The critical thrashing being given to the recent Suicide Squad movie (it currently has a 30% score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes) raises an interesting question: Why do some beloved superheroes not translate well to the movies? When filmmakers get it right, they can produce great movies and create film franchises from beloved superheroes – whether standalone characters such as Batman, Iron Man and Captain America to teams of heroes such as The X-Men, Avengers, or Guardians of the Galaxy. Yet, certain superheroes have suffered through not one, but multiple terrible movie incarnations – often with different actors playing the lead role. What is it about certain superheroes that makes it so difficult to put them in a good film? Here are seven superheroes who have suffered through multiple terrible movies (sometimes more than one!) and deserve to finally star in a good film adaptation.
First, she co-starred in the ill-fated 2003 movie Daredevil, and then she starred in the even worse 2005 standalone movie Elektra. Everyone’s favourite female assassin/ninja just can’t seem to get a break on the big screen. Played by actress Jennifer Garner, in what was planned to be a long-runnung franchise for her. Too bad Elektra has never gotten the kick-ass movie she deserves. Daredevil (2003), co-starring Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell, was not nearly as good as the current Netflix series. And 2005’s Elektra is widely considered to be one of the worst comic book film adaptations ever. The main problem has been that filmmakers have tried to make Elektra a heroic figure, instead of the bad ass hired assassin that she has always been in the comic books. In the 2005 movie, Elektra protects a single father and his daughter from supernatural assassins. Really? Give this character a katana and a throwing star and let her lose to kill for top dollar. C’mon!