Justice League, the recent addition to the DCEU roster was underwhelming in the box-office collections. But apart from that, the superhero mash-up also failed to score a decent score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. With a dismal score of just 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, Justice League failed to impress a lot of critics. Despite being studded with a stellar star cast, Justice League managed to open with $95m, which was quite less than the expected opening collection.
But as usual with the DCEU movies, Justice League had its fair share of a polarizing fan base. With a considerable number of fans not shying away from showing their contempt for the movie, another dedicated faction of fans has wholeheartedly defended the movie. The contrast between Snyder and Whedon’s directorial skills is apparently cited as the follow-up to the polarizing reaction Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received. With some fans praising Whedon’s light humor and others criticizing for ‘too many jokes’, Justice League suffered in its quest to shatter box office records.
But nothing comes close to Rotten Tomatoes rating, which completely butchered any hope for the movie to even gain huge profits, let alone achieve the elusive billion dollars. But despite a rotten score of just 40%, the audience score for Justice League is 82%, which is a bit encouraging. Justice League is a flawed yet enjoyable movie, especially when compared to some truly awful movies that fared far better with the site…
Thor: The Dark World
One of the weakest movies of the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Dark World failed in some major parts which define a superhero movie. Shoddy writing, a forgettable villain, uninteresting characters and forced humor entirely butchered the movie.
Though there were some amazing action sequences, nonetheless, Thor: The Dark World failed to impress the audience. But surprisingly, it scored a decent rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Iron Man 2
If there’s one movie which gets unanimous contempt from all the fans, this is it. Iron Man 2 is a fundamentally wrong movie which was a huge letdown after the highly successful Iron Man. The flaws were so glaring that even the charismatic Robert Downey Jr. couldn’t salvage the movie.
The movie surely boasted of some brilliant scenes, but an underdeveloped villain and a choppy narration failed to live up to the hype of the first Iron Man movie. Iron Man 2 has 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is quite unbelievable.
The Amazing-Spide-Man 2
The collective effort of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Marc Webb went into vain as corporate greed took apart the movie piece by piece. In a desperate attempt to keep hold of the rights, Sony Pictures rebooted the Spiderman franchise, which was actually supposed to be a sequel to Sam Raimi’s successful Spiderman-Trilogy (barring Spiderman 3, obviously).
The film surely has some great CGI, action sequences and great chemistry between the lead actors, but the badly written plotline and horrible antagonists couldn’t save the movie. The most egregious mistake of this movie was wasting the talents of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, which can never be forgiven.
It would have been spectacular to look at the faces of the creative team and the producers who were present during the making of X-Men: Days of Future Past. What could have gone wrong with the ensemble of some of the best actors on the planet and a truly terrifying villain from the comic books? EVERYTHING!
Apocalypse is supposed to be in the same league as that of Thanos, and yet, the movie successfully managed to make him look like a doofus who gets beaten by Quicksilver. The script was so terrible, that even Oscar Isaac failed to save it with his charisma and elegance. Also, the movie ignored strong female characters like Storm and Psylocke, which was one of the major reasons behind the backlash it got. But nonetheless, X-Men: Apocalypse managed to score 47% in Rotten Tomatoes.
Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk was an ambitious movie which wanted to take a philosophical narrative. Well, a superhero movie with some philosophy and psychology sounds great, doesn’t it? Quite surprisingly, it backfired for Hulk. The reason being pretty straightforward, the movie didn’t really know what it really wanted. The entire movie was a mixture of different plotlines which were far from being coherent.
By 2003’s standard, Hulk’s CGI was pretty darn good. But a good CGI can’t save a movie if the characters in it cannot resonate with each other. And how can you forget those Gamma Dogs? Despite so many flaws, Hulk managed to score a decent score of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Revisiting the good ol’ ‘90s is a profitable business. Enter 2017; we had a re-vamped Power Rangers of the classic ‘90s. The movie was a hybrid of The Breakfast Club and a generic superhero movie. Doesn’t sound terrible, does it? Well, it didn’t work out that well for the movie.
Power Rangers got the casting and the acting performance right. The chemistry between the characters was pretty great. But, being a superhero movie, it failed to cater to the action and adventure part of the movie. A lacklustre performance in the action department left the audience dazed and utterly unsatisfied. Yet, Power Rangers scored a tad bit higher of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.
One of the most charismatic and witty characters from the DC/Vertigo comics got the green light back in 2005 to get a shot at the silver screen. In the history of miscasting, Constantine pretty much ranks at the top. Keanu Reeves is a versatile actor with a wide range of abilities, but, was he fit for Constantine? Absolutely not! It’s not the lack of his blonde hair or the lack of a sexy British accent; it boils down to the comfort zone of Reeves to play the cynical, wise-cracking chain-smoking magician.
The biggest problem with the movie is not even the blunder of casting Reeves as Constantine. It’s the dull approach which turned some greatest one-liners from the comics to a soulless adaptation which left the audience yearning for the interval. Well, Constantine still sits at 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.
After the unprecedented success of Spiderman and X-Men in the early 2000s, Fox thought it could make some more profit by bringing in The Man Without Fear to the silver screen. Naturally, fans of Daredevil were excited to see their favourite superhero on the silver screen. Well, the excitement fizzled out faster than a soda bottle.
Daredevil gives a tough competition to Constantine if miscasting is considered. Casting Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell were the first of many mistakes. Corporate greed along with studio interference managed to paint a horrible image of arguably one of the best comic book heroes for years. The film still managed to score 44% despite having a visible contrast between the director’s gritty vision and the studio’s desperate attempts to create another friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.
Iron Man 3
If there’s one movie which can compete with Iron Man 2 for the title of incompetency, then it’s this one. The successor to a really terrible movie, it didn’t have much to do to be more likable than its predecessor. Well, that didn’t happen. The movie manages to put in so many plot twists that at the end of the movie, you feel like you watched Inception, but in reality, it was a B-grade movie with some cheap vodka.
From utterly destroying Mandarin to not getting any worth of money out of someone like Ben Kingsley, this movie got everything wrong. And yet, Iron Man 3 successfully sits at a staggering score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ah, how could you forget the crown jewel of horrible movies without including Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3? This movie had Sandman, Venom and New Goblin. That sounds amazing! Let’s start by butchering Venom, one of the greatest villains from Spiderman’s rogue gallery.
Living up to Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 2 was definitely a mammoth task. But, the moment corporate greed sets in to capitalize on the success of the previous movies; it can be assured that the movie is as good as dead. From questionable casting choices to snappy plotlines, Spiderman 3 got everything wrong which can possibly happen in a superhero movie. By this time you won’t be surprised anymore, Spiderman 3 has a rating 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Kudos!