Watch Hollywood butcher your favorite comics...

by keefkase | created - 22 Feb 2012 | updated - 05 Apr 2015 | Public

Comics, graphic novels... whatever you call them, Hollywood has been cashing in on their popularity for some time now. Unfortunately they've managed to produce some of the biggest stinkers in film history along the way. In most cases, the source material is much better than the trash that ends up on screen. Here are some of the worst, and also some predictions of stinkers to come (In most cases I hope not, though I'm resigned to it).

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1. Elektra (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

34 Metascore

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Zien

Votes: 77,955 | Gross: $24.41M

Yes there are lots of terrible Marvel movies: Spiderman 3, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Hulk, Wolverine, etc etc This has got to be the worst though

2. Catwoman (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

27 Metascore

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson

Votes: 95,810 | Gross: $40.20M

Ah yes, this film based on the DC character beats the many other shoddy DC films to the height of *beep* (Batman & Robin, Superman III, Superman IV, Green Lantern etc)

3. Batman: Year One (2011 Video)

PG-13 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.

Directors: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito

Votes: 25,736

4. Tank Girl (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A girl is among the few survivors of a dystopian Earth. Riding a war tank, she fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of the planet.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey

Votes: 26,951 | Gross: $4.06M

5. Fear Agent

Action, Sci-Fi | Announced

Centers on a colorful, alcoholic alien exterminator named Heath Huston, a Texan who works as a so-called fear agent, the last of a dwindling breed of spacemen whose mission it is to fight threats to the planet Earth.

Please don't let this be a stinker

6. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 295,720 | Gross: $119.94M

7. Whiteout (2009)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Horror

U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt, Columbus Short

Votes: 34,261 | Gross: $10.28M

8. Queen & Country

Action | Announced

Special Ops agent is on the run after assassinating a powerful figure in Eastern Europe.

Director: Ridley Scott

Prediction: Stinker

9. Jinx

Announced

A bounty hunter teams up with a crook to find a stash of lost mob money.

Prediction: Stinker

10. Judge Dredd (1995)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 97,643 | Gross: $34.69M

11. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 224,448 | Gross: $13.41M

I predicted this would be a stinker but I was oh so very wrong. This is the one film on this list you should go watch Right Now!

12. Modesty Blaise (1966)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,121

13. Danger Girl

Action, Thriller | Announced

An eponymous group of female secret agents who engage in adventures led by a former British Secret Service Agent named Deuce.

Prediction: Stinker

14. The Spirit (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

30 Metascore

Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Director: Frank Miller | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jaime King

Votes: 56,271 | Gross: $19.78M

15. The Phantom (1996)

PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson, Treat Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 29,454 | Gross: $17.30M

16. The Green Hornet (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

39 Metascore

Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

Votes: 144,464 | Gross: $98.78M

17. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 51,456 | Gross: $103.74M

18. The Shadow (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In 1930s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle

Votes: 20,451 | Gross: $32.06M

19. From Hell (2001)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 134,467 | Gross: $31.60M

20. Rex Mundi

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | Announced

A physician in the 1930s investigates the mysterious death of a priest and embarks on a journey for the Holy Grail. Based on a series of graphic novels by Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson.

Prediction: Stinker

21. Surrogates (2009)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

45 Metascore

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 159,376 | Gross: $38.58M

22. The Last Days of American Crime

Action, Adventure, Crime | Announced

In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.

Prediction: Stinker

23. Echo (II)

Action, Crime, Drama | Announced

A woman finds herself becoming the target of the military after a freak accident leaves her with the ability to harness the power of a nuclear bomb.

Star: Sheila Redman Hoffman

Prediction: Stinker

24. Renegade (2004)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Western

Alledged wayward adolescent Louisiana gentleman Michael 'Mike' Blueberry is dumped by his family with a Wild West uncle. The brute's only 'motivation' is a stick. After a nearly fatal ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Michael Madsen, Juliette Lewis, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 9,699

25. Jonah Hex (2010)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

33 Metascore

The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Director: Jimmy Hayward | Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 49,584 | Gross: $10.54M

26. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

30 Metascore

In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 151,621 | Gross: $66.47M

27. Man-Thing (2005)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni, Rachael Taylor

Votes: 5,290 | Gross: $0.14M

28. Swamp Thing (1982)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess

Votes: 10,769

29. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

78 Metascore

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander

Votes: 227,830 | Gross: $75.75M

30. The Goon

Animation, Action, Adventure | Announced

"The Goon" comic is about a hulking orphan raised by his aunt, a strong-woman for a carnival. When a gangster Labrazio guns down the aunt, the goon kills the gangster and takes over the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Fowler, Tim Miller

Please don't let this be a stinker

31. The Punisher (1989)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori

Votes: 18,470

32. The Punisher (2004)

R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

33 Metascore

An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring

Votes: 136,235 | Gross: $33.68M

33. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

30 Metascore

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 54,183 | Gross: $7.95M

34. Preacher (2016– )
Episode: Pilot (2016)

TV-MA | 64 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A preacher heads out on a journey to combat the supernatural evil that just decimated his Texas hometown.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths

Votes: 3,685

Prediction: Stinker

35. The Boys (2019– )

60 min | Action, Drama | Pre-production

An action story centered on a CIA squad tasked with keeping superheroes in line, by any means necessary.

Stars: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford

Prediction: Stinker

36. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 148,334 | Gross: $50.69M

37. The Crow (2019)

Action, Crime, Fantasy | Pre-production

A year after he and his fiance are murdered, Eric is brought back to life by a mystical crow.

Director: Corin Hardy | Star: Jason Momoa

38. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

29 Metascore

During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 161,958 | Gross: $80.28M

39. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010 Video)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben.

Director: Ben Ketai | Stars: Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 11,029

40. Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

65 Metascore

A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Director: Kinka Usher | Stars: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria

Votes: 56,993 | Gross: $29.66M

41. The Losers (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

44 Metascore

A CIA special forces team are betrayed and left for dead by their superiors, galvanizing them to mount an offensive on the CIA.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans

Votes: 79,928 | Gross: $23.58M

42. Wanted (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp

Votes: 325,433 | Gross: $134.51M

43. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy

66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 476,471 | Gross: $48.07M

44. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 226,161 | Gross: $28.80M

Prediction: Stinkbomb

45. Incognito (I)

Action | Announced

Ruthless super villain, Zack Overkill, rats out his bad boss and seeks refuge in a witness protection program.

Director: Fede Alvarez

Prediction: Stinker

46. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 663,665 | Gross: $210.61M

47. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Director: Noam Murro | Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson

Votes: 249,791 | Gross: $106.58M

Prediction: Stinkfist

48. Bloodshot (II)

Action, Drama, Fantasy | Announced

Angelo Mortalli, a slain mobster, is re-animated with superpowers.

Director: Dave Wilson | Star: Vin Diesel

Prediction: Stinker

49. Astro City

Action, Adventure, Crime | Announced

Astro City tracks superheroes Samaritan, Winged Victory, the Hanged Man and Jack-in-the-Box and their interactions with the people of the eponymous city.

Prediction: disappointment