The WORST Ever Movie Based on Comic Book
Not even the combined star power of Ben Afflect, who portrayed the masked vigilante Daredevil, Jennifer Garner as Elektra, and Colin Farrell as Bullseye could rescue this box office snoozer.
It was directed by Mark Steven Johnson, the same writer and director as Ghost Rider, another movie that managed to find its way onto this list.
Though fairly true to the comic origin of the Daredevil, whose alter ego Matt Murdock was blinded as a child by a toxic waste spill that fortunately left him with heightened senses, the movie’s poorly-written script seemingly contributed to its lackluster reviews.
Many critics praised Michael Clarke Duncan for his role as the menacing Kingpin (although some fans complained that Kingpin was not African-American in the comic book).
Ghost Rider (2007)
The big budget debut of the Ghost Rider, starring Nicholas Cage as the motorcycle-riding, chain-wielding Johnny Blaze who makes a deal with the devil to try spare his father from death, fared well at the box office.
In addition, there were several scenes that required much explanation, but none was provided. For instance, in an early scene we see a 20-something Johnny Blaze, played by Matt Long.
Batman and Robin (1997)
Despite a stellar cast that included George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, and Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, the film simply couldn’t rise above Shumacher’s flawed vision.
Unintentionally hilarious (one scene features Berry rubbing catnip on her face), the movie’s campy and silly portrayal of Catwoman, as well as its embarrassing plotline — which ultimately centers on toxic facial cream (after all, that’s how Sharon Stone gets her marble-faced superpowers) — was widely viewed as a slap in the face to fans of the racy version of the DC Comics character.
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True to the origin of the tortured comic book character, the film featured Liam Neeson as Ra’s al Ghoul, and Cillian Murphy as the fear-inducing Scarecrow.
X-Men United (2003)
ADJUSTED BOX OFFICE REVENUE: $407,711,549
Featuring an all-star cast including Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, Halle Berry as Storm, Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine, and Ian McKellen as Magneto, X-Men United, the second movie in a trilogy about the popular Marvel mutants won rave reviews for its large cast of superheroes and amazing special effects.
The storyline, which essentially saw the X-Men attempting to stop covert government operative William Stryker from launching an all-out war on mutants, was widely panned as being weak and full of plot holes.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
This Spider-Man sequel featured the teen-age webcrawler taking on his arch-nemesis Doctor Octopus, played by the brilliant Alfred Molina.
Garnering critical praise for its CGI special effects, solid storyline, and overall improvement from its film predecessor, the Spider-Man 2 plot is largely taken from the Amazing Spider-Man #50 comic book.
Iron Man (2008)
The first of Marvel’s “Phase One” movie initiative, Iron Man starred Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy CEO who is wounded in a terrorist attack while touring Afghanistan and inspired to create the Iron Man suit to fight evil and injustice.
The film, which accurately depicted Superman’s Kryptonian origins and alter ego Clark Kent’s Smallville childhood, would make Reeves as household name and Superman a popular American icon.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) tied with;
: Batman (1989)
The final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises sees Batman taking on one of his most dangerous enemies —Bane in one of the best movies based on comic books.
The Dark Knight Rises, set eight years after the death of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, finds Batman missing, Bruce Wayne a recluse, and the rich and powerful in Gotham City held hostage by Bane.Batman, with the help of Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, ultimately defeats Bane, though the Dark Knight is presumed dead after a large bomb explosion.Comic fans rejoiced at the movie’s final moments, when Ofifcer Robin John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, resigns from the Gotham police force and inherits the Batcave, seemingly setting up a plotline to become Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Batman was conflicted! Batman had sex! With Kim Bassinger! He hit people without cartoon balloons appearing on the screen!The Batmobile was unbelievably groovy and modern-looking (even though the reboot would up the ante on the Batmobile yet again), and Jack Nicholson was awesome as The Joker.
The Avengers (2012)
The plotline culmination of several movies (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) that were building to this moment, Marvel’s The Avengers was a phenomenal box office success, becoming the highest grossing movie of all time.
Featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, the newly formed Avengers fought Loki and the Chitauri, from Marvel’s The Ultimates comic book, for control of the Tesserac, an immensely powerful energy source.
The Dark Knight
Featuring Heath Ledger as the ruthless and maniacal Joker, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, the movie’s plot was influenced by the 13-issue limited series Batman: The Long Halloween.The film, which would go on to become one of the highest-grossing movies based on a DC Comics character, won widespread critical praise and even garnered Ledger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.