The idea of keeping a franchise running as optimally and efficiently as possible is quite simple, the films just have to make a significant amount of profit and generate the audience’s interest for more of it. Thus, when the old cinematic universe failed in this aspect, James Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed as new CEOs of DC Films and tasked with the responsibility to bring a new era of the DC cinematic universe to life.
And while the new top officials are hard at work to bring their vision of the new DCU to life, they also have to supervise the outgoing batch of films from the old DCEU, which consists of the recently released Shazam! Fury of the Gods. But as mentioned earlier, a big box office collection means a series will have more projects in the future, something that the film has failed to do, which has led to Zachary Levi being oblivious to its future.
Zachary Levi Doesn’t Know If James Gunn Will Continue The Shazam! Series Or Not
With the release of the much-awaited Shazam! Fury of the Gods, fans were excited to get back into the goofy shenanigans of Billy Batson and his family as they get used to becoming superheroes on the side. But the box office collection after a couple of weeks has revealed that the film starring Zachary Levi hasn’t made the projected impact in cinemas with a meager $109 Million collection. Thus, this performance might’ve put the future of the series in jeopardy.
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In the recent past, Levi was at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, where he was part of a panel. There, he was asked by a journalist what the future of his franchise in the DCU will hold after the performance of the recent movie. In honesty, Levi replied that he has no clue what the franchise will look like in the future and that he had no interaction with James Gunn and Peter Safran after its release, which further drowns the optimism. He said:
“So, they don’t tend to make more products of something that didn’t make them the money that they wanted, right? I would love to keep playing this role. I am literally paid to be an immature version of myself. I would highly recommend. But, I don’t know. And I haven’t had any conversations about it. So, I’m just kind of here, living life!”
Thus, with the box office collection looking dry as well as the interest of people waning from the franchise, we will have to see whether Gunn tries to save it or make something new entirely.
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What’s Next For Thr DCU?
After the disappointing performance of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, all stakes are now tied to the upcoming The Flash starring Ezra Miller, which will reset the entire DCEU and start all over again with Gunn’s and Safran’s vision of the new DCU. The upcoming projects that will shape the first chapter of the cinematic universe titled ‘Gods and Monsters’ have also been briefly stated, and the work has already begun, which means it won’t be long till we witness a new era of DC Films.
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods, now in cinemas