Tales of heroes and movies were made for one another. No other genre out there is better suited to tell these types of stories than movies. Movie production studios are able to spend millions upon millions of dollars on such flicks, and the presentations that are put out there for hero movies has made the genre so popular among those in Hollywood. The reason why so many superhero movies are produced each and every year these days is simple enough: Those movies generate a ton of revenue because we, as movie goers, eat them up regardless of the heroes featured in those pieces.
As with anything, not all movies about iconic heroes can be gems. You are inevitably going to come upon a stinker from time to time. Not all of these films, as you will see, have to revolve around mythological superhero figures that you were once introduced to via comic books or when you were a young child. One of these heroes is maybe the most iconic figure in the genre of sports movies, while another is a man who actually lived and breathed during his time, a sports hero beyond most and a man who unfortunately had his story told in one forgettable film.
10. Rocky in Rocky V
No fictional movie character ever created is a bigger underdog sports hero than Rocky, who rises up the ranks across four different films en route to achieving greatness. Rocky V ruined all of that in less than half of a movie. Rocky loses his fortune and everything that he sacrificed his body and his mind for over the four previous movies, he has to go back to living in a ghetto of Philadelphia, he is betrayed by a boxer who he thought was his friend, and his only crowning achievement of the movie is punching out that former friend during a street fight. Thankfully, Rocky Balboa was created to make us all forget about this atrocity.
9. Green Lantern in Green Lantern
The 2011 movie that tells the story of Green Lantern commits the worst sin of any form of entertainment: It is downright boring, and that includes the main character. What is unfortunate about the film is that the story of Hal Jordan can, if told properly, make for an engrossing tale, something that those who made this movie failed to grasp. When you find yourself staring at your phone or at a clock wondering how much more time you are going to put into watching the movie instead of rooting on the hero such as Green Lantern in this instance, it is time to abandon the mission.
8. Daredevil in Daredevil
There is but one reason as of the posting of this piece that that Daredevil character was not forever ruined by the 2003 film, and that is because of the excellent Netflix series on the heroic figure that was released in 2015. Try as he might, Ben Affleck could not save a script that hardly developed the main character, and the overall movie did little to make those who were first introduced to Daredevil via the film to want to read up on the storyline. Go watch the Netflix series and pretend that this movie never happened if you want to truly appreciate Daredevil.
7. Spider-Man in Spider-Man III
Quitting while you are ahead is wise advice in many cases, and that was true for the third and final movie of this series. The first two movies told intriguing and, at times, even humorous stories of the Spider-Man character, while the third one makes Peter Parker into, for lack of a better word, a wimp. Parker becomes an emo version of himself well after that trend had, for the betterment of mankind, left much of society, and III signaled the nail in the coffin of a series that would have been better off ending after two movies before the inevitable reboots.
6. Steel in Steel
Fans of the genre were not necessarily crying out for a movie about John Henry Irons when this film was released in 1997. To understand why this movie is not atop the list, one must remember just how popular Shaquille O’Neal was in the mid-90s when he was signed to play the main character. Everybody, from movie producers to television studios to music producers, was looking to cash in on Shaq at the time. Shaq is no good playing Steel, no question about it, but anybody who goes into this film expecting to see anything different can only blame himself.
5. Babe Ruth in The Babe
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die” taught a fictional portrayal of Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. Try as he might, John Goodman could not help but die a death while playing “The Great Bambino” in the 1992 movie about the greatest baseball player who ever lived. Ruth was far from perfect both as a teammate and as a person, but The Babe made it nearly impossible to even cheer for Ruth’s positive accomplishments. It instead more so focuses on his laundry list of sins, almost as if The Babe was to make society fee guilty for admiring Ruth to this day.
4. Superman in Superman IV
Oh to have been a fly on the wall when discussions about the making of Superman IV occurred: “Look. The series really bottomed out with Superman III, but let’s see if we can make an even worse movie just because!” Even Christopher Reeve, who is credited as a co-writer for this movie, appears bored and disinterested to be playing Superman, and this along with the third film of the series were so bad that the 2006 reboot named Superman Returns ignores that they exist in the storyline of that movie. Those who think Returns is the worst Superman movie made have short memories or have never seen this interpretation of the character.
3. Catwoman in Catwoman
There are times when a movie and the portrayal of a character are so badly crushed by critics that one cannot assume the film is actually that bad. Catwoman, sadly, does not fall into that category, as all of the negative points that have been written and said about the movie are spot-on. Halle Berry received plenty of criticism for her part as the main character, but it would be inaccurate to state that she was the one reason Catwoman was such a disaster. This painfully over-the-top film was simply a major swing-and-a-miss that did zero favors to the story of Catwoman.
2. Supergirl in Supergirl
What is widely regarded as the iconic Superman film series had already been run well into the ground when this spinoff was created and released in 1984. This movie was thus already up against it, and poor acting coupled with lackluster effects made for a Supergirl who was anything but the first half of her name. Not until the Smallville television series was the Supergirl character successfully revived on the screen. TV producers will be giving a second go of it later on in 2015 when a show based on Supergirl will be released. That program cannot be worse than the 1984 movie: Hopefully.
1. Everyone in Batman & Robin
Just about everything with this overly-campy movie is terrible, and that includes the iconic heroes featured in the film. George Clooney is a lot of things, but “Batman” never was nor ever will be one of them. Robin is annoying to the point that you find yourself rooting against him by the time the second half of the movie rolls around. Even the introduction of Batgirl is underwhelming. This movie was more about cashing in on a roster of recognizable actors than it was about portraying the stories of heroes, and the result is one of the worst superhero movies ever created.