As one of the most exciting genres ever, superhero movies have a class of their own. However, history has shown that not all superhero movies are Hollywood gems. Contrary to many of the iconic and memorable movies ever to hit the silver screen, the following are simply the worst superhero movies of all time:
20. Green Lantern (2011)
Failing to live up to the expectations of comic book fans, the overall script for Green Lantern was so bad that not even Ryan Reynolds could save it from negative reviews.
Hardly earning more than its budget, Warner Bros. cancelled their plans for a sequel while Hal Jordan will be getting a reboot for another standalone film in 2020.
19. Fantastic 4 (1994)
If you thought director Tim Story’s Fantastic Four movies were bad enough, take a look at their very first film-adaption from 1994. On a second thought, do not bother.
Starring unknown cast and a very low budget, the movie was thankfully never released as 20th Century Fox bought the characters’ film rights for a big budget adaption.
18. Howard the Duck (1986)
A superhero in his own right, Howard the Duck is not much of a popular Marvel character. Which makes one wonder how on earth Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios decided on a film adaption.
It was clear that not much effort was put into the film to the point of Howard being generally seen as unconvincing; making the terrible movie arguably the worst comic book adaption ever.
17. Zokkomon (2011)
Believe it or not, Bollywood has released superhero movies on a number of occasions and most notable of them being Krrish starring A-list actor Hrithik Roshan.
However, Zokkomon was nowhere near the charisma of Krrish. Starring Darsheel Safary – best known for his role of Ishaan in Taare Zameen Par – this is one of his movies that he definitely wants everyone to forget.
16. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2004)
When director Bryan Singer introduced X-Men to the silver screen, a milestone was achieved. The magic did not last long as the franchise steadily began to release disappointing installments – notably X-men Origins: Wolverine.
The immense backlash received by the movie can be attributed to the overdose of mutants, familiar narrative, cliché-ridden script and above all, the mishandling of Deadpool.
15. Blade: Trinity (2004)
As the third and thankfully the last installment of the Blade film series, the movie has a special place among the worst superhero movies ever and is the worst writing work by legendary screenwriter David S. Goyer.
Due to a lack of the sharp narration from the first two installments and an abundance of shapeless fight scenes, the movie greatly suffered in terms of reception and Wesley Snipes’ career was never the same again.
14. Jonah Hex (2010)
An average superhero movie starring Josh Brolin, Jonah Hex features a cowboy bent on revenge after force to watch his wife son being killed. Though the movie eventually reached a happy ending, lack of motivation resulted in a critical failure.
Even the addition of the beautiful Megan Fox could not save the movie from its impending doom. Possibly the worst movie jointly produced by Legendary Pictures and DC Comics, Jonah Hex is just plain awful. And, after watching the film you surely would be able to answer, ‘Who is the worst superhero in Hollywood?’.
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
No disrespect to the allure of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they only appeal to a very young audience. Always have and always will and their 1990s film adaptations justify the stance.
By adding time travel and even more ninja action into the third installment of everyone’s favorite crime fighting turtles, the movie was quite frankly unbearable to watch.
12. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
Nicolas Cage is a magnet for bad movies and Ghost Rider is one of them. Seeing how shallow the first movie was, calling its sequel a movie is an insult to every superhero film there is.
Though the film performed well in the box office, Cage felt he was “done” with Ghost Rider films as he further stated:
“I’ve done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I’m done.”
11. Superman IV The Quest for Peace (1987)
Without a shadow of a doubt, Christopher Reeve as Superman is one of the most perfect comic book castings of all time and introducing the last son of Krypton to the silver screen was a memorable Hollywood moment.
However, the deplorable storytelling caused the gradual decline of the Man of Steel’s film series and the third movie should have put the franchise to an immediate halt. Oddly enough, Warner Bros. went forward for a fourth installment only to receive horrible reviews.