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The 10 Worst Superhero Movies Of All Time

16 May 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by Chad Ettelbrick

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If you are anything like me, you have waiting for almost a year for the debut of Iron Man 3. We’ve been seeing trailers for months, and to have finally seen the movie my biggest hope was confirmed. Iron Man 3 was good. I was seriously nervous about it.

See, Marvel Phase 1 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 Batman Begins? It is brilliant. The first Iron Man was a huge gamble that payed 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. At Follow Networks, we are constantly writing and creating content that takes its cues and inspiration from movies and comic books, and we find ourselves talking superheros frequently. 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 RDJ, you might have forgotten about some of these instant…classics….

So here we go. The 10 worst superhero movies ever made. Hit the comments below to tell us which one you think is the worst.

 

10. The Meteor Man (1993)

The Meteor Man

Man gets hit in the chest with a meteor (as we all often do, amiright?) and he 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!!! Who could ever believe it?!?

Robert Townsend turns in a less than stellar performance surrounded by an actually very impressive cast. James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle, Eddie Griffin, Bill Cosby. So much possibility for comic gold with this group, but nothing ever really happens to give you anything close what should happen.

This was an attempt to create a superhero concept and cash in at the box-office, draw on these huge talents’ audience, and make something meaningful.

No. They wanted to make a popcorn movie. I’ll be honest, I’ve seen this movie a number of times and it has some laughs, but it should still be a part of this list.

 

9. My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Right in the middle of the resurgence of popular superhero movies, you have to figure that studios are going to start trying to bring extra money in by crossing genres and creating new exciting films. Enter My Super Ex-Girlfriend. A superhero rom-com (aren’t they all in the end?).

This movie actually had a lot of things going for them. 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 dialoge and a meandering story. Guy gets dumped, superhero girlfriend uses her power to punish him, superhero storyline moves in and she has to save the world. Or every Tuesday as I call it. Sort of. Maybe not.

I’ve watched this movie more times than I’m willing to admit as well (I have a soft spot for Luke Wilson) and it gives you some laughs, but it feels like an overall waste of a good concept.

 

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  • FINAL

    ahahaha, srsly?

  • disqus_3rDGQdTj21

    Green Lantern is totally fine. I could think of at least 10 other comic movies worse. Ryan was totally cool to be honest, the CGI suit thing was a bit bullshit and pointless. A darker script/lines- but as a film/comic film it was totally fine :)

  • pick up bart

    As a little man in the mid 90’s I unfortunately remember watching Batman and Robin in the theater, within the first 15 minutes I knew my parents would never leave it up to me to pick the movie again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Harding/100000145858394 Mark Harding

    Surprised Superman III and IV aren’t here, both were terrible. But I guess respect for the late great Christopher Reeve is in order, only he was able to make even both those films watchable, without a doubt the best man to wear the cape.

    • scooter2407

      Superman III, while bad, is not terrible. The Superman vs. Clark Kent fight alone redeems it.

      • Iam_Sparticus

        Actually, my favorite scene is the barroom scene when he’s getting drunk and starts flipping peanuts at the bottles shattering them. I crack up at that one every time.

    • http://www.plan9studios.com Mike Henderson

      Agreed. And the Fantastic Four movies somehow survived unscathed as well….

    • mynameisbluecanary

      I’m actually amazed that Superman Returns wasn’t on this list. The fact that they returned to the original musical score – great. Brandon Routh seemed like an inspired choice to carry on Reeve’s legacy. But I think things started to go horribly wrong when they cast Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and included a lovechild story. Gack.

    • Andre Breville

      Agreed. But what about Henry Cavill? He exceeded all expetations as Superman.

      • Iam_Spartacus

        Cavill was good, but he was no Chris Reeve. And plus he was a Brit as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.graham.77964 David Graham

    where is ghost rider…nic cage..ugggg

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.boiani Daniel Boiani

    Geez man, a few of these aren’t really even super hero movies at all. Meteor Man? Really? And you found Daredevil and Green Lantern worse that that? Steel? What the hell is that? DD and GL deserved a little more love than you gave them. And you left off the HORRIBLE Superman III and IV. What about Flash Gordon? I know … too 80’s for you. Still … it stunk. Only slightly more than your list.

