Fans have been waiting years and years for a film version of their favorite book, comic, or whatever. Hollywood gives out one epic preview after another promising something great will make it to the screen. Finally, the movie comes out…and the result is more than underwhelming. It’s enraging.
This trope applies to a scene, character, or event that fans of a series have been waiting and hoping and praying for and led to believe would be in a film version of the series, only to have Hollywood let them down in a big way. In the worst case, this would be a “Hollywood Bait-and-Switch”, in which the filmmaker actually sells the specific idea that a certain thing will be in the movie only to have it be a major let down. In most cases, however, it’s a situation where fans hoped for the best and were severely disappointed. In this case, however, Hollywood still had to provide a reason for that hope.
Under the right conditions, a movie itself can be a Hollywood (Bleep) You, but only if the fandom was led to believe the movie would play out in a certain way (i.e. led to believe the plot would be something else).
The key aspect is Hollywood provides reasonable hope for one thing and then gives a let down. If Hollywood puts out a live action version of something without “making promises”, explicitly or implicitly, then the movie can’t meet this trope. Hence, as bad as the live action “Street Fighter” movie was, it never really promised to be anything other than Jean Claude Van Damme as Guile beating up some terrorist named M. Bison played by Raul Julia and is not a Hollywood (Bleep) You.
In “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”, the “Voice of Saruman” chapter was completely left out, providing no resolution with Saruman despite being the Big Bad Wannabe for two movies. Also, the “Mouth of Sauron” scene was actually merchandised prior to the film’s release but cut at the last minute. In all fairness, however, these two scenes were put back in within the Extended Version.
In the “Harry Potter” series, there are many of these. (Dobby’s numerous scenes that would have made the audience warm up to him much sooner than in the next to last film as an example.) To pick on one in particular… Despite being the focal point of the third movie, the one responsible for Voldemort’s return, and the fact he receives his comeuppance in the seventh book, Peter Pettigrew’s fate was left up in the air in the film versions.
In the original “Spider-Man” film series, Venom was touted in the final trailer and ended up being an underwhelming 10 Minute Villain.
In “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, Galactus is never seen. The closest we get is a bunch of fire that vaguely resembles his helmet.
“Green Lantern” and “Superman Returns” are both debatably Hollywood (Bleep) Yous. “Batman and Robin” is not because most of its campiness was apparent in the previews.
Considering the “Resident Evil” series, the original movie is not a Hollywood (Bleep) You because it promised only the Umbrella Corporation and zombies. Later films, however, would introduce iconic characters from the game series only to serve as Placeholder Side Characters, such as Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy. Those were Hollywood (Bleep) Yous.
In the live action “Mortal Kombat” movie, Goro, who is barely motile and ultimately beaten by a few hits from Johnny Cage, is a Hollywood (Bleep) You. The entire sequel was a Hollywood (Bleep) You.
The biggest one in recent history is “Iron Man 3”, which few people would dispute used the fact that the Mandarin would be the villain as one of the film’s major selling points, only for the film to be an adaptation of the Extremis storyline. This is also a Hollywood Bait-and-Switch.
“The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” is at least partially a Hollywood (Bleep) You and Hollywood Bait-and-Switch as the end of “The Avengers” clearly teased Thanos as the next villain.