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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1
7,655 3,426
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

2
7,652 3,861
Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

3
5,790 3,315
Elektra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

4
5,018 2,868
Superman IV: The Quest for Pea... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

5
4,988 2,402
Barb Wire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added 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

6
4,678 2,646
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

7
6,499 3,038
The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

8
5,111 3,486
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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 Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

9
4,346 2,612
Superhero Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

10
3,865 1,648
Steel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
wiabux added 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

11
5,331 4,371
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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.

12
4,305 1,912
The Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

13
3,976 3,629
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

14
3,974 3,211
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

15
3,008 2,371
Jonah Hex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, John Malkovich
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

16
3,499 3,985
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

17
3,354 3,269
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Si... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

18
3,024 1,614
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

19
3,449 2,838
Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
wiabux added 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

20
3,972 3,879
Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

21
3,542 1,250
Son of the Mask is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

22
2,563 2,310
Tank Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan2011 added 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

23
2,936 3,295
Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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

24
2,544 894
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
Ερμιόνη Πότερ added 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

25
2,766 2,892
Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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