Given the gigantic success that superhero movies have achieved at the box office over the last two decades, it often seems like new comic book movies are released each week. However, the truth of the matter is that over the years some exciting superhero movies were announced to be in the works only for them to never come to fruition.
Thankfully for superhero fans, many movies based on famous comic book characters have turned out to be excellent. On the other hand, some of the time things have gone so awry that movies that are about great comic book heroes have turned out to be really bad. With all of that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 8 garbage superhero movies that should’ve been cancelled and 7 cancelled ones that could’ve been great.
15 We Hate: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
At one point in the past, Nicolas Cage was a discerning actor. However, by 2011 he seemed to be willing to take on any role for the paycheck. As a result, Cage agreeing to star in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance makes sense. However, after 2007’s Ghost Rider was a bad movie, everyone else involved should have known better.
Heck, if nothing else, when they shot the scene where Ghost Rider urinates fire production should have shut down.
14 We Didn't Want Cancelled: Gambit
Clearly one of the most popular X-Men characters, Gambit had more than enough fans and is an interesting enough character that he easily could have been the focus of an awesome film. On top of that, Channing Tatum agreed to star in the movie and he has proven to be an incredibly talented actor who can do it all many times in the past.
13 We Hate: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
As most movie fans already know, the release of 1978’s Superman was a watershed moment for comic book movies. On the other end of the spectrum, Superman III was panned by most and it didn’t even do that well at the box office. With that in mind, the only way another movie should have gone into production is if it had an amazing script and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace definitely didn’t.
12 We Didn't Want Cancelled: Ben Affleck’s The Batman
As a storyteller, Ben Affleck has proven himself to be truly talented with great movies like Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo. On top of that, there are lots of people who thought he was a great Batman even if they didn’t love the movies he played the character in. When you combine those elements with Affleck’s plans to make The Batman focus on Arkham Asylum, it is a shame that film was cancelled.
11 We Hate: Batman & Robin
In the defense of the people involved in Batman & Robin, the previous movie in the series, Batman Forever, did very well at the box office and had a lot of fans. That said, the idea that nobody on set rang an alarm bell about Batman & Robin’s fate when the caped crusader pulled out a credit card or Mr. Freeze delivered his twentieth pun is quite surprising.
10 We Didn't Want Cancelled: James Cameron’s Spider-Man
Long before Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man hit theaters, Hollywood heavyweight James Cameron worked on a treatment for a movie about the beloved character. Intended to star Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Octopus, that seems like a highly questionable potential casting choice. However, James Cameron has made a litany of amazing movies and Leonardo DiCaprio was said to be in talks to star as the wall-crawler, so we have faith.
9 We Hate: X-Men: The Last Stand
Considering how fantastic 2003’s X2: X-Men United was, at first it was pretty shocking that 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand was such a bad movie overall. However, once you learn that the movie’s original director left the project part-way through its pre-production, it seems clear shooting the movie should have been pushed back at least.
8 We Didn't Want Cancelled: X-Men Origins: Magneto
Earlier in this list, we looked at the fact that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad movie which is why some people were relieved to learn the planned movie X-Men Origins: Magneto had been cancelled. However, that makes no sense to us. After all, Magneto is a fascinating character who could have starred in a classic film and when they told his backstory in X-Men: First Class, it was highly compelling.
7 We Hate: Spider-Man 3
Even though Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is beloved to this day, Spider-Man 3 is a laughing stock. As it turns out, there is a pretty obvious reason that is the case, Sam Raimi was forced to change his vision for the movie. Given Raimi’s track record, that makes no sense and if they were going to force his hand, they should have hired someone new who wanted to tell that story.
6 We Didn't Want Cancelled: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4
As we just touched on, Spider-Man 3 was a really bad movie but it really wasn’t director Sam Raimi who deserved the blame for that. For that reason alone, it would have been great if he’d been given the chance to redeem himself with a fourth film. After all, he is an obscenely talented person who has brought many fantastic movies to fruition.
5 We Hate: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Widely considered to be one of the worst superhero movies of all-time, so many aspects of X-Men Origins: Wolverine were ill-advised including many elements of the film’s story. With that in mind, it boggles our mind that people like Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, who clearly are passionate about Wolverine and Deadpool, agreed to play their parts in the film.
4 We Didn't Want Cancelled: Terry Gilliam’s Watchmen
At one point set to direct a version of Watchmen, visionary director Terry Gilliam’s take on the story would have been very different. After all, he wanted to have Ozymandias convince Doctor Manhattan to go back in time to erase himself from history. While Gilliam’s unorthodox take on Watchmen could have been bad, if anyone could have made it great it would’ve been him.
3 We Hate: Catwoman
For those of you who don’t realize it, the original plan for Catwoman was to have Michelle Pfeiffer and Tim Burton involved. Once those two departed the project, that should have been the end of those plans as together they brought the best film version of Catwoman to life.
Instead, years later the highly talented Halle Berry somehow was convinced to star in one of the worst movies of all-time.
2 We Didn't Want Cancelled: Darren Aronofsky’s Batman Movie
Back when Christopher Nolan completed his Dark Knight trilogy of films, it made perfect sense for Warner Brothers to hand the reigns over to someone like Darren Aronofsky. After all, Aronofsky’s film background was very similar to Nolan’s pre-Batman filmography.
Sadly, we never got to see Aronofsky’s vision for the caped crusader which would have been based on a Frank Miller script and was likely to star Joaquin Phoenix.
1 We Hate: Elektra
Even though Catwoman is a worse movie than Elektra, this movie is taking the top spot on our list for one main reason, they really should have known to go another way with the film. After all, it is very similar in tone to the movie Daredevil which makes no sense at all given that movie was far from beloved when it was released.