The Dark Knight trilogy and Marvel Phase 1 films set a new standard for what superhero movies can be. We’ve come a long way in the last decade, and we have been treated to some real gems. Have you watched “The Dark Knight Rises”? It is brilliant. The first “Iron Man” was a huge gamble that played off and started a train of great movies that led to the crowning jewel of superhero movies, “The Avengers.”
It wasn’t but a few years ago that superhero movies were…let’s go with “not great.”
It’s time for a trip down memory lane folks. Today, we are going to give you a look at some of the worst superhero movies ever made, and let me be the first to tell you, this is quite a list. With all the recent success at the box office, the impressive amount of zeros that accompany superhero movies box office sales, and the charming good looks of Robert Downey, you might have forgotten about some of these instant…classics?
So here we go. The ten most awful superhero movies ever made…
10. METEOR MAN (1993)
Man gets hit in the chest with a meteor and gains super powers to fight those who are causing trouble on the streets of his town. Holy wow! What a premise! And guess what? The movie sucks just as much as you might imagine that it does.
9. GENERATION X (1996)
For those unfamiliar, Generation X is a storyline from the comics that focuses on a teenage faction of the X-Men who are not mentored by Xavier, but instead by Banshee and Emma Frost. Sadly, the movie was not good at all. Acting, story, look, feel—it all missed horribly.
8. MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND (2006)
This movie actually had a lot of things going for it. Great cast (Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson). Decent premise. Enough of a chance to be something good. Instead it gets dragged down by plenty of cheesy dialogue and a meandering story.
7. HULK (2003)
Ang Lee is a great director. Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, both very good. That is the end of the good with this movie. This movie is very easy to diagnose. Ang Lee directs introspective, character driven movies very well. The Hulk, as a character, does not function well in that format.
6. SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)
I want to like this movie so much. It’s Spider-Man. And Sam Raimi. The real issue comes from the fact that there are close to 700 villains in this movie. Okay, maybe three. The sheer amount of story and character make this movie tough to stomach.
5. GREEN LANTERN (2011)
This movie was a throwaway and a bust. Why? Because it was bad. The writing and Ryan Reynold’s acting were decidedly not Hal Jordan. At the very least, Ryan met Blake Lively, and now they are probably the best looking couple on the planet.
4. ELEKTRA (2005)
When a fierce warrior survives a near-death experience, she becomes a killer for hire. As in, she was hired to kill the audience. It was bad. That’s what I’m trying to say here. Not a strong enough character (or acting for that matter) to carry an entire flick on its own.
3. DAREDEVIL (2003)
Like “Elektra,” this is another poorly done origin story. The direction and acting are both poor. On the bright side, Ben Affleck meets his future wife. That has to be worth something to moviegoers, right? Wrong. We don’t care about your love story, Affleck.
2. BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)
From the outset, this movie was a dud. It was immediately called out for its very un-Batman like stylings. Mr. Freeze became very cartoony, Poison Ivy was almost a gimmick character, Alicia Silverstone was a poor choice in a bad role. The story left a lot to desired. Also, Bat-Nipples.
1. STEEL (1997)
This movie was a disaster from the get-go. Terrible effects (even for the time). Don’t even call what this movie has acting. At the end of the day, this was a chance to grab money from Shaq fans. Don’t watch it.