As Justice League is a major proof of how badly CGI could hurt a movie, you would be surprised to know that it actually happens more often with DC movies than any other special effects driven films. Some of the scenes and moments in the Snyder films were visual marvels, but we cannot say this for the entirety of the films. Here are 10 instances which turned DC films unbearable to watch:
There was a minority of people which was actually excited for what Steppenwolf could have done in Justice League, but he just looked outright ugly after WB and the creatives behind Justice League chose the version we saw in the theatres instead of the one Snyder actually intended for the film.
Steppenwolf was amongst the worst Comic Book villains on screen and the VFX done upon him just didn’t work in his favor. Adding that to the mediocre video-game dialogues that he got, we got a very forgettable villain on screen.
9. Green Lantern’s Suit
Even to this day, there are people who still ask the question that who was the person that thought it was okay to have a fully CGI Green Lantern suit. The CGI added upon the suits of the Green Lantern Corps was just wrong and so green that it really started to hurt people’s eyes at various moments.
No wonder Ryan Reynolds and the entire world still disses the glowing green suit that turned the only Green Lantern film into turmoil.
Enchantress conveniently added herself to the big list of forgettable onscreen DC Villains. In fact, if you think about it, the number of good DC villains in the movies could be counted on one hand! Cara Delavigne is a very capable actress and she was turned into a hoola-hooping witch towards the end of the film.
A lot of the credit for her not working out well on-screen goes to the CGI done upon her. Both looks of Enchantress portrayed in Suicide Squad were just outright bad, and if Green Lantern could not teach you this WB then Enchantress should have been enough to tell you that not everything needs a CGI to touch up!
7. Nuclear Man
Superman IV is considered to be the worst film of the entire Quadrology and a major credit for that goes to the villain. CGI was not the strong point of Hollywood back in the day, but you would know that there is something extremely wrong with the special effects when the fourth movie has them worse than the first one. But Nuclear Man takes the bullet for the entire movie here because the VFX upon his powers was just outright fake and unwatchable!
Having a big CGI villain to fight at the end has been a common factor of all DC films set in the shared Universe. Zod worked pretty well, but he will be counted amongst CGI villains as his powers needed to be portrayed through special effects.
But you have to say that DC kept feeding us big villains involving Bad CGI one after the other and a great example of this is Incubus from Suicide Squad. He was just there to give us an epic CGI battle at the end, but then again, that moment was also stolen by Diablo.
5. The Final Battle of Wonder Woman
Adding the CGI suit upon Ares was a bad idea, and above that, the final battle between Wonder Woman and Ares took place in a dark background which was again turned to a lot of oranges, so people couldn’t really understand what the heck was going on!
The No Man’s Land sequence was shot amazingly well with the special effects totally working for the scene, but Wonder Woman vs. Ares was another one of the forgettable final acts of DC films.
This is a villain that would have needed a lot of CGI to be done correctly, but we have to admit that the concept artist who came up with the look of Doomsday should have been fired after looking at the first design itself. Doomsday just looked horrifyingly wrong.
He seemed like a bad design of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mixed with Abomination & the bad CGI monsters from the Lord of the Rings. Doomsday could have been so much better looking if Snyder would have chosen the comic accurate and totally fierce look. He was supposed to evolve and look better, but the film didn’t have time for that and what we got was pure garbage!
3. The Orange Color Pallet of the final Battle in Justice League
You could say that this may be a little harsh upon DC, but the bugs weren’t exactly a treat to watch. The creepy looking Parademons and Steppenwolf were enough for bad CGI, but WB went way ahead and turned the entire finale of Justice League to orange.
If you thought that the final battle of Wonder Woman was forgettable, then you would actually hate what the Justice League did with theirs! There was just lots and lots of Orange which just could not have worked in any way. Also, the shortened time of the final battle totally worked against the film.
2. All the Space Scenes in Superman IV
As mentioned above, Superman IV was complete trash. While the major credit for bad special effects does go to Nuclear Man, one could say that there were equally bad CGI moments in the whole movie which did not involve the villain.
Superman flying in space looked so fake that you would always wonder how do the previous films that came out way before the fourth one actually managed to make everything look so much better. Plus the battle that took place on Moon was again a disaster.
1. Superman’s Face in Justice League
This just has to be the king of everything! Joss Whedon did significant reshoots with Justice League and WB thought that they could just remove the obligatory mustache of Henry Cavill through CGI. The special effects done upon Henry Cavill’s face looked so bad that you would want to bang your heads against the wall after watching Justice League.
How could WB do that! Poor Henry Cavill worked for his role for months and all we could see in the theatres was his weird fake baby mouth which was more horrifying than Steppenwolf. Ever felt your eyes hurt just after watching something for 5-10 minutes?
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