James Gunn Fans Find a Scapegoat in Zack Snyder, as Aquaman 2 Tracking to Earn Less Than The Marvels: “The damage Snyder has done to the DC brand”

James Gunn's DCU name may be ruined before it even launches, as poor predictions for Aquaman 2 surface

James Gunn Fans Find a Scapegoat in Zack Snyder, as Aquaman 2 Tracking to Earn Less Than The Marvels: "The damage Snyder has done to the DC brand"


  • Aquaman 2's opening weekend prediction stands at $40 million, lower than The Marvels' $46.1 million.
  • James Gunn's fans on X blamed the poor hype surrounding the film on Zack Snyder.
  • Other fans on X were quick to dismiss such baseless accusations, noting that Snyder's films performed much better at the box office.
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James Gunn’s DCU will officially launch only in 2025, but the DC brand is not yet done with the movies from its scrapped DCEU. The last film in that universe, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been making headlines, but not for the reasons you may think. The film is predicted to open with only around $40 million at the box office during the four-day Christmas weekend. DCU fans on X tried to blame the film’s poor hype on Zack Snyder, who exited DC six years ago.

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James Gunn's Aquaman 2 is expected to have a lower opening weekend than The Marvels
James Gunn’s Aquaman 2 is expected to have a lower opening weekend than The Marvels

The numbers appear notably weak for a comic book movie, and the film is expected to gross even less than the disastrous opening of $46.1 million for The Marvels. In comparison, the first Aquaman movie collected nearly $93 million in its opening weekend.


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James Gunn Fans Blame Zack Snyder For Aquaman 2‘s Poor Hype

Jason Momoa in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Jason Momoa in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

While Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman was the only movie from the DCEU to reach the $1 billion mark, its sequel is struggling to live up to the legacy of the original. This comes in the wake of a series of underwhelming outputs from the DC universe and a restructuring decision that scrapped the universe. Aquaman 2 also faced challenges such as the Amber Heard controversy.


@HollywoodHandle reported the news on X regarding the movie’s anticipated lower opening compared to The Marvels. One fan, probably a supporter of James Gunn‘s DCU, had a bizarre response that irritated other fans on the platform. The fan blamed the poor expectations for the movie on Zack Snyder, stating that Snyder’s damage still lingered on the DC brand.

Other fans were quick to dismiss this criticism. One fan highlighted that people never gave any credit to Snyder for the $1 billion success of Aquaman. Another defended the Man of Steel director, asserting that he had nothing to do with the failures of these films and placed the blame on fake DC fans. A comment pointed out that if the DC brand couldn’t recover from Snyder’s “damage”, then the failure was on their part.


Fans also held Gunn responsible for greenlighting the movie even after scrapping the universe. They expressed that the movie no longer mattered to comic book fans. One fan also criticized Warner Bros., stating that their “course correction” had gone horribly wrong. Some fan reactions read:

Despite the low predictions, Aquaman 2 is the major release of the Christmas weekend and is expected to top the box office. That said, the box office is looking rather lackluster for this Christmas.


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Why Is James Gunn’s Aquaman 2 Facing Such A Fate?

A still from Aquaman 2
A still from Aquaman 2

Aquaman 2 underwent several test screenings and received poor test scores from the audiences in most of them. The crew reportedly had to reshoot several scenes spanning an additional 7-8 days. Some believe that the film suffers from the same storytelling and execution problems seen in the recent DCEU flops like Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and The Flash.


The film’s $205 million budget will worsen its situation, putting it in a more challenging position than Blue Beetle. The Xolo Maridueña-led film received positive reviews from critics but failed at the box office due to its perceived irrelevance in the bigger DCU picture. Aquaman 2 also faced negative publicity from the Depp v. Heard trial, which saw several dramatic events unfold during the filming process.

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James Gunn also has a possible explanation for this low hype surrounding Aquaman 2. He discussed superhero fatigue, sharing that the stories were becoming all too familiar to the audience. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 22, 2023.


Written by Hashim Asraff

Hashim, Entertainment Writer. With over 500 published articles on FandomWire, he covers a wide range of topics from celebrity life to comic book movies. He holds a Masters degree in Sociology and his expertise proves invaluable in handling sensitive news. His passion for crime investigation thrillers has turned him into a detective, exploring the darkest corners of the internet during his research.