    • WoWed

      every movie on the list was a superhero movie. Just because they didn’t appear in print first doesn’t mean they aren’t movies about superheroes.

  • Dave Michael

    This guy lost me when he said Jennifer Garner was the saving grace of Daredevil. IMO she was the worst aspect of it. Her acting was very stale and wooden. Her fight scenes were painful to watch. Daredevil (especially the unrated version), was actually pretty decent. As was Ang Lee’s Hulk, minus the dumb ending with Banner’s dad.

    Glad they at least put Catwoman as the worst of the worst though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/soumitra.chakraborty.7 Soumitra Chakraborty

    Green Lantern and the Hulk were great movies to watch. I don’t know why they kept it in worst top 10

    http://soumitrablogpages.blogspot.in/

  • http://Geekshizzle.com/ TheFran

    Yup there really were some bad ones, IMO Green Lantern was not THAT bad. Wheres Ghost Rider… Both of them, the suck level for them doesn’t not even compare to Green Lantern.

  • SecrtSqurl

    There are not enough Green Lantern fans to make a difference if the characters are not exactly thew same, the point is irrelevant.

  • Colonel Mustard

    I think Spawn belongs on this list. I actually like Hulk and Daredevil…

    • http://silentcoder.co.za/ A.J. Venter (silentcoder)

      Odd, I actually really enjoyed the original Spawn movie, it’s subtle references to Macbeth (one of my all-time favorite Shakespeare plays) had a lot to do with that however and the Marilyn Manson soundtrack was awesome.

  • H2Hummerboy

    My god, Green lantern-this movie is sooooo terrible. I hardly made through my iTunes rental of it.

  • Millard Fillmore

    I think Daredevil is generally underrated. Green Lantern’s basic flaw was that it tried too hard to bring in all the stuff that’s become attached to Green Lantern over the years; the Guardians and the Corps, at least, should have been hinted at but introduced in a follow-up film. Superman Returns was worse than most of your 11 here. Meteor Man wasn’t a superhero movie per se, so it really doesn’t belong on the list.

    • Blackbelt_Jones

      I think a big part of the many problems was Ryan, i’m sorry but Hal Jordan was not a funny guy. The tale of the Green Lantern should be a somber tale of a man who wants to serve and protect finding out that there is so much out there that can destroy all those in his life with ease. Imagine if you think 9-11 was the height of horror,then becoming a Lantern and finding out that there are single beings out there aiming at earth that can single handed cause 50 9-11’s….not something to make smarmy jokes about. Unless they were doing the Guy Gardner Lantern,then Ryan would have been perfect,but Hal? No.

  • Blackbelt_Jones

    oh,and Halle Berry was NOT good as Storm,she was the most famous black lady in Hollywood at the time…….that’s it…..that’s why she got the role.

    • scooter2407

      To her credit, Halle Berry personally accepted her Razzie award for this role. I always respected her for that.

  • Brent Webster

    Why would you put Venom in a movie with other villains? Because the only thing interesting about the character is his origin. That necessitates having the black costume on Spidey long enough for him to figure out what it is. That means that you MUST have someone else for the webhead to fight in the meantime.

    That movie was doomed just by the decision to do Venom.

    Of course, that doesn’t excuse the butler scene. You know the one.

  • areyoureallyserious

    So Green Lantern and Hulk are Spider-Man 3 are all worse than the two Ghost Rider movies and Jonah Hex? REALLY??? Please….

  • JS Bragg

    Catwoman?

  • Jackdaw

    90’s Captain America is hillarous compared to these movies.

  • Brett Christie

    Daredevil. OTL I won’t even watch that movie, because Daredevil is my favourite, And I know they ruined him…

  • Ebele Deji Onwugbufor

    fuuuuck 1st class. yeah it was a good movie, but it did something the other x movies never did, massacre the continuity of the over all plot… the guys DID say it was NOT a reboot but a prequel… the continuity was just trashed. the film director and writers obviously did not do research on the other films

  • Allister Cooper

    I agree with what you wrote about Hulk, but let’s not forget another one of Lee’s best films, Lust, Caution. I’ve never seen anything like it. For once, a sex scene was done with exquisite taste. Good story, too.

