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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Rebooting Star Wars has become one of the hardest jobs in Hollywood. Before J.J. Abrams opened his sequel trilogy to controversy, the original creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, found returning to his universe to be just as hard.
Star Wars is immensely popular. The original film, now dubbed A New Hope, is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. After the original trilogy ended, 16 years passed before the release of The Phantom Menace. During that time, the films only gained a larger audience, and the universe expanded through books, comics, and games. Needless to say, expectations of any new film entering the franchise were sky-high. The Hollywood Reporter spoke on the anticipation for the film, saying, "At the time, to call Episode I: The Phantom Menace highly anticipated would be doing a disservice to the concept of anticipation itself."
When The Phantom Menace was released, it simply wasn't the sort of Star Wars film fans were looking for. The Hollywood Reporter said, "For all of its years in gestation, Lucas's screenplay seems oddly underdeveloped and lacks the earlier trilogy's strong plot line and genuine wit."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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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?