“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is set to make its debut on HBO Max, which is soon to be rebranded as Max, on May 23. Despite opening as the number one film at the box office, this DC Comics adaptation had a somewhat subdued start, managing just under a $30 million opening weekend.
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The movie features Zachary Levi and Asher Angel reprising their roles as Billy Batson, along with his foster siblings, as they utilize their transformative abilities to confront the Daughters of Atlas, a menacing threat to the world. The star-studded cast includes Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Lucy Liu, and Helen Mirren, while director David F. Sandberg returns to helm the project.
Besides its underwhelming opening weekend, which is especially noteworthy given its substantial $125 million production cost, the critical reception for “Fury of the Gods” has also taken a dip compared to the acclaim received by its predecessor. Presently, the film holds a 26% approval rating among leading critics on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, it received a “B+” rating from the research firm Cinema Score, marking a decline from the original film’s “A” grade.
Variety’s film critic Owen Gleiberman expressed in his review, “While the villains are vanquished, and the mythology’s arc is fulfilled, the true narrative at play here is the transformation of what appeared to be a superhero tale rich in charm and whimsy into a conformist superhero franchise. The prevailing force responsible for this transformation is the true adversary that needs to be overcome.”
If you’re not inclined to subscribe to an HBO Max account for streaming the film when it debuts in May, you can also opt to rent or purchase it on-demand through Prime Video, the platform where the original film is available. Additionally, Prime Video offers a 7-day free trial of HBO Max, providing a more budget-friendly option for those interested in binge-watching both movies.
Mark your calendars to stream “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” on HBO Max, starting May 23.