David F. Sandberg Reacts To Shazam! 2’s Criticism

Last Friday, the second big superhero movie of 2022 arrived in theaters. And as was the case with Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, critics haven’t exactly been thrilled by DC’s own Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The sequel’s mixed reception has resulted in a Rotten Tomatoes score of 53%, a sharp decline from the original Shazam!’s rating of 90%. Now, director David F. Sandberg is finally weighing in. In a new thread posted on Twitter, Sandberg reflected on Shazam 2’s occasionally harsh criticism, and he also shared some surprising news about what he plans to do next.

Fury of the Gods is now officially the lowest-reviewed film of Sandberg’s career on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it also has the highest audience score of any film he’s directed, something he was taken aback by. Sandberg admitted that he wasn’t expecting the sequel to reach the critical heights of its predecessor. Regardless, he assured viewers that he’s still proud of the final cut.

Aside from its critical reception, the movie’s opening weekend gross of just $30 million domestic doesn’t exactly bode well for a potential Shazam! 3. However, it doesn’t sound like Sandberg is eager to return to the DC Universe anytime soon. In a subsequent tweet, he confirmed that he will be taking a break from the superhero genre in order to make another horror film. And while he may not have any regrets about captaining Billy Batson’s cinematic journey thus far, there is one aspect of directing a superhero movie that he isn’t going to miss.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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