  • handsomish

    As much as I didn’t want to like Daredevil, because I thought the casting was questionable, I enjoyed it. It was completely loyal to the story line, and I ended up accepting Affleck as the character. Much the same way I felt about Michael Keaton as Batman. I have to agree with most everyones comments on your failure to list the Ghost Rider movies, and Jonah Hex. As well as the totally unwatchable Sin City. You might include Sucker Punch too. Plus some of those Superman movies. And if your going to include Meteor Man, why did you fail to mention Mystery Men. And Catwoman is an honorable mention? It should have easily eclipsed most of the others on this list. This list definately needs a rethink. In fact, if I were to write an article about the 10 worst 10 worst lists, this would most likely be on it.

  • J.A.C.

    Wow this was a worthless list, some many bad films left out.

  • Rick McCallister

    Um, The Spirit?

  • Chuck Jones

    You forgot the avengers. That’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen

  • Jon Null

    I like the original Hulk – some of Ang Lee’s comic page angles, throwing tanks around. I liked Daredevil, and agree that Elektra stole the show. Green Lantern was serviceable. I didn’t like Transformers 2, 3 (though I did like the Dark of the Moon concept). The Amazing Spider-Man is junk (I don’t like the casting) and it need additional villains, and for any sequels I’ll probably wait for the $1/week rental. Catwoman suffered from horrible costume and bad FX. The Avengers was grumpy old men in tights, and should have included cameos by Wolverine and Spider-Man (curious about H-woods obsession with Loki – maybe it’s the shallowness of Thor’s enemy list). I agree with the Batman and Slobin flicks (particularly the Batmobile with floppy fins and neon lighting).

  • SoCritical

    I totally agree with the Steel criticism. That was an awful afternoon movie..

  • IronMan3isaMess

    Punisher: War Zone should definitely be on the list. Also just off the top of my head, Origins – Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four 1 & 2 are all far worse than Spider-Man 3.

  • Samuel Nicholson

    You forgot about Spawn. That was . . . well, I mean, it really tried hard . . .

  • Anthony Poirier

    I would seriously take Green Lantern, Spiderman 3, and Daredevil off this list. I agree they were NOT great movies, but they did not even remotely suck as bad as Fanastic Four, the last 3 Christopher Reeves Superman films, Batman Forever, or the Spirit. At least the other 3 tried to be good, but settled to being “meh.” But certainly not the worst.

  • RupesNotSupes

    I watched Generation X again recently. It’s still shit.

  • Andre Breville

    Green Lantern shouldn’t even be on the list. Sure it wasn’t perfect but it proved to be better than other bad superhero movies that aren’t even on the list. Superman III and IV, Batman Forever, Darkman, the Captain America from the 80’s, all three Punisher movies, both Ghost Rider movies, both Fantastic Four movies, X-men 3, X-men Origins. They’re all worse than Green Lantern.

  • jayman419

    The worst part about “Steel” is that the Reign of the Supermen wasn’t a bad storyline, and as part of a larger Death and Return of Superman, I think it’d make an amazing trilogy or two.

    The money guys don’t care about quality. It’s not something they can measure, so it’s not something they can consider. Bad movies make bank all the time. Great movies go on to become ‘cult classics’ because no one bothers to watch them. What they want is box office.

    And now every time a pitch comes up involving DC’s swansong, they can point to Shaq’s flop and say “Tried it, didn’t work out.”

  • Samick

    I disagree with The Hulk(2003): I think it is the best Hulk movie so far.

  • Aaron Murphy

    It’s always Spider-Man 3…
    My favorite next to Avengers… and people will always call it the worst.
    -_-

  • bamminer

    Maybe Meteor Man deserves it due to its bad superhero script and origin, but it is funny and the acting was very good. Mr Jones from Friday imitating Ali/Meteor Man. What about the Nintendu(Nintendo) line? What about Esther making the “I’ve seen better legs on a pool table” line? What about the scene where he got the Bruce Lee book? Yep, the acting was good and the movie was very funny. Now, the superhero part of it was awful; nothing made any sense. How do you make it better? Maybe by making Meteor Man a guinea pig like Captain America. Derive his strength from a meteorite(experiment), then, make his flight and optic beam/energy absorption artificial. Lose everything else, because meteors don’t have special abilities. Then, maybe make another one, but make him criminal or like “Tommy Gunn” from Rocky V with a cold heart OR make the enemy a war with advanced weaponry from within.