Fans love a good sequel. There's something about seeing the number 2 next to any title that forces us to see whatever drivel the studios want us to. Seriously, 15 of the top 20 highest grossing films of all time are sequels. Frozen, Avatar and the first Harry Potter are the only non-sequels to end a year as the box office leader since the new millennium started.
With all the success these movies see, fans and producers ignore how dangerous making a sequel can be. Nothing kills a franchise faster than a bad continuation. Between all the high grossing and epic sequels that today's fans have been treated to, there are even more that bomb, and more that don’t even get noticed. Forcing a movie to have a number 2 often leads to bad movies, but the promise of a spot on the ever-changing list of top grossing movies has studios mouths watering. Here is the list of 10 sequels that shouldn’t have been put on screen.
10 Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
Ghost Rider was made in a time when superhero movies weren't that great, also known as 2007. This was a year before Iron Man flew in and saved the genre. While it wasn’t a great movie, it was decent when measured up against movies like The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Because these horrible failures came out at the same time, opinions of Ghost Rider are slightly better than they should be. So why would they release a very bad, very unplanned sequel 5 years after everyone forgot and Marvel was back at the top?
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
This franchise really sank after the first Pirates. Captain Sparrow might be one of the most beloved characters ever invented, but that is no excuse for creating movies like this. On Stranger Tides feels like someone took a couple of established stories and threw in random characters, which is exactly what they did. They found a book to work as a plotline, but by the end it really only lent the movie its name.
8 Batman & Robin
Bat-nipples. Who thought Batman would ever be seen with nipples outlined on the bat suit? Forgetting the horrible costume choices, this is still one of the worst sequels ever. Everyone likes to knock George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell when this movie comes up, but it was the villains who ruined it.
7 Spider-Man 3
Remember how Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance made sure Columbia could make The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Well, Spider-Man 3 was so bad that Columbia was able to make Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance.
6 Grease 2
Grease is a cute little story about John Travolta hooking up in high school. It’s got fun music and loose morals, kinda like Britney Spears in the ‘90s. Grease 2 is more like Britney from the mid-2000s: insane and in need of a shower.
5 Son of the Mask
4 Anchorman 2
While no one was asking for a sequel to The Mask, everyone wanted a sequel to Anchorman. The film that catapulted Will Ferrell from star to superstar is often regarded as one of the funniest movies ever. Then the sequel was announced and everyone though “what could go wrong?”
3 Terminator Genisys
2 The Matrix Revolutions
Normally when you create a sequel to a movie it comes out two or three years after the first. Revolutions was released 6 months after its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded. Because of this odd release schedule, it’s very difficult to mention one without the other, and makes Revolutions an unforgivable disaster. Both movies were bad, but it was almost like Revolutions forgot to address that Reloaded even happened.
1 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Here it is. The epitome of a sequel that should have never been made. Everything in the movie was dumb. From the aluminum refrigerator to the greaser sidekick who happens to be an expert swordsman (played by Shia LeBeouf, which was a disaster in itself) this movie missed on so many marks. We get that it was a bad movie, nothing more needs to be said about that, but there are much worse. This movie was made not because of some inspiration that fell from the sky or because Harrison Ford missed the character too much, it was made 100% purely for money. It just sucks to know that there are a lot of people out there that will take something as great as this and let it be destroyed for a couple of bucks. No one associated with this movie needed the money, yet they still would rather the paper in their pocket than have the respect of their fans. Thanks for being a jerk, George Lucas.
Sources: Wikipedia.org, IMDB.com
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