It’s always exciting when our favourite comic characters are given the opportunity to leap from the page to the big screen.
However, we don’t always get the heroes we dreamt of. Here are some of our choices for comic book movies that deserve another shot at the big time.
5. Mystery Men
Picturebox’s movie blog looked back to Mystery Men in a recently published article by Karen Krizanovich. She made it clear “not that Mystery Men is perfect, far from it. In fact, its director Kinka Usher never went back into feature filmmaking even though he continues to be an award-winning commercials director.” She goes on to say: “It’s not that Mystery Men isn’t funny: it’s full of laughs, emotions and is lead by a strong female character.”
However, given the age of the film, there’s a lot of potential to take it from the cheesy, cartoonish characteristics of a 90s film and make it something better. You know, like that of a modern day underdog hero film in the style of Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
4. Green Hornet
It’s hard to say exactly who was at fault for this underwhelming modern adaptation of the famed vigilante.
Some believe it was the casting of Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet. Usually he is the perfect choice for the goofy, irresponsible character who turns his life around for the better, but most of the reviews from Rotten Tomatoes state that he was “self-indulgent” or “badly miscast” as Britt Reid. But with only a rating of 43% from both critics and audiences, there were more problems with the film than just the casting.
In fact, the largest portion of the negative reviews place the blame on the writing. Comments from critics ranged from “a dud” to “uneven, disastrously,” and “one disappointment after another.” One critic said that it was “a childish film written from a grade school perspective with neither quality nor excitement.” That’s hardly the epitome of the character from the classic radio show. We’ve seen this happen before: A superhero is turned into something laughable, rather than something fierce (see Joel Schumacher’s Batman films) but there’s always hope for redeeming the franchise (thank you Christopher Nolan!). The silver lining for franchises such as the Green Hornet is that new directors can come in and bring the characters back to their former glory.
3. Daredevil & Elektra
Both of these films deserve a remake worthy of their characters. After Daredevil was released with less-than stellar reviews in 2003, it was surprising that the studio chose to go ahead with spinoff film Elektra in 2005. Neither was very popular among audiences or critics. At least it worked out for two people — Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck met while filming Daredevil and have been married since 2005.
It may have led him to the love of his life, but the poor film has made things harder for part of Affleck’s career. Although the movie might be over a decade behind him, it hasn’t stopped it from being brought up as one of the reasons that some worry about his effectiveness portraying the new Batman character.
2. Green Lantern
Although the film wasn’t terrible, it still wasn’t what Green Lantern fans were expecting. It’s rated at a meager 5.7 on IMDB, if you need proof of its poor reception. But again, at least filming brought together another Hollywood power couple. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively met while filming and were married a year later.
Buzz about a reboot or even a sequel for the 2011 film have been tossed around for the past few years but nothing has officially been reported as of yet. The characters are definitely strong and with proper writing and people in place, it could be great.
Here’s one that will likely cause some varying opinions. Audiences unanimously agreed that Catwoman (2004) was a disaster. Off-putting CGI, plot holes, and sub-par writing awarded it the number-three spot on iFanboy’s list of the Worst DC Movies Ever. Not surprisingly, it was beat out by Batman Forever.
Even though Anne Hathaway stated several times that she would want to do a Catwoman spinoff after wrapping The Dark Knight Rises, she has somewhat fallen out of the public’s graces in the last few years. She even inspired the social media terminology “Hathahate” from those who dislike her. It remains unknown whether she could pull off the character on her own along with how accepting the public would be to it. One thing is for certain, though: the Catwoman character deserves to redeem herself in another standalone film.
There are plenty of movies on the way that certain fans think will garner a remake in the future, but we won’t make any assumptions on those until after we see them. We’re looking at you, Batman vs Superman.