If you know anything about me, you know that I’m deeply invested in all things superhero. Comics, television shows, movies–there’s a lot to witness in this genre, and I’ve read, watched, and geeked out about a big chunk of it. However, considering the sheer amount of what’s out there, from live-action to documentary films, inevitably there’s a lot that I’ve yet to see.
This week for Watch Wednesday we’re going to narrow that focus to film as I reveal five superhero films I have never watched–and they’re all bigger ticket movies.
I know, the shame.
5 Superhero Movies I’ve Never Seen
While films like Max Steel and the latest TMNT film (both of which I have not watched before) certainly qualify for this post’s discussion, for the purpose of narrow the scope of things I’ve decided to zero in on just DC and Marvel films.
That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot more superhero-y films that I’m missing out on as of now (Split, for example), but you’ve got to make cuts somewhere, am I right? Marvel and DC are simply the most widely recognized, so it made sense.
#1 – Deadpool (2016)
A financial and critical success, Deadpool has been lauded for its style as well as its careful faith to its source material. Not only did this film go on to break numerous records, including becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film and X-Men film, but even received two Golden Globe nominations.
Marvel’s Murk with a Mouth has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I mean, who doesn’t love an unconventional, four-wall-breaking superhero who loves chimichangas? And, with an 83% Rotten Tomatoes rating, what’s keeping me from Ryan Reynold’s born-to-be role?
Frankly, it really just takes me a long time to see most R-rated films, if at all. Even with the Marvel stamp of approval on it, I know Wade Wilson’s character and, while it’s easier to stomach in print, I’m not exactly a raunchy humor sort of gal. I’ll probably end up watching Deadpool either when it’s been edited for television, or otherwise through an edited viewing service.
#2 – Fantastic Four (2015)
I wasn’t a huge fan of the 2005 rendition of the Fantastic Four and its proceeding sequel in 2007, but the team has seen so many cool storylines in the comics that I was fairly optimistic about the 2015 remake. There really is so much to work with that, in conjunction with what the MCU has done with superhero movies in the past ten, it left me thinking, “Dude, they’ve got this.”
Um, apparently I was so far wrong it’s painful to even talk about at this point. Fantastic Four has a meager 9% on the Tomatometer, with a just as dismal 18% audience score. Described as “dull and downbeat”, this film swept the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards, winning Worst Director, Worst Prequel, Remake, or Sequel, and Worst Picture. Ouch.
Fantastic Four‘s grim reviews are obviously what kept me far, far away. However, after witnessing Michael B. Jordan in all his freaking amazingness in Black Panther, I’ve half-considered watching it just to see him. However, at the same time, I’m afraid of tainting his glowing visage. Decisions, decisions.
#3 – Justice League (2017)
After a lot of a build-up and anticipation following the success of Wonder Woman, Justice League was a film that even I was excited to see. While fellow builder films like Batman v. Superman and pretty much all the Superman films weren’t so hot–not to mention Suicide Squad–there was hope to be had that DC had learned its lesson thanks to Diana Prince’s golden performance in the box office.
$300 million dollars later (making it the second most expensive film ever made), Justice League dropped to mixed reviews. While audience scoring gave it a 76% approval rating, the Tomatometer sits at only 46%. What’s with this chasm of opinion for what was a film chocked full of fan-favorite heroes?
In the end, I’ve yet to make the effort to see Justice League because it was quickly clear that it was merely DC’s attempt at acquiring what took Marvel 10-years to work for in a single bound. I’ll eventually watch it, I’m certainly not avoiding it, but I feel dissatisfied at the fact that DC really had the upper hand on the film industry, only to squander it with poor writing, character development, and plot structure. Come on, DC–you can do this! Give us more Wonder Woman!
#4 – Logan (2017)
Logan is a film that is based on one of the coolest arcs for Wolverine in the comic universe, Old Man Logan. While certain elements of Old Man Logan are seen in 2013’s The Wolverine, ultimately Logan is a true homage to the character and tone of the comic book series.
In a film that goes against all the superhero genre conventions, Logan scored high with both critics and moviegoers alike, snagging the title of Certified Fresh with a Tomatometer of 93%. Logan is now one of the best-reviewed X-Men films ever, even having some critics calling it one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Wolverine’s last hoorah has been described as being all about the power of telling a story, allowing itself to take itself seriously in a genre that very rarely does so.
Again, the R-rating had me slow on the pick-up for this film. However, I’m itching to see it. Recently I caught a few minutes of it while my parents were watching it and I said, “Crap, I’ve got to watch this movie.” It’s definitely on my to-watch list.
#5 – Green Lantern (2011)
I’m so sorry, Ryan, I promise I have nothing against you and your hero-based movies! Green Lantern wasn’t a film, even pre-release, I was hoping to see in the first place. I’ve never particularly enjoyed Hal Jordan’s character, I think I like John Stewart a bit more, but, still, it was a superhero movie, so why not?
Green Lantern went on to basically disappoint everyone who watched it. While some did praise Ryan Reynold’s performance, overall Green Lantern was panned for its CGI, villains, tone, screenplay, and just about everything else. Barely making back the $200 million it cost to make, it has only a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still better than Fanastic Four, though, right? That’s something?
Combined with the fact that I’ve always found Green Lantern sort of lame to begin with, and adding in the “overproduced, and thinly written” description the film received, I’ve found no real reason to give Green Lantern a shot. Sorry, Ryan!
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