When it comes to superhero movies, it doesn't take much to please nerds like myself. I mean, all we want is a movie with decent casting, a script that's faithful to the source material, and a story worth watching that can be built upon for more movies to come. That's not too much to ask for, is it? Well according to the multi-million dollar disappointments on this list, it apparently is. Without further ado, here are 5 superhero sequels that didn't consider our feelings (in no particular order).
5. Batman & Robin (1997)
I'm going to start off with the poster child for horrible sequels. Even as a kid, I still had mixed feelings about this film thinking "So... this is supposed to be Batman?" Not only did this movie have a choppy plot, but the casting was below average, and the suits were subpar. But honestly, the only problem I had with Batman & Robin's suits were the nipples. Oh and I forgot to mention the unnecessary close ups of our heroes' butts and groins as they suited up! I mean... what the crap?! George Clooney, as well as director Joel Shumacher, have even gone on record to apologize for the film. Now that alone speaks volumes as to how disappointing this movie really was.
4. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
You know your last movie was bad when you have to go back in time to revive the franchise. Now the first two X-Men movies were good, but this conclusion wasn't so epic. Its action only made it slightly entertaining while the plot was not only rushed, but was without substance. There weren't a lot of things about this film that were solid, other than the fact that it was a big letdown. And don't even get me started on The Phoenix that we saw in the end of the movie. She wasn't nearly as powerful as she should have been. Below is a link from Screen Crush that shows us what she could have looked like with Bryan Singer behind the wheel. Seriously guys, check this out! This is The Phoenix that we deserved. How 'X-Men 3' Could've Looked With Bryan Singer
3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Everyone including myself was excited to finally see Peter overcome by the symbiote on screen. Little did we know we were going to be overcome by disappointment. I didn't hate the film, but I sure didn't like it. Parts of the story seemed to be forced, like Sandman being the guy who killed Peter's uncle, and Harry as the Goblin coming to help Spidey save the day. The villains weren't very well defined, and Peter's dark side was just comical. Too bad Sam Raimi wasn't able to redeem himself after this utterly disappointing conclusion to such an amazing franchise.
2. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
2007 wasn't the best year for superhero movies. That year, studios squeezed out and pinched off films like Spider-Man 3, Underdog, and FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer. I'll start by saying that I actually enjoyed the first FF. The characters were well established, the team had great chemistry, and the story was bearable. Now the sequel on the other hand.. it wasn't great.
Some of the action scenes were entertaining and I really liked the look of the Silver Surfer, but the movie was extremely dull and completely forgettable. Unlike in the first film, the team had little to no chemistry. With slightly average writing and cheesy dialogue, this sequel left me disappointed.
1. Batman Forever (1995)
Three years after Batman Returns, the Dark Knight makes an odd comeback in this acid trip of a film that entirely separated itself from Tim Burton's dark and gritty Batverse. Gotham City was no longer draped in shadows, but in neon lights. As a kid, I really enjoyed this movie because it was funny and entertaining for a child who didn't know that he was being lied to. I then got older and was able to realize the sins that this movie had committed. Val Kilmer was an extremely dull Bruce Wayne, the plot didn't make any sense, the villains had terrible costumes, and we saw f****** bat nipples for the first time. Nuff said.