Summer 2023: A Season of Blockbuster Movie Flops

by Sherif M. Awad 

Summer 2023: A Season of Blockbuster Movie Flops

The Flash: A Superhero Movie That Failed to Impress

The Flash is a superhero movie based on the DC character of the same name, starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, a young man who gains super speed after being struck by lightning. In this movie, Barry uses his power to travel back in time and save his mother from being murdered, but his actions have unforeseen consequences. He finds himself in a world where superheroes do not exist and General Zod, a ruthless alien warlord, has returned to conquer Earth. To stop him, Barry must team up with a retired Batman (Michael Keaton), another Barry (Grant Gustin) from a different timeline, and an imprisoned Kryptonian (Henry Cavill) who is not the Superman he knows. The movie is directed by Andy Muschietti, best known for his horror films It and Mama.
The Flash was supposed to be one of the biggest blockbusters of summer 2023, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment for both critics and audiences. The movie received mostly negative reviews, with critics calling it a mess of plot holes, poor CGI, and wasted potential. The movie also performed poorly at the box office, earning only $139 million worldwide in its opening weekend, far below its $200 million budget. The movie’s failure was attributed to several factors, such as the lack of promotion by Warner Bros., the competition from other superhero movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, who was accused of assaulting a fan in 2020.Elemental: Pixar’s First Flop in Years
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Babylon: A Star-Studded Hollywood Epic That Nobody Watched

Babylon is a historical drama movie written and directed by Damien Chazelle, best known for his Oscar-winning musical La La Land. The movie features an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, and Li Jun Li. The movie chronicles the rise and fall of multiple characters during Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound films in the late 1920s1. The movie explores themes of ambition, excess, decadence, and depravity in early Hollywood.
Babylon was expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters of summer 2023, but it turned out to be a huge flop for both critics and audiences. The movie received mostly negative reviews, with critics calling it a messy, exhausting, and self-indulgent tale of early Hollywood that failed to capture the magic and charm of Chazelle’s previous works. The movie also performed poorly at the box office, earning only $63 million worldwide against a production budget of $78–80 million13. The movie’s failure was attributed to several factors, such as the mismatch between the genre and the audience, the lack of awards recognition, the poor marketing strategy, and the competition from other historical dramas like The Crown and Downton Abbey. She Said: A Powerful Story That Got Lost in Translation
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Three Thousand Years of Longing: A Fantasy Romance That Nobody Cared About

Three Thousand Years of Longing is a fantasy romance movie from the visionary director of Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller. The movie stars Tilda Swinton as Dr. Alithea Binnie, an academic who travels to Istanbul and encounters a mysterious djinn, played by Idris Elba, who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. As they get to know each other, the djinn tells her fantastical stories of his past, involving the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon, and other legendary figures.
The movie was expected to be a unique and original adventure from one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of our time, but it turned out to be a disappointment for both critics and audiences. The movie received mixed reviews, with some praising its visual splendor, score, and performances, but others criticizing its slow pace, confusing plot, and lack of emotional resonance. The movie also performed poorly at the box office, earning only $63 million worldwide against a production budget of $78–80 million. The movie’s failure was attributed to several factors, such as its obscure title that did not convey its genre or premise, its mismatched stars who did not have much chemistry or charisma, and its lack of appeal to mainstream audiences who preferred more conventional and familiar stories.
Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson’s Last Hurrah as a DC Superhero

Black Adam is a superhero movie based on the DC character of the same name, starring Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam, a man who was granted the powers of the Egyptian gods and imprisoned for 5,000 years. The movie follows his escape from his earthly tomb and his encounter with the Justice Society of America, a group of heroes that includes Hawkman, Atom Smasher, Cyclone, and Doctor Fate. The movie is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Johnson on Jungle Cruise.
Black Adam was supposed to be one of the biggest blockbusters of summer 2023, but it turned out to be a mediocre affair for both critics and audiences. The movie received mixed reviews, with critics praising its action sequences, visual effects, and Johnson’s performance, but also criticizing its weak story, bland characters, and lack of humor. The movie also performed modestly at the box office, earning only $139 million worldwide against a production budget of $200 million. The movie’s failure was attributed to several factors, such as Johnson’s declining popularity, DC’s new direction, and Black Adam’s lack of charisma.Conclusion: What Went Wrong with Summer 2023 Movies?
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Frequently Asked Questions: Summer 2023 Movies

n this section, we will answer some of the most interesting and relevant questions about summer 2023 movies. These questions and answers are based on our research and analysis of the movies and their performance. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Q: What was the highest-grossing movie of summer 2023?
A: According to Box Office Mojo, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 was by far the highest-grossing movie of summer 2023 with $1.4 billion worldwide. It was also one of the few movies that received positive reviews and audience reactions.
Q: What was the lowest-grossing movie of summer 2023?
A: According to Box Office Mojo, Three Thousand Years of Longing was the lowest-grossing movie of summer 2023 with $18 million worldwide. It was also one of the most expensive movies to make with a budget of $200 million.
Q: What was the most critically acclaimed movie of summer 2023?
A: According to Rotten Tomatoes, She Said was the most critically acclaimed movie of summer 2023 with a 94% rating from critics. It was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Q: What was the most controversial movie of summer 2023?
A: According to Variety, The Flash was the most controversial movie of summer 2023 due to the legal troubles and assault allegations against its star Ezra Miller. The movie also faced backlash from fans who were unhappy with the changes made to the DC multiverse.
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Sherif M. Awad
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