Marvel has been crushing it with the success of its Cinematic Universe. With 16 blockbusters under its belt and six more slated to come out in the next two years Marvel is dominating the superhero movie world.
But that doesn't mean you can count DC out. They're enjoying their own success right now. Wonder Woman has been breaking box office records and with Justice League coming up in November, fans are getting excited and curious to see how the next installment of the DCEU is going to come together. DC might finally be poised to enjoy some of the success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been enjoying for the past nine years.
But for all of Wonder Woman's groundbreaking success and the promise of the Justice League there are DC films that seriously missed the mark and left audiences disappointed. No matter how great Wonder Woman may be, we just can't forget about these less-than-amazing films.
Read on for three DC films that disappointed us.
This film had so much promise. Catwoman is an iconic comic book character. Halle Berry is an Oscar-winning actress. What could go wrong putting the two things together? Apparently, a lot. 2004’s Catwoman was a complete disaster. The film was only very loosely based on the comic book character of the same name and the film was a box office flop, grossing only $82 million on a $100 million budget.
Despite Catwoman’s poor reception, Berry is still enthusiastic about DC Comics characters specifically Wonder Woman. Berry recently praised Gal Gadot’s turn as the Amazon in the hit film.
When Superman Returns came out in 2006 it had been 19 years since Christopher Reeve had graced the silver screen as the Big Blue Boy Scout and while no one could ever replace Reeve, Brandon Routh looked so much the part that we had high hopes. Those hopes got even higher when it was revealed that Superman Returns would ignore the poorly received Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and would instead serve as an homage sequel to 1980’s Superman II.
Unfortunately, Superman Returns, while visually lovely, was just boring. It did well enough at the box office, but plans for a sequel were eventually cancelled. Superman got a full reboot with 2013’s Man of Steel and Brandon Routh went on to pick up another character in the DC universe, playing Ray Palmer on The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Marvel’s Deadpool may be the character that Ryan Reynolds was born to play, but before he suited up as the taco-loving merc with a mouth, Reynolds tried his hand at DC’s Hal Jordan, aka Green Lantern.
To give credit where credit is due, Reynolds did his best to bring the character to life, but the acting and story was seriously overpowered by the heavy CGI used to transform Reynolds from test pilot to space cop with a power ring. Reynolds looked more like a cartoon caricature than a bona fide hero and the film did so badly that sequel plans were cancelled.
DC isn’t letting the failure of the film keep them away from the character, though. Warner Bros. officially announced a Green Lantern Corps movie potentially as early as 2020.