Top 10 Worst Superhero Movies of All Time [As Chosen by our Goodreads Poll]

The top 10 worst superhero movies of all time as voted on by the good people at

10.  Supergirl

“After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman’s cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.”  How could you go wrong with that?  Oh, that’s right.  The plot itself is how you can go wrong with that.  Without a stable foundation, a house cannot stand, especially if said foundation consists of Razzie Award nominees for worst actor and actress, Peter O’Toole and Faye Dunaway.

The movie was just awful, and I need little to no justification in saying so.  If you saw it, even as a child, then you know what I’m talking about.  I gave the movie -.5 stars simple for creativity and for trying to keep the Superman franchise alive after Superman IV killed it off.

9.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

“In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.”  Hardly the first or last time that Alan Moore’s work will be bastardized on the silver screen.  Frankly, if it weren’t for Sean Connery, the movie wouldn’t even have been funny-bad; it just would have been unwatchable, even for a Watchman.

Again, the movie is terrible, and I need little to no justification in saying so, so long as you’ve seen it as well.  I gave it -.5 stars simply for a couple of funny Sean Connery lines, and because I’m a huge Alan Moore fan.  I just don’t know what he was thinking here, as a little birdie tells me he co-wrote the script.

8.  The Shadow

“In 30’s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.”  Where can you go…again, that’s right; it’s all in the description.  I actually adored The Shadow as a comic book series, but as a movie, it just didn’t work.  Especially with Alec Baldwin playing the protagonist.  I’m happy that Baldwin has a sense of humor about it, and I’m also happy to have seen this movie referenced on 30 Rock.  Hell, I’m even happy that I tweeted a few months ago that I was watching this, and Alec Baldwin tweeted me back with an apology.  Even with all that, I just cannot enjoy this movie.

The movie is just awful and it’s the type of drab that gives good superhero movies a horrible name.  I gave it -1 stars, going easy on it as my fiancee enjoys watching it from time to time.

7.  Catwoman (2004)

“A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.”

I don’t need to say anything here.  There’s no in-fighting as to whether or not this was a good or bad movie.  We all agree, correct?  Okay then.  -2.5 stars, barring an extra -2.5 stars simply because Ms. Berry looked pretty good in the costume.

6.  Fantastic Four

“A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.”

I gave it -3 stars.  Not quite as bad as these other five, but actually a half-star worse than 2004’s Catwoman.

5.  Judge Dredd

“In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge (a cop with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.”

I’m sure you know the man on the cover of this movie.  His name is Sylvester Stallone.  You know, Rambo.  Or as some of us like to call him, Just Stop It!  Aren’t you in the pro wrestling hall of fame or something?  Odd, since most of those guys could act circles around you, and this movie certainly proves that.  Okay, so you can only act as well as your script allows, but there’s nothing wrong with saying no, Sly.  Nothing wrong at all.  Granted, Ryan Reynolds has yet to learn that, but you’ve got what – 50 years on him at least?  Come on!

-3.5 stars.  I would have just gone with -3, but after hearing it’s being remade, the extra negative-half-star is necessary.

4.  Ghost Rider

“Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself.”  It felt like I was watching Ghost Rider with Nick Coppola…I mean, Nicholas Cage.  Oh, that’s why; because I was watching Ghost Rider with Nick Coppola…I mean, Nicholas Cage.  Dreadful!

-4 stars!

3.  Elektra

-4.5!  Next!

2.  Hulk (2003)

No description, because a movie without a plot can’t really have one, can it?  Ang Lee’s disasterous Hulk movie that nearly blocked the good Hulk movie from being made (even though it was the weakest of the Avengers movies in my opinion).

-4.5 stars!

1.  Batman and Robin (1997)

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