Total Nerd The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Superhero movies only, please. Not supernatural or comic-book-like movies.

What are the worst superhero movies ever made? This list includes some of the most horrible attempts to bring to life favorite superheroes on the big screen. For that matter, many of the bad superhero movies listed here are without a doubt among the worst movies of all time, period. Disagree? Totally fine, just vote down the films you actually liked. Also, please add any horrible superhero movies that might be missing, and re-rank this list in any order you want.

And yes, if you see any of the newer superhero movie releases (including Man of Steel and James Mangold's The Wolverine), feel free to include them here if you thought they were terrible.

The worst superhero movies have you leaving the theater scratching your head, wondering why, WHY Hollywood got it so wrong. Can anyone argue that the Fantastic Four movies should have been way better than they were (they were awful, just dreadful)? Sure, sometimes Hollywood gets it right, as evidenced by this list of the best superhero movies ever made, but for every great superhero film, there are a slew of equally horrible ones.

Any list of truly awful superhero movies should include two of the worst offenders: Catwoman and Batman & Robin. Even with Halle Berry poured into a skin-tight, super-hot leather outfit, the movie still sucked. And Batman & Robin might have had some George Clooney action going on, but even the mighty Clooney couldn't save this train wreck of a film.

You'll notice some oldies listed among these top 10+ awful superhero movies, too, and be warned: In some cases, you've likely forgotten all about these bad films. It's a self-preservation thing. You just want to erase these movies from your mind and forget that they ever happened. Apologies for the trauma.

Oh, and let's discuss horrible sequels and reboots: For whatever reason, some of the suckiest superhero movies ever made also have sequels, or someone decides to reboot them because they weren't bad enough to begin with. After suffering through The Punisher, did movie goers really need more punishment with The Punisher: War Zone? Yeah, some of these films are definitely among the worst movie sequels of all time.
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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Catwoman Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. The film is loosely ...more

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6,286 3,250
Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman & Robin Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more

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4,671 2,881
Elektra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Elektra Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios. The story follows ...more

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4,167 2,433
Superman IV: The Quest for Pea... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series. This is the first film in ...more

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4,089 2,125
Barb Wire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added Barb Wire Pamela Anderson, Clint Howard, Tommy Lister Barb Wire is a 1996 American action-science fiction film based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. Brad Wyman produced, and David Hogan directed. Barb Wire stars Pamela ...more

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3,898 2,305
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Supergirl Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow Supergirl is a 1984 British superhero film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is a spin-off to Alexander and Ilya Salkind's Superman film ...more

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5,379 2,617
The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Last Airbender Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The ...more

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4,258 2,876
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. As Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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3,638 2,207
Superhero Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superhero Movie Pamela Anderson, Lil' Kim, Kevin Hart Superhero Movie is a 2008 American comedy spoof film written and directed by Craig Mazin, produced by David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss, and starring Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher ...more

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3,139 1,424
Steel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Steel Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson, Ray J Steel is a 1997 American superhero action film based on the DC Comics character John Henry Irons, who first appeared in 1993 during the Reign of the Supermen! storyline in the Superman comic ...more

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4,444 3,681
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Green Lantern Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.

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3,389 1,646
The Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Fantastic Four Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood The Fantastic Four is an unreleased independent superhero film completed in 1994. Executive produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger, the film was based on Marvel ...more

The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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3,317 3,012
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Daredevil Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell Daredevil is a 2003 American neo-noir superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Ben Affleck as Matt ...more

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2,987 3,203
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Fantastic Four Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos Fantastic Four is a 2005 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It was directed by Tim Story, and released by 20th Century Fox. It is the second live-action Fantastic ...more

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3,284 2,651
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hulk Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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2,508 1,993
Jonah Hex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jonah Hex Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, John Malkovich Jonah Hex is a 2010 American post-Civil War science fiction Western film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by ...more

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3,341 3,098
Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Spider-Man 3 Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more

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2,508 1,400
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America George J. Lewis, John Davidson, Dick Purcell Captain America is a 1944 Republic black-and-white serial film loosely based on the Timely Comics character Captain America. It was the last Republic serial made about a superhero. It also has ...more

