DC’s all-time biggest flops

Ryan Leston
14 August 2013
DC’s all-time biggest flops

After the recent success of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel', we looks at some of DC's biggest financial failures… and what made them quite so rubbish.

It's no secret that when it comes to comic book movies, Marvel seem to be doing a much better job than DC lately. With the enormous success of 'Iron Man 3' as well as 'Avengers Assemble', the folks at DC are still playing catch up… and while 'Man of Steel' proved to be quite the blockbuster, it still wasn't a patch on Marvel's phenomenal box office takings. So where is DC going wrong?

[Batman vs. Superman: Mark Strong hints at Lex Luthor role]

Unfortunately, that's a difficult question. Despite Superman being the most iconic superhero of all time, even his latest adventure failed to stack up against the might of Marvel. And with the Dark Knight currently going through a bit of an identity crisis, it's all to play for when it comes to the highly-anticipated 'Batman vs. Superman' movie.

But what about DC's other movies? Which of them have proved to be box-office Kryptonite? Here's our list of DC's all-time greatest flops.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace - 1987

Christopher Reeve's fourth and final outing as Clark Kent, this was by far the worst Superman movie that has even been made… to the extent that most fans simply refuse to acknowledge that it even exists. Universally panned by critics, this ridiculously camp and thoroughly over-the-top movie featured the only appearance of Nuclear Man... thankfully. With tacky special effects which border on the ridiculous, even the Man of Steel couldn't rescue this sinking ship. Costing around $17 million to produce, it's the only Superman film ever to have failed to recoup its budget - clocking in a measly $15.6 million at the box office.

Catwoman - 2004

Awful. Simply awful. This downright rubbish Catwoman spinoff is a complete travesty and has to be one of the low points of Halle Berry's career. And this is an actress who starred in 'Movie 43'. Following the ridiculous story of graphics designer Patience Phillips, she ends up being bumped off by her employers in one of the most bizarre death scenes we've ever seen. Literally flushed away by the evil corporation, she was apparently reborn as Catwoman due to some Egyptian mumbo-jumbo involving a stray cat… and this was the movie's high point. Made for around $100 million, it pulled in a pitiful $82.1 million at the box office. And we're surprised it managed that much.

Supergirl - 1984

Banking on the success of the first three 'Superman' movies, the big-screen adventure of Kara Zor-El (that's Superman's cousin to the uninitiated) should have been a success. At least, that's what the studio probably told themselves. Starring Helen Slater as Supergirl and including a bizarre performance by Peter O'Toole, 'Supergirl' was critically panned for its poor special effects and a heroine so cheery, that she makes Elmo look clinically depressed. Botched together for around $35 million, it only managed to make a measly $14.2 million.

[Batman vs. Superman: Jeffrey Dean Morgan for Batman?]

Jonah Hex - 2010

Based on one of DC's more obscure comic books, 'Jonah Hex' was obviously inspired by Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name. An expert marksman and brilliant tracker in the comic books, Josh Brolin's incarnation was inexplicably given the ability to raise the dead. Quickly descending into farce, this frankly rubbish movie couldn't be saved despite its all-star cast. Featuring John Malkovich, Megan Fox and even Michael Fassbender, it's obvious that they did the best they could… but ultimately, the movie fell flat. Costing $47 million, it managed to make around $10.9 million at the box office. And even that was surprising.

Steel - 1997

Without a doubt, 'Steel' is DC's biggest flop and arguably one of the worst movies of all time. Ever. This ridiculous superhero flick sees Shaquille O'Neal (that's right, the basketball player) as John Henry Irons - a weapons designer who becomes the superhero 'Steel' after his advanced weaponry falls into the hands of street thugs. With a plot and style that seems to have been lifted directly out of a Saturday morning cartoon, it seems poor Shaq's acting career wasn't meant to be… With a production cost of $16 million, the abysmal movie went on to suffer a fatal Shaq Attack, earning only $1.7 million at the box office.

Thankfully, DC has more than made up for these awful movies with the likes of 'Man of Steel' and 'The Dark Knight'. But that's not quite the end of it. After all, the likes of Jonah Hex and Steel have managed to get their own movies, yet we're still to see Wonder Woman, Aquaman or even The Flash make it to the big screen. So what are you waiting for DC? You've got a lot of making up to do…

What do you think of DC's biggest flops? Isn't it about time we saw some more of the Justice League? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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