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‘Rotten’: Shazam 2 weak RT score has disappointed DC fans discussing what went wrong with Zachary Levi starrer sequel

‘Rotten’: Shazam 2 weak RT score has disappointed DC fans discussing what went wrong with Zachary Levi starrer sequel

While Shazam 2 received positive early reactions, its rotten tomatoes score is a fall-from-grace moment that has DCU fans shaken. The second installment debuted with a fresh 70% and its latest promos featuring Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) cameo only added more anticipation among fans. Sadly, the sequel has failed to appeal to critics though some have questioned film pundits being overly critical over comic book movies sighting the low ratings for Ant-Man 2.

It seems not even Gal Gadot’s appearance was enough to save Shazam! Fury of the Gods from being review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes. Since its world premiere, the Zachary Levi starrer sequel has been called a decent comic book movie with heart, humor and action. However, with the review embargo up – several critics have begun sharing their in-depth analysis with many like movie pundit Jeremy Jahns stating the sequel does not have the magic that made 2019’s Shazam a success.

As of this writing, Shazam! Fury of the Gods stands at a Rotten 55% score with 108 reviews. Initially, when the score dipped to 60% – folks were comparing it to Aquaman which earned a similar RT score and still ended up joining the billion-dollar club. Even so, the audience score is strong with 80% over 100+ verified ratings as of this writing. It should be noted that fans who were part of the preview screenings have described Shazam! as a “good fun popcorn movie”. In addition, a conversation over critics being harsher on superhero movies is also an ongoing dissent. Readers can check it out below.

Early reviews still praised Shazam 2’s choice of villains with the daughters of Atlas. Jack Dylan Grazer‘s funny performance once again stood out though Asher Angel apparently has less screen time compared to his grown-up counterpart played by Levi. Nevertheless, the fandom was also divided in blaming Warner Bros. film for the lack of promotions for Shazam 2 while another section of DCEU folks critiqued the studio’s marketing for spoiling Gal Gadot’s appearance.

Shazam 2 is expected to earn $35 million plus on the opening weekend when the first film brought in $53.5M. The DCEU movie was originally scheduled to release during Avatar 2’s theatrical window and from the looks of it, WB dodged a bullet by moving its date.

The low projected earnings is already raising concerns of superhero fatigue at a time when James Gunn is starting to laying the founding blocks for a new interconnected universe with DCU’s Gods and Monsters. With Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ stumbling start, it remains to be seen if Zachary Levi’s Shazam has a future in the upcoming world-building.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is available to watch in theaters worldwide as of March 17, 2023.




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