The DC Extended Universe has had severe trouble finding a special place in the hearts of the public and is not yet dealing with them. New information reveals that, despite having improved on the subject of reviews and ratings, the DCEU films still do not manage to be as good at the box office as Warner would like. Despite the best efforts, this series still remains below ideal revenues, as even recent releases have not exceeded analysts’ forecasts. In the following paragraphs we discuss all the details.
Movies like The Man of Steel – 55%, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – 27%, The suicide squad – 91% and League of Justice – 41% made notable box office revenues but ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes they are still disastrous; although Aquaman – 73% and Wonder Woman – 92% They turned out to be different, things didn’t get much better with Wonder Woman 1984. They have been difficult years for the DC Extended Universe but the horizon doesn’t seem too bright, not with recent events.
At the end of 2020 we had the premiere of Wonder Woman 1984, while this 2021 arrived The suicide squad – 91%, DCEU movies licensed by Warner Bros. Both got simultaneous theatrical and streaming releases, both managed to get the affection of fans and good comments from the press (more or less), however, their performance was not as expected. Wonder Woman 1984 – 76% it was harassed for being the premiere that would make the difference after the pandemic, but things did not go well; Secondly, Suicide squad it achieved excellent reviews, but its gross also fell short of expectations.
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Wonder Woman 1984 amassed $ 166 million at the box office, while The suicide squad – 91% US $ 144 million (and is still on the billboard); the other failure that did have a theatrical release in 2020 was Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of a Harley Quinn – 75%, with only US $ 201 million (and without a pandemic). Although Warner has improved in the development of its productions, it still has not managed to become a money magnet at the level of Marvel Studios. A point against the study is the presence of the global health crisis, which was installed in March 2020 and since then has not allowed the Hollywood industry to breathe easy; the DCEU looks black now and in the future, but we will have to wait for time to pass to look at the reality of tomorrow.
In the meantime we can wait for the next releases of the DCEU, one of them is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, sequel to Aquaman that he intends to break the billion dollar barrier again. The King of the Sea movie was a hit at the end of 2018 and the sequel will arrive in late 2022, a time when higher grossing is expected for all of Hollywood. Jason Momoa He will return as Arthur Curry for a new underwater adventure and expectations are high (although not so much with the presence of Amber Heard as Princess Mera after their 2020 scandals), will it become a hit of the card?
Another that is on the way is Shazam! Fury of the Gods. This sequel will once again be directed by David F. Sandberg, who in 2019 was very proud of the success of his film. Before the premiere, many had little faith in its triumph, because from the trailers it looked like a very different film than what we generally see in the DC Extended Universe. Fury of the Gods has a release scheduled for June 2, 2023. Will we see a better future for the DCEU?
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