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Ever since the SnyderVerse was put out to pasture, the chasm between the DCU fandom has been growing ever wider, but nobody really seems to take much interest in what the general public thinks about the franchise’s ongoing civil war.

That might be because they’re not interested or completely unaware of what’s going on, to be honest. If you plucked 100 people off the street who had designs on seeing The Flash and then questioned them for their thoughts on whether or not the SnyderVerse should be restored, or their opinion on James Gunn’s suitability for both the co-CEO role and architect of Chapter 1: Gods & Monsters, there’s a chance they might not have a clue what you were talking about.

Paul Dano as The Riddler in The Batman 2
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While it’s true that both Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash bombing can be partially attributed to their irrelevance in the grand scheme of the DCU, the fact that the two highest-grossing of the company’s comic book adaptations to have released in the five years since Aquaman set an all-time record indicates that maybe canon and forging ahead with a shared universe isn’t even the smartest option.

Joker and Batman have comfortably out-earned Shazam!, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam, and Fury of the Gods, and they’re already guaranteed to handily defeat The Flash, too. That’s seven canonical under-performers in a row, and with two more still to come by the end of the year, the indictment on the apathetic approach paying customers have to a superhero shared continuity that isn’t Marvel’s could be more damning than ever before.


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