Shazam: Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi put the DC fanbase in its place in a recent interview for his new film.
As the current phase of the DCEU begins to end, Levi’s most recent DC epic is currently playing in theatres.
The existing SnyderVerse film canon will be relegated to the past, beginning with Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom in December, when a new DCU officially launches.
Fans who have become accustomed to the current iteration of DC movies have become even more resistant to the turning of the super-powered page, with many rejecting anything outside of Zack Snyder’s vision for the blue brand.
“There’s a whole contingent of comic book fans that it’s really unfortunate that there’s this particular group of people that think I… well, they don’t like me because I disagree with them on other comic book movies. You know who I’m talking about.”– Zachary Levi
Earlier I shared a video about Zachary Levi that turns out was edited in a very negative light— Steve 🎥 (@SteveRogers1943) March 16, 2023
This is the full video for context pic.twitter.com/N2nPz7V2tk
DC’s most recent movie, Shazam 2, also known as Shazam! Fury of the Gods failed to make an impression at the Indian box office. The Zachary Levi-led movie wasn’t anticipated to have a tremendous opening, but given the rise in popularity of Hollywood heavyweights and the superhero genre, some extra cash got expected. L
The Shazam 2 film, directed by David F. Sandberg, debuted with mediocre to mixed reviews from critics.
Only $30 million could get made during Shazam 2’s debut weekend. That is the DC movie with the lowest theatrical opening of all time.
Only The Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984 performed worse, although both of those movies debuted on HBO Max and in theatres while the COVID-19 pandemic was at its height.
The old DC cinematic world is approaching its demise with Shazam! 2, with James Gunn’s DCU poised to take over in 2025. But there are still three DC films set to come out this year that have varied degrees of continuity with the distant future.
The upcoming film The Flash, released on June 23, is said to play a significant role in the new universe, although Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will hit the theatre on December 25, doesn’t seem to have much of a relationship.
Some of the defenses I've seen for the Flash movie include "they had to make it a crossover because casuals wouldn't be interested in a solo Flash film" and "audiences don't want silly characters like Captain Cold or Weather Wizard"— Kimberly Amy 🏳️⚧️ (@comicsAmy) March 19, 2023
Just a reminder: THIS is DCs biggest movie pic.twitter.com/5U95pXlb5j
Although enthusiasm for things like the most recent comic book movies is nothing new, the DC fanbase (or at least one particular subset) has a toxic effects issue.
Although it’s not the only fandom with problematic members, the DCEU has a more significant problem than others regarding the blue brand. And Zachary Levi is only the most recent to mention it.
It would be difficult to argue that the current DC Universe age has been a complete failure. Whether due to the hostile critical reception, any attempt at universe-building was instantly squashed either to the new management at Warner Bros. or Zack Snyder having to depart the series.