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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
Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym

Released: 2004

Directed by: Pitof

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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Son of the Mask is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins, Ben Stein

Released: 2005

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

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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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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Steel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Kenneth Johnson

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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Barb Wire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added Pamela Anderson, Clint Howard, Tommy Lister

Released: 1996

Directed by: David Hogan

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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Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Ερμιόνη Πότερ added Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Josh Trank

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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The Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oley Sassone

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

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Superman IV: The Quest f... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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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Superhero Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Pamela Anderson, Lil' Kim, Kevin Hart

Released: 2008

Directed by: Craig Mazin

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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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
George J. Lewis, John Davidson, Dick Purcell

Released: 1944

Directed by: Elmer Clifton, John English

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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Ghost Rider: Spirit of V... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

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 Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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Krrish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rekha

Released: 2006

Directed by: Rakesh Roshan

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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Star Kid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay, Manny Coto

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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Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Kritakron Jitkamhaeng added Dragonball Evolution Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, James Marsters

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Wong

Dragonball Evolution is a 2009 adventure fiction film directed by James Wong. The film is based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama, and stars Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum ...more

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Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Turbo: A Power Rangers M... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Amy Jo Johnson, Catherine Sutherland, Jason David Frank

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Winning, Shuki Levy

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

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Jonah Hex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, John Malkovich

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jimmy Hayward

Jonah Hex is a 2010 American 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 Jimmy Hayward ...more
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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Townsend

The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Robert Townsend with supporting roles done by Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James ...more

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ang Lee

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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The Spirit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Frank Miller

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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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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Released: 1986

Directed by: Willard Huyck

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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Ra.One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth

Released: 2011

Directed by: Anubhav Sinha

Ra.One is a 2011 Indian science fiction superhero film directed by Anubhav Sinha, and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu in pivotal ...more
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Superman III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Lester

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