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2,810 2,631
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Si... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero film directed by Tim Story, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only ...more

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2,871 2,428
Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Howard the Duck Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Lea Thompson Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and ...more

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2,740 1,039
Son of the Mask is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Son of the Mask Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins, Ben Stein Son of the Mask is a 2005 American fantasy family-comedy film directed by Lawrence Guterman and starring Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist from Fringe City who has just had his ...more

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2,546 2,681
Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Ghost Rider Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's ...more

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Tank Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added Tank Girl Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop Tank Girl is a 1995 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay, loosely based on Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's comic series of the same name, which originated in ...more

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2,376 2,423
Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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2,166 1,695
Superman III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added Superman III Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the third film in the Superman film series based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero. The film is ...more

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1,653 668
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Ερμιόνη Πότερ added Fantastic Four Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh Trank, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. After teleporting to an alternate universe which ...more

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1,901 1,388
The Spirit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Spirit Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson The Spirit is a 2008 American neo-noir superhero film, written and directed by Frank Miller and starring Gabriel Macht, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Paz Vega, Jaime King, Scarlett ...more

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The Green Hornet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Green Hornet Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Seth Rogen The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a ...more

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1,973 2,235
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Punisher Dolph Lundren, Louis Gossett, Jr. The Punisher is a 1989 Australian-American action film directed by Mark Goldblatt and starring Dolph Lundgren. It is based on the Marvel Comics' character of the same name. The film changes many ...more

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2,504 2,704
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the X-Men film ...more

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1,790 2,542
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Spawn Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more

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2,168 1,686
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise, with particular inspiration from the comic book and cartoon series G.I. ...more

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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Forever Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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1,555 1,490
The Shadow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
wiabux added The Shadow Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry The Shadow is a 1994 American superhero film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters and Tim Curry. It ...more

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1,740 2,497
The League of Extraordinary Ge... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Shane West The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan ...more

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1,897 2,043
Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Judge Dredd Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones Judge Dredd is a 1995 American science fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Armand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is ...more

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1,683 1,320
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
rahulmishra84474 added G.I. Joe: Retaliation Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is a 2012 action adventure sci-fi film written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Jon M. Chu.

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2,140 2,513
X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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1,693 1,380
The Phantom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
ChangesDownClub added The Phantom Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson, Billy Zane The Phantom is a 1996 American superhero film directed by Simon Wincer. Based on Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom, the film stars Billy Zane as a seemingly immortal crimefighter and his battle ...more

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1,698 2,582
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
sangredeargento added Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. The story was originally ...more

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1,850 1,360
R.I.P.D. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
JérémyBernard added R.I.P.D. Ryan Reynolds, Marisa Miller, Jeff Bridges R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action-comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest ...more

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1,654 990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
JessyAlvarez added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells Tour Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells Tour is a 1990 musical film directed by Thomas White.

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1,361 1,563
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Guest_ffa6cde8-85b0-44f4-bcbb-e8dca2d37059 added Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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1,148 914
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Corey Feldman, Vivian Wu, Paige Turco Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a 1993 American action film, the second sequel to the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. It was produced by Clearwater Holdings Ltd. and ...more

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Star Kid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Star Kid Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland Star Kid is a 1998 independent sci-fi/family film directed and written by Manny Coto. The film stars Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland, and Corinne Bohrer.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
SlayerScott86 added The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Punisher John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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1,055 636
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
JoeMacGillis added Zoom Courteney Cox, Kate Mara, Chevy Chase Zoom: Academy for Superheroes is a 2006 American superhero comedy film based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe. Directed by Peter Hewitt, the film ...more

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Krrish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Cablogula added Krrish Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha Krrish is a 2006 Indian science fiction superhero film directed, produced, and written by Rakesh Roshan, and starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah. It is the ...more

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1,097 624
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Amy Jo Johnson, Catherine Sutherland, Jason David Frank Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a 1997 American superhero film directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy. It was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd. like Mighty Morphin Power ...more