We’re living through the golden era of the superhero film, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. Sure, some people claim that eventually, audiences will tire of seeing these classic characters rebooted continually on-screen; eventually, we’ll all get “superhero fatigue.” And while that’s a possibility, it’s been genuinely thrilling to see many of the characters who defined our childhoods adapted for the cinema, and with massive commercial and critical successes like The Dark Knight and The Avengers lurking in recent memory, it seems likely studios will continue to pump out superhero films at an alarming rate. We’re here today to talk about what happens when some of those superhero films are just…bad. It does happen, and it happens often, which is why we here at Goliath have rounded up 11 of the worst superhero films of all time, and boy is some of ’em awful. Let’s be clear, this is a list so spectacularly terrible that train wrecks like Daredevil (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Superman Returns (2006) didn’t make it. Yeah…read on in peril.
16. Judge Dredd (1995)
Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) is a tough-talking, by the book, law enforcement and judicial officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One. Judge Dredd is a “street judge” with the authority to arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals. When Dredd’s evil clone brother Rico escapes from jail and frames Dredd for a murder he didn’t commit, Dredd is found guilty and sent to a penal colony, not rot. The film starts fine but quickly devolves into a cheesy comic book film adaptation. The set and costume design (by Gianni Versace), along with special effects were decent for the time but they couldn’t save this film. Stallone’s performance is so bad that at times it feels like he’s lampooning himself and the action film genre. The film cost nearly $90 million to produce and while it did turn a profit, it was still a considerable flop for the studio. Unfortunately, the source material wasn’t put to better use, and fans would have to wait until the 2012 film, Dredd was released to see a film that did the property justice.