Dear Superhero Fans,
They can’t all fly, can they?
For the second instalment of our Worst Movies A-Z series with WatchMojo, we took on the weakest superhero films ever made. That’s right, even little old us felt like we could beat on these clunkers. Enjoy:
As you can see, we gave ourselves some guidelines:
- Worst film per letter
- Skip articles in the title (the, an, a, etc.)
- Big let-downs more likely to be picked
Proportionally, superhero films probably have the biggest budget of any genre. So the fun here is we’re always punching up. That doesn’t mean we completely ignored the early regrettable movies of, say Captain America and Nick Fury, but we certainly weren’t afraid to also call out the movies that had every chance to succeed - in some cases, multiple chances *cough cough” Fantastic Four.
Plus, they say failure is the best teacher, so here’s a bit of what we learned along the way:
LESSONS FROM WORST SUPERHERO A-Z
WORST DECADE: 2010s
Same decade as the Best Superhero films, actually, but that’s because they’ve just exploded in popularity. Which means the knock-off and cash-grabs are even more egregious. But don’t sleep on the ‘90s, where eight films made our list. That decade was a real superhero gong show, with nothing but failure (until X-Men in 2000 got the ball rolling).
WORST LETTER: G
Really, it just seems like a cursed letter. Green Lantern. The Green Hornet. Both Ghost Rider movies. The Russian abomination called Guardians is the worst of them all, but it’s a very high (low?) bar. Guardians of the Galaxy was only one to clear it - and an unlikely success, to boot.
CHEATED OUT: Catwoman
It’s maybe the first movie people think of when they think bad superhero movies, but know what we think of? Haller Barry in the cat suit. And that alone is more redeeming than anything you will find in the 1990 version of Captain America. Elektra also gets a lot of deserved derision, but it was only competing against the abominable Elf-Man for the “best” list, so them's the breaks.
BEST BATTLE: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace vs Steel
Shaq’s loathsome attempt at being a superhero off the court would fit very nicely on this list, if it wasn’t for the complete embarrassment known as Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. That Superman was truly too powerful to beat out of a Worst list.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION: Van Helsing
Is he really a superhero? Who knows. He super sucked in this movie. Venom was totally the right kind of bad, and the Internet would have exploded if we put in V for Vendetta. So, we got creative.
Think your list would be better (aka worse)? Let us know.
Dear Cast & Crew