Hollywood doesn’t care about its viewers, the actor believes.
It's not often that movie sequels do as well as their predecessors.
While there are some great examples in the industry, such as Shrek 2, which grossed almost twice as much as the first installment, there are many more cases that show the opposite. Superhero movies are no exception.
While some accept their failure with grace and move on to other projects, others don't seem to get over their feelings so easily. With the amount of time and effort that goes into each production, it's understandable to be upset about something, but throwing shade at others may be a bit much.
Zachary Levi, the star of DC's Shazam franchise, has been very outspoken about audiences being too hard on Shazam! Fury of Gods, as the movie received a lot of criticism online.
However, the actor seems to support the critical approach when it comes to other Hollywood productions:
“I personally feel like the amount of content that comes out of Hollywood that is garbage – they don’t care enough to actually make it great for you guys. They don’t. <...> We have to actively not choose the garbage,” he said at Chicago Fan Expo.
Of course, Levi didn't specify which types of movies or which studios and producers, in particular, were guilty of making and promoting "garbage," but his statement raised a few eyebrows in disbelief. Coming out so harshly against an industry right after your own project suffered a box office failure is considered bold, to say the least.
Whether or not you agree with Zachary Levi on the point of content consumption, you have to agree with the actor's support of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes taking place in Los Angeles.
Until industry professionals are paid and treated fairly, there is little to no chance that the quality of content will change.
If you want to check out Levi's Shazam! movies and see for yourself if the quality holds up, you can stream both installments on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or VUDU.