Movie Adaptions of Comic Book:
Comic book movies weren’t blockbuster hits since the beginning. It required to hit and trial methods and plenty of flops for MCU, Fox Centuries, and DCEU to learn from. Before the comic books industry claimed the throne of Hollywood and became a trend in the world, many studios tried and failed miserably in the process. Bringing the superheroes from the pages wasn’t easy despite having talented actors on board. Chris Evans’ Captain America and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool had to endure laughs from fans before becoming a phenomenon. This list mentions the movie adaptions that ruined the comic book characters.
1. Green Lantern- Green Lantern
If there is one film Ryan Reynolds wants to erase from everyone’s memory, including himself, it is Green Lantern. The film is known for infusing too much special effect more than necessary. Even though MCU also uses CGI for the heroes’ suits, Green Lantern failed to achieve the same proficiency. One was forced to use sunglasses to look at Ryan’s digital costume.
2. X-Men- Cyclops
X-Men didn’t give Cyclops the spotlight that he deserved. Despite being a powerful hero in the comic books, he was discounted to an angry-jealous boyfriend who mostly appeared to argue with Wolverine.
3. The Amazing Spider-Man- Peter Parker
Though we loved Andrew Garfield in this Spider-Man adaption, fans weren’t happy with the light he was thrown under. The whole origin of Spidey that he is admired for was changed in the second installment. Peter didn’t become Spider-Man by accident but he turned out to be a product of an experiment held by his father.
4. Catwoman- Catwoman
Halle Berry’s Catwoman marked the downfall of the Oscar winner’s career. It was such an epic failure that she won a Razzie Award for depicting the role. It wasn’t Halle’s fault though. Even the actress thanked the filmmakers for casting her in “a piece of s***, god-awful movie”.
5. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice- Lex Luthor
Batman V Superman received mixed reviews for its plot. But one thing that everyone hated was Lex Luthor’s portrayal. The genius mastermind known for giving hard time to Superman despite being a human being was discounted to an ordinary villain with lesser IQ. Unlike the intimidating billionaire who is always 3 steps ahead of his rival, Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor made terrible plans which were meant to fail.
6. The Ghost Rider- Ghost Rider
According to many viewers and the actor, Nicholas Cage, Ghost Rider could have worked had it been an R-rated film. The producers were adamant to keep it PG 13 which forced the directors and scriptwriters to make drastic changes to the origin. Hence, there was nothing left of the comic book character, except for his blazing skull.
7. Batman & Robin- Batman, Robin, Bane, and Mr. Freeze
Batman & Robin is probably the only standalone film of Dark Knight that has nothing dark in it. The movie was the biggest joke in the history of superhero movies despite having a decent cast of actors. The characters were written poorly with cheesy and hilarious dialogues. George Clooney is considered as one of the worst Batman, while Robin and Mr. Freeze were over-the-top. Meanwhile, Bane was a bland depiction of the classic comic book character.
8. Fantastic Four- All The Heroes And Doctor Doom
None of the Fantastic Four movies have met the same success as their Marvel buddies. We are expecting for the curse to be lifted by MCU at last. However, the 2015 release was even worse than its predecessors. Everything that can make or break a film, from plot to CGI was ruined by the productions. Stepping out of the origin and the character arc brought adverse results. Since Marvel didn’t have the movie rights to Fantastic Four for a long time, it decided to stop publishing the comic book stories. After all, why link oneself with the disasters?
9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine- Deadpool
Ryan had to suffer his way through X-Men to become a superhero sensation among Marvel fans as Deadpool. The Merc With The Mouth had nothing common with his comic book character. In fact, he didn’t even have a mouth in the movie. In exchange for his mouth, Fox gave him additional powers such as optic laser blasts and teleportation.
10. The Fantastic Four- Fantastic Four
As mentioned before, Marvel losing its movie rights to Fantastic Four had dented the superheroes badly. None of the movies so far have achieved a satisfactory mark. The first adaption was a low-budget embarrassment for the comic book house. Don’t even get us started on The Thing. The producers made it for the sake of retaining the rights and therefore investment no time and money on it.
11. X-Men: The Last Stand- Juggernaut
Nothing in The Last Stand was worth appreciating. Even the excitement to watch Juggernaut on the screen was murdered ruthlessly by the filmmakers. Vinnie Jones’ portrayal matched neither the appearance nor the personality of the character. To begin with, his face was visible and he threw the cheesiest dialogues.
12. Dark Phoenix- Phoenix
Dark Phoenix was the last homage to the X-Men character before Disney took over Fox Studios. However, it ended up being a major disaster that the audience regrets watching. The origin of Phoenix underwent several changes with no proper explanation. As a result, the audience was left confused and exhausted.
13. Captain America- Cap and the Red Skull
Captain America has now become an international brand, thanks to MCU and Chris Evans. But many might not be aware of the fact that there was a Captain America before Evans. Captain America tried to reflect the books with a different plot. Here, Red Skull led an Italian crime syndicate that plotted against the president for his proposed policies.
14. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer- Silver Surfer
Even though Laurence Fishburne did excellent work in rendering the powerful voice to Silver Surfer, fans couldn’t be pleased. That’s because the scriptwriters brought certain changes to Silver Surfer’s powers that were unacceptable to the Marvel fans. His source of power stemmed from his board in the movie which was pretty easy for Doctor Doom to steal.
15. Elektra- Elektra
The poor and embarrassing performance of Ben Affleck’s Deadpool movie didn’t send any message to the producers. Jennifer Garner knew better than starring Electra’s standalone but she was forced to do so due to legal binding. Even though the producers were adamant to make the movie, they weren’t enough dedicated to doing thorough research on the character. Little to no brains were put in the development and origin of the superhero, leading to a poor adaption.