Welcome to what we hope will be the first of a regular list article in which we list our most liked and disliked things about the world of genre television and film in the world of comics, science fiction and science fiction fantasy.
To start things off I got together with my friend Craig McKenzie to put together a list of our ten least liked comic book movies, which we have listed below with a few dishonorable mentions for films that just didn’t quite make the grade. We encourage you to join in and comment on our list with your worst or best picks. We also welcome it if you disagree with any of the films we have listed here.
10: Hulk: While the acting was pretty consistent and well done throughout the film. The actual story was boring and a predecessor to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ with a giant green man. The film was a noble effort from Ang Lee, but as a comic book film it just didn’t work.
9. Punisher Warzone: Ray Stevenson played a somewhat unconvincing vigilante in perhaps the most violent Punisher ever made. The film went to far in its attempt to go for shock value and in the end felt like a bad 80s throwback. To date only three movies have been made about ‘The Punisher’ and all have had their issues, but the closest actor and characterisation to the comics was the Thomas Jane version, which was made in 2005, but that film messed with the characters origin a little and based the action in Miami as apposed to New York. It will be interesting to see what Marvel choose to do with the character now that the film rights are back with them.
8. Cowboys And Aliens: This movie seemed to expect us to accept it as a serious western. And by introducing us to the aliens so late in the game. It completely lost us. There isn’t much more we can say really other than Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford deserve honourable mention for maintaining a straight face when confronted by the aliens.
7. Blade Trinity: Blade Trinity: This movie just did not work and felt tonally inconsistent when compared to the first two Blade Movies, which were much darker and edgier.
6. Batman Forever: While Batman And Robin is likely to be on many peoples lists. We think the worst film of the Batman franchise is ‘Batman Forever’ because tonally it was inconsistent in that it tried to be both campy and dark. Whereas at least ‘Batman and Robin’ remained campy throughout as its own parody or even a tip of the hat to the 1960s television show.
5. Amazing Spider-Man 2: This was an overlong poorly structured badly written movie, which didn’t earn its tragic ending. The three villains ranged from under developed to Batman and Robin levels of camp. Underdeveloped was Electro who pisses off for half the movie while Rhino gets the prize for being overly camp. This is one film that we often think of as something that’s escaped from a parallel universe
4: X-Men: The Last Stand: This movie threw out everything that worked about the first two movies and took away all the character depth from Magneto by turning him into a saturday morning cartoon. The film also managed to relegate one of the best ever comic book story arcs involving Phoenix to a mere subplot. The movie was also guilty of cheaply killing off characters with no apparent reason.
3: Superman 4: The Quest For Peace: Disregarding the terrible effects, which is hard to do because you could see the wires. This movie had one of the most condescending preachy scripts to come out of the 1980s.
2: Catwoman: Weird face cream Macguffin and european stripper outfit aside. This movie had some aweful FX and an inconsistent story. It also got a little silly with stuff like Halle Berry sleeping on a shelf. (We can’t believe they made a terrible cat woman movie before making a terrible wonder woman movie.) My cat still falls off the shelf laughing whenever this film is on. Though big thumbs up to the lovely Halle Berry for being game enough to accept a Razzie for this movie monstrosity.
1. The Spirit: This movie was a shameless attempt to stylistically copy Sin City and demonstrates why Frank Miller should never direct another movie. The film seemed all style and no substance, and an excuse for Samuel L. Jackson to chew up all the scenery. The films lead however had about charisma as tree bark.
The Dark Knight Rises: It had some moments, but not many. Not even Anne Hathaway could save this film, which didn’t really live up to the hype or level of excitement generated by its predecessor The Dark Knight.
Iron Man 3: Which had a well hidden twist with Mandarin, which ultimately brought the film down in the eyes of avid Iron Man comic readers.
Constantine: Wasn’t terrible, but it was to far removed from the Hellblazer comics.
Howard The Duck: didn’t make the list because we felt it to easy a target.
Thanks to Craig McKenzie from Kneelbeforeblog for helping me put this list together.