Blockbusters that let fans down are typically films that attempted to follow a fan-favorite classic. Whenever a film is successful, executives think about how they can wring more money out of the franchise. Sadly, the more popular a film becomes, the harder it is to follow up.
Movies that garner too much hype become a blessing and a curse for studios. On one hand, these overhyped films still manage to sell plenty of tickets. On the other, fans can turn on the franchise and avoid future installments once they decide they don't want to support the hyped movie. It becomes even harder to follow up on a classic if too much time passes before the sequel's release. It's hard to blame the sequels, though; some movies are just too overhyped to have a chance.
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The marketing behind The Mummy purposefully set expectations sky-high. Not only was The Mummy going to be a reboot of the Mummy franchise, but it was also supposed to be the first entry into an Avengers-esque Universal Monsters shared universe. These expectations were impossible to hit. There's no way to guarantee a film will be as successful as a once-in-a-lifetime hit like Iron Man, and to go into a film thinking it will be the start of an entire universe is pure folly.
The Atlantic said of The Mummy, "As the beginning of an ongoing series, it’s an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal’s monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago."Overhyped?
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The only film more iconic than Indiana Jones is Star Wars. Luckily for Harrison Ford's bank account, Ford starred in both. And, just like Star Wars before it, Indiana Jones proved to be a hard film to live up to years later.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered 19 years after The Last Crusade. Sadly, Crystal Skull's release left many wishing The Last Crusade had, in fact, been the last. As The Hollywood Reporter put it, what was so disappointing about Crystal Skull was "the loss of wit and romance" from the earlier films. The budget and action were both bigger this time around, but it proved to be impossible to recapture the magic the filmmakers found nearly two decades prior. Indiana Jones was an American classic, and not even the people who made Indiana Jones could repeat themselves.Overhyped?
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Out of all of Will Ferrell's hilarious roles, none shine brighter than that of regional news anchor Ron Burgundy. But a mixture of expectations set for the return of a fan-favorite character and the quick expiration date of comedy made returning to Anchorman a challenge.
Vanity Fair's review of the film feared the success of Anchorman went to the creators' heads, saying Ferrell spent "nearly a decade listening to what I’m sure have been countless Ron Burgundy riffs and impressions, the character has become something of a spoof of itself."Overhyped?
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Justice League had a lot to live up to. Not only was it the first film in which the most iconic superhero team of all time would be joining together, but it also had to match wits with Marvel's incredibly successful Avengers franchise. The Avengers took B and C-level characters and turned them into household names, so it was anyone's guess how good a team movie featuring the most recognizable characters of all time would be.
During production, Justice League switched directors, which helped turn it into a mess of conflicting tones and visions. In direct contrast to the Avengers movies before it, Time said of Justice League, "It’s just so d*mn hard to care about the story."Overhyped?