The superhero film “Shazam! Fury Of The Gods,” featuring the talented actor Zachary Levi in the iconic role of Shazam, faced unexpected challenges regarding its sequel. Despite a whopping $100 million budget, the movie had difficulty breaking even during its limited theatrical run. In a recent interview on The FilmUp Podcast, Levi shared his astonishment at the mixed results and his surprise at the critical reception.
Levi expressed his confusion over the “very oddly and perplexingly low” ratings given by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. While the audience embraced the film, certain critics appeared unkind in their reviews. This stark contrast in opinions left Levi puzzled, raising questions about the ever-changing dynamics of the movie industry.
The Impact of Social Media
Reflecting on the world’s transformation since the release of the first Shazam! movie, Levi acknowledged the significant influence of social media. Unfortunately, it has also given rise to online hate, trolls, and toxic factions. Levi suspects that some individuals intentionally undermine projects out of personal animosity towards the cast or crew.
Levi openly admitted his uncertainty about the future of the Shazam! franchise. Director David Sandberg announced his hiatus from making superhero movies following the first-weekend box office numbers. The fate of the sequel now rests on its performance on streaming platforms, where Levi hopes viewers will give it a second chance. Ultimately, the film’s financial success will determine whether Levi will reprise his role in the near future.
While the first movie received positive reviews and earned a respectable 71 score on GameSpot sister site Metacritic, “Fury Of The Gods” did not fare as well with critics. The sequel garnered a significantly lower score of 47. This difference in reception adds to the uncertainty surrounding the franchise’s future.
Zachary Levi’s reflections shed light on the challenges faced by the “Shazam! Fury Of The Gods” sequel. The mixed reception, online hate, and the ever-changing landscape of the film industry have left the actor unsure about the franchise’s future. As fans eagerly await the film’s performance on streaming platforms, only time will tell whether Shazam will return to the silver screen once again.