Aquaman 2 has finally hit theaters across the globe, marking the end of the DC Extended Universe. However, the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score signals a less-than-grand finale for Jason Momoa’s time as the Defender of the Deep.
The DCEU has truly gone out with a whimper. Aquaman 2 is the sequel to one of the most successful comic book movies of all time, yet it seems along with Warner Bros. refusing to market it, the project isn’t sitting right with critics. At the time of writing, the Rotten Tomatoes score for Jason Momoa’s final outing as Aquaman sits at a dismal 38%.
Of course, this doesn’t mean Aquaman 2 is an automatic dub. DCEU movies are known for having large gaps between critic and audience scores. The project also isn’t far behind its predecessor, with Jason Momoa’s first outing as Aquaman only earning a 65% Tomatometer score. Regardless of how much a Rotten Tomatoes score matters, it certainly doesn’t look good to the finale of the supposed MCU competitor.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have all been released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, all four projects struggling at the box office. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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