14 Overqualified Casts That Teamed Up For Bad Comic Book Movies

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Vote up the best casts that teamed up for the worst movies.

Moviemaking is a difficult art. With so many moving parts and a years-long development process, you never know how a movie is going to turn out when post-production is finished. This is how we end up with really, really bad comic book movies that have stunning cast lists. When A-listers sign on to the next big superhero blockbuster, they're assuming they are getting involved in the next Avengers-level success story! Sometimes, however, you end up showcasing your talents in a Jonah Hex-level misfire.

We're running through all the overqualified casts from superhero films past, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to R.I.P.D., so vote up the incredible actors whose talents were ultimately wasted on a project that wasn't worth their time in the first place.

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    205 VOTES

    Green Lantern proved to be such a disaster for Warner Bros. that we're just now getting another Lantern-based project all these years later. Given the fact that DC films and television shows keep popping up left and right, that is pretty astonishing. Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lanterns are firmly entrenched with the Flash, Aquaman, and a few others in DC's second tier of superheroes. When a movie bombs as hard as Green Lantern did, the impact can be quite lasting.

    That being said, do you remember all the people who showed up in this 2011 dumpster fire? Yeah, everyone remembers Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan years before he would get another chance to headline a superhero franchise with Deadpool, but the rest of the cast is pretty awesome, too. Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Clarke Duncan, Taika Waititi, and Clancy Brown make up a cast list that would make even Marvel Studios blush.

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  • If you're looking at the entirety of 20th Century Fox's X-Men output, it's best to simply ignore the non-Wolverine/Deadpool entries in the franchise post-Days of Future Past. If Days of Future Past righted the ship by restarting the continuity and becoming a megahit, its immediate follow-up - X-Men: Apocalypse - somehow managed to undo all the goodwill the series had recently earned back from fans. The movie just doesn't work, sadly.

    The entire crew from First Class and Days of Future Past (with the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence) returns for the 2016 sequel, and there is plenty more where those actors came from. Apocalypse adds Oscar Issac, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Lana Condor to the proceedings. Throw in a Hugh Jackman cameo for good measure and you've got one heck of a cast. Too bad the movie isn't very good.

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    196 VOTES

    Thankfully, nowadays, we have 2021's The Suicide Squad to wash the taste of 2016's Suicide Squad out of our mouths. The DC Films subsidiary of Warner Bros. Pictures is in a much more assured place with its superhero films now than it was back when the studio's answer for everything seemed to be "let's go super grim-dark and figure everything out in post-production." Suicide Squad ended up being a failure on numerous levels, but at least the cast was pretty incredible. 

    Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, and Will Smith round out the main cast. Throw in Ike Barinholtz, Karen Fukuhara, Common, David Harbour, and Jared Leto's bizarre take on the Joker and you've got a stellar cast! Alas, a stellar cast does not a good movie make, and it took the talents of James Gunn to reboot everything with a sort-of-sequel five years later. 

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  • 4
    119 VOTES

    Woof. There might not be a worse DC film than 2010's Jonah Hex. It is a categorical failure on pretty much every level. It was ravaged by both critics and audiences alike. It was an utter box-office disaster for Warner Bros. It's become an entirely forgotten film in an era where most comic book movies become success stories. Jonah Hex is a disaster. But let's talk about that cast for a second...

    Almost every character in the movie is portrayed by an actor you recognize. It's wild! Josh Brolin. John Malkovich. Megan Fox. Michael Fassbender. Will Arnett. Michael Shannon. Wes Bentley. Lance Reddick. Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Aidan Quinn. Julia Jones. John Gallagher Jr. Jonah Hex is not a good movie and you probably shouldn't watch it, but casting director Bernard Telsey undoubtedly earned his paycheck on this one.

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  • The third time's the charm. Logan, Fox's third crack at a standalone Wolverine movie, is generally regarded as one of the best superhero films ever made. 2013's The Wolverine, the oft-forgotten second attempt, is a pretty good film that falls apart in the third act. 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, however, stands apart from its sequels as a truly diabolical film. Almost nothing about this complete misfire works at all, save for the performances of Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber in the lead roles.

    The rest of the cast (except for the inexplicable inclusion of will.i.am as John Wraith) is made up of serious talent, too. Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch, and Troye Sivan all shine in thankless roles that basically give them nothing of note to do. And, of course, Ryan Reynolds gets his first, unfortunate crack at playing Wade Wilson... but the less said about that particular travesty, the better.

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  • The New Mutants may have been the last non-MCU X-Men movie to be released from the 20th Century Fox days, but that movie spent years in post-production hell. It was filmed in 2017 and was finally released in 2020. The true swan song of the initial X-Men film franchise was 2019's Dark Phoenix. After 2006's The Last Stand tried (and failed) to adapt the legendary "Dark Phoenix Saga" from page to screen, this was meant to be a correction of sorts and a send-off for everyone's favorite band of mutants. Instead, it was the recipient of terrible reviews and shoulder shrugs from audiences worldwide.

    As the final film in Fox's franchise, Dark Phoenix had the budget to bring back pretty much everyone you'd expect. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, and Kodi Smit-McPhee all return from previous films while Jessica Chastain, Ato Essandoh, Brian d'Arcy James, and Halston Sage bring even more firepower to the proceedings. It was all for naught, though, as X-fans are mostly just waiting around for their lovable mutants to join the MCU nowadays.

    112 votes