Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I would argue the 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did the gritty reboot before anyone even knew what "gritty reboot" meant. It turned a popular kids cartoon into a great live action picture that holds up to this day. So why doesn't it come up in best superhero movie conversations? Maybe it was just too ahead of it's time!
You can hate on Shia Labeouf or Michael Bay all you want, but the first Transformers was a great action movie and while it wasn't well received critically it has an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes! I saw it four times in theaters back in 2007 (and it wasn't just because I was in love with Megan Fox!) It is a fun movie with great action that gets bashed because of the downward spiral caused by its star and underwhelming sequels.
Can someone please explain to me why there is so much animosity for 2003's Daredevil? I know it's a bit goofy, but does it really deserve as much hate as it gets? I loved the movie as a kid, and it brings back such nostalgia for me. I thought the action was great for its time, especially the fights pitting Daredevil against Bullseye and Elektra. I thought Kingpin was underwhelming but that is more of a nitpick than a reason for endless hate! And as for Ben Affleck, I thought he fit the role of Daredevil fine (and he will also be a fine Batman!)
I never read the Wanted comic book series so I can't speak about how close it kept to the source material. However, I thought it was a great action movie! It was sexy, fast paced, fun, and exciting! The cast was great with James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and even Chris Pratt! I always wanted a sequel to Wanted, so can somebody please explain all the hate for it?
Unbreakable was peak M. Night Shamalan. It was cool, clever, surprising, and quite refreshing when compared to many other superhero films. Yet, the movie was met with mixed reviews. A lot of the negative reviews came from audiences and critics saying it wasn't as good as The Sixth Sense, which is a horror movie with a completely different tone. I personally love the movie and it isn't the only Shamalan film I'd defend that people tend to hate.
Samuel L. Jackson as the comic book obsessed Mr. Glass was a fantastic villain! I would even argue he is one of the best antagonists in a film to date, and I wish they would have green lit a sequel to flesh out his rivalry with Bruce Willis' Unbreakable character.
I was sick in bed one day, about to watch Tim Burton's Batman on Netflix but I decided to watch a movie called Dredd instead. I was in for a pleasant surprise because it was amazing! It was a non-stop action thriller with a kick-ass hero and a super wicked villain to match! By the time it ended I wanted to scream "More! More!" I always tell everyone who hasn't seen Dredd to check it out because it is so underrated. It even cracks my top 10 superhero movie list!
I love Hellboy but for some reason it never caught on like many other superhero movies and I'm not exactly sure why. It could be because superhero movies were still on the rise in 2004, and people were more interested in well known characters (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.) The talented director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) has stated he wants to return to direct a third and final movie, but unfortunately actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy) said it probably will never happen.
Did I miss anything? Do you have any superhero or comic book movies you love that people tend to view negatively? If so, leave them in the comments! Cheers!