Oh, The Atrocities To Choose From . . .

This wasn’t quite the vicious fight I had imagined it being.

Your least favorite superhero film of the last decade?

I thought this might end up being a three way tie between CatwomanThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and The Spirit, but Catwoman crushed its competition — in a manner of speaking — with just over forty percent of the vote. And despite my initial surprise, I can’t say that I actually disagree. This is a terrible movie. This is an insult to terrible movies. I didn’t expect it to be good and yet it was somehow so much worse. Thankfully, presumably to protect my sanity, my brain has blocked out most of the film for me — I have vague memories of Frances Conroy explaining something about reincarnation and Bast, and that is enough to haunt me for the rest of my life.

A very distant second place is awarded to four different movies: The League of Extraordinary GentlemenFantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Spirit, and Green Lantern. Each of these films only managed two votes, despite how hated so many of them are. Like I said, man, Catwoman dominated. Third place is another tie between X-Men: The Last StandGhost Rider, and The Punisher. Each movie got one vote.

Elektra, I want you to know: you got off light. I still hate you. Just . . . not quite as much as I hate a Catwoman movie that’s not about Selina Kyle.

6 thoughts on “Oh, The Atrocities To Choose From . . .

  1. i actually quite like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It’s a movie that surprisingly gets better with multiple viewings. I kinda hated it the first time I saw it, but then I saw it again on HBO later, and enjoyed it much more. Years later, I watched it again, and enjoyed it even more.

    Granted, it’s not a GREAT movie by any stretch, but it’s certainly fun. And though it’s clunky in places, it races along and is relatively satisfying. Plus, all the little in-jokes and story references are just *fun*, exactly like they’re supposed to be.

    I think this poor movie got a bad rap because a lot of people only watched it once. If I’d only seen it the once, I would have walked away feeling like it sucked too. I don’t really know why that is — maybe it doesn’t balance it’s complexity level with it’s fun level very well? Because as soon as I kinda knew the general gist of it already, I had a great time

    • I don’t know. I’ve given some movies a second chance and liked them, but there was really nothing about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen that seemed like it warranted another viewing. If I remember correctly, Stuart Townsend was okay and I actively enjoyed Tony Curran as the Invisible Man, but . . . that was about it. Maybe I’ll try it again at some point, but I can’t say I have high hopes.

  2. Real World Example: I remember reading a review of Catwoman where the reviewer stated that *nothing* could save this film, not even having Hallie Berry and Sharon Stone engage in a naked oil/jello wrestling match as the final boss fight. I can’t say that he was wrong. I’ve only watched one film that I was actually ejected from a theater for verbal trashing of the movie while viewing it (‘Star Crash’) but this ran close enough that the usher was actually standing there waiting for my next comment to eject me.

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