Since the resurgence of the superhero genre back in the 2000s, superhero movies have become a dime a dozen. While a few are modern-day masterpieces, a few are straight from hell. Here are the 15 worst superhero movies of all time.
15. Thor: The Dark World
Directed by the talented Alan Taylor, Thor: The Dark World lacked the superhero charm in its search for a more grounded and realistic setting. From a generic villain to a ridiculously predictable plot, Thor 2 actually set back the characters of Thor and Jane for a few years.
14. Green Lantern
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Mark Strong, Green Lantern suffered from a mediocre plot that was beyond any salvage even by great performances by the lead actors. A boring CGI-fest, Green Lantern is rightfully the butt of all jokes to the point where Deadpool goes back in time in Deadpool 2 to kill Ryan Reynolds before signing up for the movie.
13. Suicide Squad
Set to expand the DCEU, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is a horrible mess of rushed production, creative differences, and a wafer-thin plot. From Cara Delevinge’s deadpan expressions to forced humor, Suicide Squad is truly a wasted opportunity. Hopefully, we will get the Ayer Cut in the near future to purge this abomination from existence.
12. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Sophie Turner dazzled for her performance as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, but truth be told, she was a horrible choice for the role of Jean Grey. A disappointingly sub-par superhero movie, Dark Phoenix had so many uninterested actors that the movie felt like a forced conclusion to the X-Men saga.
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Despite having the beloved Ninja Turtles and the talented Megan Fox, TMNT can be undoubtedly dubbed as the dullest superhero movie in recent times. A travesty of the original source material, TMNT was another wasted opportunity.
10. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
It’s never an easy task to adapt Alan Moore’s work for the big screen. But then, that is no excuse for producing a movie as bad as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Despite having an exciting premise, the movie failed in execution as the plot inexplicably spiraled into a hot mess of absolute lunacy. Sadly, the movie was also the last ever appearance of Sean Connery before his retirement in 2006.
9. Batman & Robin
Directed by Joel Schumacher, Batman & Robin deserves its place among the worst superhero movies of all time for all the reasons. From George Clooney’s infamous Bat-Nipples to Arnold’s ridiculous Mr. Freeze, the sequel to the movie was thankfully canceled.
8. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
Riddled with plot holes and generally uninterested actors, Superman IV is a forgettable experience despite having Christopher Reeves in the lead.
After the release of Daredevil (2003), Elektra was released starring Jennifer Garner. Despite Garner’s commendable acting chops and a few memorable fighting sequences, the movie had a bland plot that makes it a tiring experience.
Filled with gratuitous violence, Spawn is a perfect example of all style and no substance. An over-bearing revenge fantasy at best, Spawn suffers from a forgettable plot and tedious character development.
Josh Trank’s take on the Fantastic Four should serve as a cautionary tale for other filmmakers before approaching the superhero genre. Devoid of any humor, depth, motivations, and overall sense, Fant4stic is an assault on long-time fans of the Fantastic Four.
Halle Berry’s Catwoman is a textbook example of what can go wrong when you stray away from the source material for some quick cash. From completely disregarding Catwoman’s comic-book origin to having absolutely no connection to Batman, Catwoman is beyond any redemption.
3. The New Mutants
The New Mutants is a perfect tale of don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a movie by its trailer. What was hailed to be the mutants’ foray into the horror genre turned out to be a cringe-fest of predictable plot and unbearable movie experience.
2. Thunder Force
A shallow and half-hearted attempt at the superhero genre, Thunder Force is a superhero comedy film that is devoid of any humor. A colossal waste of Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer’s acting chops, this movie should serve as a severe symptom of superhero fatigue.
1. Max Steel
This movie has a distinction of 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Go figure.