Shazam 2 director David Sandberg 'done with superheroes' after movie bombed

Shazam: Fury of the Gods failed to impress critics on its opening weekend

By Ellen James March 21, 2023
Shazam: Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg opened up about his plans after the movie bombed on the box office

Shazam: Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg expressed that he was "done with superheroes" after the movie opened to a lukewarm reception on its opening weekend.

In a post on Twitter, the director admitted that he was taken aback from the "lowest critic score" and he made what he though was a "good film".

He went on to add that his next move will be into the horror world and that he will no longer be working on superhero projects anymore.

"On Rotten Tomatoes I just got my lowest critic score and my highest audience score on the same film. I wasn’t expecting a repeat of the first movie critically but I was still a little surprised because I think it’s a good film," he wrote. 

"Oh well. As I’ve been saying for a while now I’m very eager to go back to horror (as well as trying some new things). After six years of Shazam I’m definitely done with superheroes for now."

"Just to be clear, I don’t regret even for a second making the Shazam movies," he continued. 

"I’ve learned so much and gotten to work with some truly amazing people. Will forever be grateful that I got to direct two of these! They’ve been very challenging but valuable experiences. One thing I’ve really been looking forward to is disconnecting from the superhero discourse online. A lot of that stresses me out so much and it will be nice not having to think about that anymore."

This comes after  Shazam 2 bombed the box office following its less-than-expected earnings of $30.5 million on its opening weekend.

Considering the movie’s whopping $110 million production budget along with $100 million spent to market it, it is expected that it will be an unlikely scenario for Warner Bros. and DC Comics to cover their exorbitant cost.