If there’s a narrative going into next month’s release of Shazam: Fury of the Gods, it’s that fans better come out and support the light-hearted superhero sequel. James Gunn didn’t mention Shazam as part of the new DCU’s future plans, and that has people wondering if they’re about to see the last of Zachary Levi as the powerhouse hero. Levi himself has made it known that it all depends on how well Fury of the Gods does, and now director David F. Sandberg has backed that up.
He definitely won’t if people don’t go see the movie. What I’ve been told is that there’s nothing in the Shazam films that contradict the future plans for DC. So the possibility for more Shazam is there and if that’s what you want your best bet is to go see the film. https://t.co/MdjZuGK4co
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) February 28, 2023
Sandberg was responding to an angry fan who said he’s refusing to support the film because Gunn didn’t reveal everything at the time that he wanted him to. People are so damn childish sometimes!
That said, Shazam 2 really does need to knock it out of the park. The first movie did $366M worldwide in 2019, which is okay but on the low side. Reviews were strong, though, and if that leads to increased fan support for the sequel, Gunn could be inclined to keep a critical darling even if it’s not the biggest box office hit. But Sandberg is right. If nobody shows up, wave bye-bye to the Batson family.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods opens on March 17th.