Super hero movies: we all love them, we all watch ’em. However, there are some films out there either so awful, or so unsuccessful that they failed to so much as launch a sequel. Yes, we’re well aware that Batman and Robin and Spider-man 3 should be on this list, but we’re talking about films which killed a franchise’s future well before it even had a chance to begin. These are our picks, but we’re open to more suggestions.
Fan purists originally took issue with the depiction of Wilson Fisk as African American. To the contrary, Clarke Duncan’s performance was bearable compared to the rest of the movie. Ben Affleck’s skirmish with Jennifer Gartner only scratches the surface of how dumb this movie was.
We don’t know what Marvel’s been drinking. Whatever made them believe that a failed super hero adaptation would spawn a successful spin-off is beyond us. It’s no surprise that this left any hopes for a Daredevil reboot in development hell.
The Punisher (1989, 2004, 2008)
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice, shame on everyone. Marvel has attempted to reboot the Punisher franchise several times after it’s first failed attempt in 1989. There are suggestions that another film is still in the works in spite of this.
The Guyver (1991)
Here’s an idea: let’s take the most ultra-violent anime of the 1980s and adapt it into a campy slapstick. The sequel was an improvement with “Solid Snake” replacing the lead, but that’s not saying a lot.
Captain America (1990)
Mention to someone that they already made a Captain America movie and they’ll ask why they haven’t heard of it. Now show it to them and they’ll understand why. We predict that J.D. Salinger disowned his son for his “phony” portrayal of the star-spangled hero.
Critics bashed it for its over reliance on special effects to captivate audiences. We’ll admit that the action was cutting edge for its time, but Malebolgia’s appearance was awfully rendered even for the 90s. The movie was a modest box office success, but not enough to warrant a sequel.
Judge Dredd (1995)
Both a critical and box office disaster, Judge Dredd was merely a skeleton of its source material. Never mind that it was as ambitious as a presidential candidate, but had the direction of a high school play. What we want to know is why Dredd didn’t have his trademark helmet throughout most of the film.
Again with the spin-offs. Admittedly, Helen Slater was cute enough to play Kara, but unfortunately her personality was about as three-dimensional as a piece of paper.