SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS Star Zachary Levi Says Hollywood Tricks Moviegoers With Garbage Movies

SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS Star Zachary Levi Says Hollywood Tricks Moviegoers With Garbage Movies

At a fan convention this past weekend, Chuck and Shazam! star Zachary Levi told his audience that they need to stop letting Hollywood trick them into purchasing tickets for garbage films.

By MarkJulian - Aug 13, 2023 09:08 PM EST
Source: EW

Zachary Levi is still on the fan convention circuit it seems as the Shazam: Fury of the Gods star recently made a guest appearance at the Chicago Fan Expo on Saturday.

Levi previously came under fire for comments he made earlier this month at the Manchester Comic-Con in the UK, where he described the SAG-AFTRA strike rules as "dumb" because he wasn't allowed to talk about any of his past film and television projects.

However, his comments at the Chicago Fan Expo were reportedly well-received by attendees.

"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," Levi said to reported huge applause, per Entertainment Weekly.

"How many times do you watch a trailer and go, 'Oh my god, this looks so cool!' Then you go to the movie and it's like, 'This was what I get?'" Levi stated. "They know that once you've already bought the ticket and you're in the seat, they've got your money. And the only way for us to change any of it is to not go to the garbage. We have to actively not choose the garbage. It'll help. It'll help a lot."

While his comments may have been well-received by the audience at his panel, DCEU fans online are wondering if Levi is taking a stab at Warner Bros.

It's an understatement to say that Shazam: Fury of the Gods didn't perform at the box office as well as Levi or Warner Bros. would have hoped. However, that film's box office failure has seemingly been overshadowed by the huge loss WB is now burdened with by The Flash.

What are your thoughts on Levi's statement? Do you think he's making a veiled dig at Warner Bros. or is he simply making a general argument against Hollywood blockbusters?

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TheVandalore - 8/13/2023, 9:39 PM
We did. That's why your garbage flopped. Are you gonna stop starring in garbage?
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:03 AM
@TheVandalore -

Cranking out formulaic BS to earn a paycheck?

iceballsreborn - 8/14/2023, 4:51 AM
@TheVandalore - not many people know but hes going into Partnership with John and Ray to put together a 'Masterclass' series.. how to destroy your career in 3 steps.
IronDean2099 - 8/13/2023, 9:39 PM
Well it didn't work for Shazam 2 did it, bozo?

Go home Zach, you're making a mess with all your words.
Kadara - 8/13/2023, 9:39 PM
I had that exact feeling while watching Fury of the Gods, thank God I didn't spend any money on it though.
Matchesz - 8/13/2023, 9:40 PM
Cant wait for The Marvels with female Ronan the accuser in suede
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:05 AM
@Matchesz -

KaptainKhaos - 8/14/2023, 1:47 AM
@Matchesz - I would say that female accusers exist in the comics but I just remembered that today's marvel fans don't actually know anything from the comics
ModHaterSLADE - 8/13/2023, 9:42 PM
Oooh! Many will say this reeks of irony of that disappointing sequel.
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:06 AM
@ModHaterSLADE -

We live in a post irony world. Reality exists only in the moment and even thought we record everything nobody has a memory longer than 2.5 minutes. Maybe it's all the week we have been smoking.

TheLobster - 8/13/2023, 9:45 PM
I wouldn’t call Shazam 2 garbage but it’s definitely forgettable which isn’t much better.

Anyways another typical Zachary Levi L. I used to like this guy but he’s turned into a total douche recently lol
AmazingFILMporg - 8/13/2023, 11:59 PM
@TheLobster -

IDK who his agent is but he needs to advise him to STFU 💁
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:08 AM
@AmazingFILMporg -
1. Read lines on page, no improvisation
2. Cash Check
3. Go home and stay away from social media and give no interviews.
4. Enjoy your life.
dracula - 8/13/2023, 9:47 PM
Michael Bay is evidence of this being true

