As anyone that pays even passing attention to the movie world no doubt realizes, superhero movies have taken over the box office over the last couple of decades. However, some fans of the genre may forget that it was the success of 1978’s Superman: The Movie that proved comic book movies could succeed and 1989’s Batman that cemented that fact.
Ever since the first movie based on DC characters reigned supreme at the box office, loads of talented actors have starred in the company’s other movies. While most of them likely are proud of that fact, that doesn’t mean they are happy with every movie they’ve been a part of. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 15 embarrassing roles that DC actors want you to forget.
15 Anne Hathaway – The Hustle
Sometimes when an actor is part of a movie that fails with critics an audiences alike, it isn’t that big a deal for them if they played a lesser role in the film. Unfortunately for Anne Hathaway, when it comes to The Hustle, a film that feels so stale that it has 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was sold to audiences largely on her involvement.
14 Michael Keaton – First Daughter
Unfortunately for film fans with taste, for several years Michael Keaton not only ceased to be much of a mainstream star but his career outright hit the skids. A perfect example of that, in the year 2004 Keaton played the main character’s father in First Daughter, a mediocre at best romantic comedy that only scored 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.
13 Malin Åkerman - Couples Retreat
One of the most baffling “comedies” from recent years, Couples Retreat only has 10% on Rotten Tomatoes despite sporting an incredibly talented cast. As for why that is the case, the movie is chocked full of couples that viewers are supposed to hope can reconcile but all of them are so unlikable that you can only wish the film will end.
12 Peter Sarsgaard – Green Lantern
Unlike many of the other actors on this list, Peter Sarsgaard isn’t best known as a “movie star”. Instead, he tends to appear in much smaller films that rake in critical acclaim. For that reason, it must be especially embarrassing that he agreed to star in Green Lantern and even wore monstrous makeup in the film since it was lambasted at every turn.
11 Ryan Reynolds – R.I.P.D.
Most of the time when you watch a big-budget movie, it seems like the actors on the big screen are at least trying to make the most of the role they’ve taken on. However, when it comes to the movie R.I.P.D., both of the movie’s lead actors clearly seem sad to be a part of the film and we can’t blame them given how heartless it is.
10 Christian Bale - Terminator Salvation
First off, Christian Bale no doubt wants to forget Terminator Salvation because it was an incredibly drab movie that disappointed audiences. If that weren’t reason enough for Bale to want to put this movie in the rear-view mirror, there also is the fact that a recording of the actor ranting on the set was leaked to the public.
9 Amy Adams – Cruel Intentions 2
As should be obvious to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Amy Adams’ career, she is among the best actors of her generation. A six-time Oscar nominee who has won too many awards to list here, she tends to land some of the best roles around. On the other hand, early in her career, Adams took a role in Cruel Intentions 2, a really bad sequel that only earned 17% on Rotten Tomatoes.
8 Christopher Reeve - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Back when Superman: The Movie first hit movie screens, it is safe to say that virtually everyone loved Christopher Reeve's performance as the titular superhero. Sadly, he went on to play Supes again in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and that movie was so bad that Orlando Sentinel reviewer Jay Boyar called it “cinematic kryptonite”.
7 Aaron Eckhart - I, Frankenstein
Given that the story of Frankenstein and his monster is one of the most enduring in pop culture, it should be easy to adapt into a quality film. In the future, anyone that tries to do so should watch I, Frankenstein in order to see what not to do. Only rated 5% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is just so dull that it is painful.
6 Uma Thurman – The Avengers
In case you were wondering, this film has nothing to do with Marvel. Instead, 1998’s The Avengers is a film adaptation of a classic British series but you’d never know it since they have so little in common. Impossible to take seriously, this movie features some of the worst dialogue in film history. On top of that, in one scene Sean Connery announces plans to take over the world while dressed in a teddy bear costume.
5 Michael Caine - Jaws: The Revenge
Far and away one of the most ridiculous movies ever made, Jaws: The Revenge focuses on the mother of the family at the heart of Jaws. Except in this film, she enlists the help of Michael Caine’s character to kill a shark that follows her to the Bahamas in order to get revenge for all the great whites her family has taken out. Given that ludicrous plot, it shouldn’t be surprising that this movie is rated 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4 Halle Berry – Catwoman
While a lot of people consider Batman & Robin to be the worst DC movie ever made, if you ask us it is this Halle Berry vehicle that deserves that title. After all, Batman & Robin at least can elicit laughs despite itself while Catwoman is such a painful watch that it simply has no redeeming qualities. Of course, that also is to say nothing about that basketball scene and how off-putting its editing is.
3 Will Smith – After Earth
As one of the most popular actors of all-time, Will Smith has made a living playing one likable character after another. Yet, for some reason, in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth he took on the role of a monotone father who never showed emotion. While this movie’s failure in every way is bad enough for Will, it is made all the more embarrassing by the fact that he also got his son Jaden the starring role in the film.
2 Ben Affleck – Gigli
Definitely, a movie that deserves to be on lists of the worst films ever made, it really is hard to overestimate just how bad Gigli is. Starring Affleck and his real-life girlfriend at that time, Jennifer Lopez, their onscreen chemistry is awful somehow and don’t get us started on the “turkey time” moment. Worse yet for Affleck, his character is just a racial stereotype.
1 Gary Oldman – Tiptoes
Never afraid to take chances when it comes to the roles he plays, it often has been rightfully said that a lot of the time you can’t even tell Gary Oldman is the one playing a character. Unfortunately, one of Oldman’s riskier roles was ill-advised as he played the main character in Tiptoes, a little person who he seemingly brings to life by standing on his knees.
Sources: IMDb.com, youtube.com, theguardian.com, rottentomatoes.com