Digital Spy scraped out the bottom of the barrel to come up with our top ten superhero stinkers. Read on to find out which movies made the cut.
10. Judge Dredd (1995)
Sly Stallone failed miserably in his attempt to capture the essence of the iconic 2000AD lawman in Danny Cannon's cliché offering. Flying in the face of its source material by depicting Dredd without his omnipresent helmet was its first offence, and casting Rob Schneider as unnecessary comic relief was the nail in its coffin. While there are action movie enthusiasts who defend this one, 2000AD fans almost exclusively beg to differ.
9. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
DC Comics killed off Superman in 1992, but he died on screen long before that. Christopher Reeve's final outing as the Man of Steel was a super disappointment. This one was hampered by budget constraints from the get go and half-baked performances from the main cast (with the exception of Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor) didn't help its cause. If you want preachy anti-nuclear overtones you'll be more entertained by a CND propaganda video.
8. Spawn (1997)
Todd McFarlane might well be a visionary genius, but his decision to sanction this abomination was certainly questionable. Although Spawn will always be of historic significance as the first movie to cast an African-American as a major superhero (Michael Jai White), it deviated from the source material at every turn and subjected audiences to one of the most irritating on-screen characters of all time in John Leguizamo's Clown.
7. Jonah Hex (2010)
Despite Josh Brolin's best efforts to capture edginess of DC's Western anti-hero, Jonah Hex turned out to be as malformed as the protagonist's face. Jimmy Haywood's dismal offering picked up 'Worst Picture' at the Houston Film Critic Society's 2010 awards, as well as two nominations at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards.
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6. Elektra (2005)
Jennifer Garner's Elektra was given a solo film following her Daredevil debut simply because there was a market for it among horny teenage boys. Rob Bowman's Marvel Comics adaptation offered nothing beyond cheap titillation, falling flat in terms of plot, dialogue and characterisation.
5. The Punisher (1989)
Why is it so difficult to make a decent Punisher movie? The Marvel anti-hero has endured a troubled history on screen, and his problems began back in 1989 with this Dolph Lundgren-starring mess. Not only did the film alter the character's origin, it even omitted his iconic skull shirt. What were they thinking?
4. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Sean Connery's Allan Quatermain leads a cast comprising some of the greatest literary characters ever created in this Alan Moore-inspired venture. It might sound great on paper, but this was an in-name only adaptation with a garbled mess of a plot and unlikeable characters. It's a shame that the final film Connery made turned out to be an ugly black mark on his résumé.
3. Howard the Duck (1986)
Howard the Duck is one of the most ridiculous comic book characters ever conceived, so why Hollywood thought the concept would translate successfully to the big screen is anyone's guess. None other than George Lucas produced this awkward mess of duck puns and unabashed sleaze. Suddenly his Star Wars prequels don't seem so bad.
2. Batman & Robin (1997)
Joel Schumacher has a lot to answer for over what he did to the Caped Crusader. Batman Forever was cringeworthy enough, but it was nothing compared to this ludicrous pantomime. Chris O'Donnell spends the entire film whining, Arnold Schwarzenegger is incapable of delivering a line of dialogue without a tiresome ice-related pun, and George Clooney's career hit its lowest point the moment he brandished that Bat Credit Card.
1. Catwoman (2004)
Commonly referred to as one of the worst films of all time, Catwoman swept the 2005 Razzies, earning 'Worst Actress' and 'Worst Director' for Halle Berry and Pitof respectively. Even the unintentional laughs couldn't save this unmitigated disaster from being buried beneath a mound of kitty litter. We're just thankful Berry's Catwoman wasn't given her eight other lives.
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