But id say in more recent years the higher grossing films have been higher qualiity
GhostDog - 8/13/2023, 9:48 PM
Bro speaking from experience
Ha1frican - 8/13/2023, 9:49 PM
This dude has a lot of unearned confidence. I’ve never seen him in anything where he was any good, he’s the only real low point of the Shazam movies
dracula - 8/13/2023, 10:53 PM
@Ha1frican - you should check out Chuck

First 3 seasons are gold
minato808 - 8/13/2023, 11:17 PM
@dracula - He’s not gonna do that he just wanted to make his point. And Chuck was a fun watch.
Ha1frican - 8/13/2023, 11:38 PM
@dracula - Tried watching it back in the day, caught maybe 2 episodes and didn’t care for it. It’s pretty typical network TV of that era
tmp3 - 8/13/2023, 9:55 PM
Still the worst movie i’ve seen all year
RockReigns - 8/13/2023, 9:58 PM
The trailers for Fury of the Gods looked like sh*t. The movie was even worse.

Zachary needs to learn to STFU.
MosquitoFarmer - 8/13/2023, 10:03 PM
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:09 AM
@MosquitoFarmer -

PeterDarker121 - 8/13/2023, 10:04 PM
He gotta lotta mouth about things lately
Forthas - 8/13/2023, 10:04 PM
Yeah but...wasn't he encouraging us to see Shazam 2?

I get the feeling he is talking about and is a dig at Marvel films. In other words making the case that the success of Marvel films is unwarranted.
Vigor - 8/14/2023, 7:14 AM
@Forthas - I was reading it as a dig at flash and morbius
Forthas - 8/14/2023, 8:24 AM
@Vigor - why would he take a dig at Flash?
Vigor - 8/14/2023, 9:17 AM
@Forthas - because it's a poor movie that Hollywood amped up to be better than it was. Pretty much his quote from the article
dragon316 - 8/13/2023, 10:09 PM
What he said is true half of it
DarthOmega - 8/13/2023, 10:13 PM
So everyone is asking for less garbage out of Hollywood. Someone from Hollywood agrees and says something about it. You guys shit on him? Granted Shazam 2 sucked but that doesn't make his comment wrong.
HulkisHoly - 8/14/2023, 12:43 AM
@DarthOmega -

Agreed. Not sure where all the hate for Levinis coming from. Shazam 2 wasn’t schindlers list but it also wasn’t suicide squad or Thor 4 levels of bad. It was just a middle of the road flick. I’d even say it could be as good if not better than the first since it had a more consistent tone throughout.
TheVandalore - 8/14/2023, 1:29 AM
@DarthOmega - it comes off as hypocritical and cry babyish when dude was just a part of the thing he's condemning.

It's like walking out of a KFC having just eaten buckets of chicken and trying to tell everyone how great chicken is to eat, to immediately turn around and claim eating meat is evil and condemning the whole institution of meat eating while bro still has his doggy bag from KFC still in his [frick]ing hand.

We may agree that eating meat is bad, but dude clearly looks like a tool and we are just calling him out on it. He could at least wipe his mouth first and floss the chicken out his teeth before telling us we are the problem.
Skestra - 8/13/2023, 10:36 PM
Was "Fury of the Gods" garbage? Yes. Did I know it was going to be garbage? Yes.
But I went in for Grace Caroline Currey and by God, I was not disappointed!

LSHF - 8/13/2023, 11:59 PM
@Skestra - Wow!

I should stop gazing at her now.
Fogs - 8/14/2023, 4:42 AM
@Skestra - Googled her and also found a couple good reasons.
bcom - 8/13/2023, 10:37 PM
Well, he's not wrong. All most of the studio heads care about is making money for their stock holders. That's their job. Most couldn't care less if what they're putting out is good or not. As long as it puts bums in seats that's all that really matters to them. If studio heads really cared about releasing quality product then they would've negotiated with these strikes on day 1 instead of looking for alternate ways to save money and release movies/shows as cheaply as possible.
Goldboink - 8/14/2023, 12:10 AM
@bcom -

Of course he's not wrong. They churn out garbage, don't want to pay the people who make said garbage, and jazz up the trailer to make it look good. He's just the wrong guy to be delivering that message.
Nightmare - 8/13/2023, 10:37 PM

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