt like a lot of the movies that were leftovers from the DCEU were destined to not do so well.

There’s so much mixed messaging from WB and DC is the problem. We’re rebooting DC, but wait there’s these other films still coming out, oh and also we have these Elseworlds films. On top of everything let’s be real there probably is some superhero fatigue setting in.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods also just looked fairly dull from the marketing. I liked the first movie too but it just felt like something was off.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

This is completely on-brand for Warners.

The studio execs do everything they can to kneecap their DC Universe and DC Films, then blame everyone but themselves when audiences don't show up.
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

This article reads like aggregated gobbledygook to me, but nothing in it seems to suggest that DC are blaming James Gunn personally for the failure of Shazam 2. They're instead using the reboot (which the studio fully supports) as a convenient excuse for why the movie underperformed. I don't think the idea that audiences were less invested knowing Shazam was a remnant of a previous regime is particularly controversial. WB knew they were hanging the movie out to dry and this is them acknowledging that fact.

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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

The Direct and The Wrap are the sources of all that.

The Wrap occasionally is good reporting breaking news, but those editorial articles like above are just speculative nonsense like so many garbage articles on the internet.
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I mean they did it to themselves, so are they blaming themselves?
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023, D: Sandberg) -- S: Levi -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

This will be on Max tomorrow.

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