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7 Worst Comic-book Movies of All Time ...

By Neecey

We all love a great comic-book movie but how let down are we when our heroes feature in movies that just don’t hit the mark? There have been some truly great and memorable comic-book movies but there have been some duds too. Here are what I think are some of the worst comic book movies:

1 Spawn (1997)

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Spawn was the biggest comic book character in the mid 90s. It inspired filmmakers to plan a big budget comic book adaptation. This inspiration gave birth to the movie Spawn, but the "big budget" part was missing. The combination of average acting and cheap special effects is the reason why Spawn fails to create any impression on its viewers. It is more of a moodily malevolent, anything-goes kind of revenge flick that lays its emphasis on digitally animated and special visual effects for its intended appeal. It is definitely among the worst comic-book movies of all time.

2 Daredevil (2003)

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It is true that if done properly, the movie could easily compete with The Dark Knight, but it was a failure in every way. Many viewers will still feel that the whole movie is impressively dark and gritty and maintains a comic-bookish touch, but the melodrama is annoying and Daredevil's relationship with Elektra is nothing but labored – especially considering the stars playing them later married each other in real life (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner). It fails miserably at maintaining a balance between cartoonish mayhem and moody grandiosity.

3 The Phantom (1996)

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Do you think there is something more intimidating than a slender man dressed in a purple costume with animal sidekicks? That's what the Phantom is – totally ridiculous! If you mix Tarzan with Indiana Jones and then add some 'Goonies' type of pirate tomfoolery, you will have The Phantom, which is nothing more than "cheesy boys own adventure". Billy Zane wasn't great as an action hero, and this was the only movie with Treat Williams being treated as a global threat. Overall, this decorative comic-book adaptation looks tamely second-hand.

4 Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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Spider-Man3 failed miserably to take advantage of a ravenous fan base after the well-received Spider-Man 2. The combination of too many pale plot strands, too many bad guys, too many conversations, and too many romantic misunderstandings makes it a boring comic-book adaptation. Nap time.

5 Barb Wire (1996)

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Dark Horse Comics has become a creative powerhouse today, but it experimented with a few alternative titles during the 90s. Barb Wire was one of the most popular titles, and it was even used for a movie featuring Baywatch bombshell Pamela Anderson. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't a great hit, and it confirmed that even the combo of big explosions, buxom babes, and black leather couldn't make a film work. It is one of the worst comic book adaptations because it doesn't have any narrative clout, is carelessly edited, and above all rambles on to a ludicrously stretched ending.

6 Batman and Robin (1997)

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It wouldn't be wrong to call it the holy grail of terrible comic book movies. Of course, George Clooney bears great physical resemblance to Batman (as presented in the comic book), but it's hard to say anything about his performance – there's no performance at all, making it a long, loud, and pointless spectacle. With neon lighting and strange graphics, this Joel Schumacher-directed flick looks more like a razzle-dazzle video game.

7 Catwoman (2004)

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In this relentless gaudy comic-book flick, it's hard to find the positives. Halley Berry proved with her performance that Marvel, DC, and any other comic-book oriented companies should refrain from signing her for such projects. Overall, the movie seems to be an excuse to present Halle Berry in ever-skimpier outfits. Even the action sequences look more like fashion shoots, all of which make this unexciting melee one of the worst comic-book movies of all time.

I’m sure some of you enjoyed these movies so I’m happy to hear why you disagree with my choices. Time to speak up!

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