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The 10 Worst Superhero Movie Sequels Of All Time

01 August 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by Chad Ettelbrick

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What do you do when your movie makes a ton of money at the box office? You make a sequel! But not all sequels are created equally. Especially when you look at superhero movies. Generally, movies that feature over-the-top heroes do well-enough to get sequels. The problem we face is when these movies are rushed and become something different all together. Today we’re looking at the worst Superhero Movie Sequels made.


10. Fantastic Four:  Rise of the Silver Surfer


Before we had the wave of great superhero and comic-book movies that we have now, the Fantastic Four movies were hitting theaters and getting people in the seats. The first FF movie had a lot of great things in it, from an exciting cast to a somewhat faithful and strangely believable portrayal of The Thing (though seeing it now makes the tech limitations clear and it hasn’t even been that long). When we got word that the sequel would feature comic-book favorite Silver Surfer, most of the fanboys in the world were very excited. Silver Surfer is a downright cool character. Sometimes bad, sometimes good, always shiny. The first images that were released were cool, showing us a movie Silver Surfer who looked amazing. The problem, we would soon find out, was that the story surrounding the Silver Surfer was pretty weak, as were most of the actors performances.  Where the first movie felt fun, this movie felt tired.


9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance


Where do I even begin with this flick. How about with Nick Cage’s love of this character? He seems to enjoy playing him so much that the context and the script don’t matter at all. The story in this flick, involving the devil taking human form, is overall just bad. It doesn’t flow, doesn’t try to connect the dots, and there isn’t much substance. Bad dialogue. Nick Cage at an all time low as far as acting in concerned, which is shocking considering how low he is able to go. Direction isn’t great, which I was shocked by. The team behind Crank (which is a fun, enjoyable movie) and Gamer (another I liked for no real reason) don’t give us much to work with here. I’m shocked this movie made it to theaters, let alone to production.



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  • Turo

    Damn, Spider-Man 3 didn’t even make the list…

  • scooter2407

    Superman 3 makes the list but Superman 4 doesn’t? Superman 3 at least had the awesome Clark-vs-Superman fight, the cool chemical plant opener and the always great ‎Annette O’Toole

  • Cody Taylor

    I honestly didn’t think X3 was as bad as people make it out to be. Sure there were problems rampant, but it was still entertaining as long as you’re not a hardcore Cyclops fan. Gotta admit he couldn’t get a break.

    I also think people give Batman and Robin too much hate, and it bugs me. It’s a campy movie. Enjoy the camp, go with the camp and don’t throw such fits over some goddamn nipples on the batsuits like most (you didn’t but it’s a common complaint). Roman breastplates had nipples and people don’t seem too distracted by them! Plus the dialogue wasn’t hard to follow as a child let alone an adult, and it’s a comic book movie pre-Nolan so having a sensible plot isn’t really a priority. As long as you don’t pick apart unrealistic things that go against the characters and reality it’s a fun film. Like the Joker said: “Why so serious?”

    But Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was so terrible I’d move it up higher. It and Dark Shadows are the only two movies I’ve ever seriously considered walking out on, and only stayed because I didn’t want to waste the ticket money I had already paid.

    Actually surprised Spiderman 3 didn’t make the list, even though I treat it like X3 in that although severely flawed I still managed to find entertainment in it.

  • DR. Nonads

    cody taylor i completely agree with you these “bad” sequels arent all that bad. campy movies are the most fun to watch. i too enjoyed batman and robin it was a fun silly take on batman much like the 60’s version. but i did like the fact that nick cage did at least play both blaze and ghost rider and not switch to a body actor for the latter part. TMNTS 3 made me want to cry when i saw it as a kid it was a cheap useless piece of crap to try to cash in on the turtles.

  • paulj

    I enjoyed X3 too but then I enjoyed Batman and Robin – after I got over Arnold Schwarzenegger out acting everyone else. I guess I liked it coz it was just like the old Adam West/Burt Ward tongue in cheek stuff and had a sexy Batgirl. Lolz I’m happy as a clam with that one it’s the ones that take emselves seriously I have issue with.