5 Batman and Superman movies worse than Dawn of Justice

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters last week and promptly took a pummelling from the critics. Not even the strongest bat armor or bones of steel could protect two of America’s greatest heroes from the ferocious keyboards of movie reviewers.

But…well, it ain’t actually that bad. Sure, it’s messy and it’s too long but it’s definitely not as bad as the 29% on Rotten Tomatoes suggests.

In fact, in the midst of all the critical complaining, it’s easy to forget that both Bats and Supes have been in much, much worse. Starting with…

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace isn’t just one of the worst superhero movies of all time; it’s one of the worst movies of all time period.

Most of the movie’s problems come from the fact it had a super low budget, which led to terrible special effects and some interesting location choices. Most of the movie was filmed in the UK, with a bus station in Milton Keynes (Google it) standing in the for the UN Headquarters in NYC.

And then there’s the characters. Superman and Lex Luthor are okay, even if Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman seem bored, but Nuclear Man is easily one of the worst villains in any superhero movie, and Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor’s totally rad nephew just makes us think of Poochie.

Batman & Robin

AKA the movie that nearly killed Batman.

Even George Clooney, who seems like the perfect choice to play Bruce Wayne, and Uma Thurman couldn’t save Batman & Robin, although Daniel Day-Lewis would struggle to make a movie with Bat credit cards, ice-skates and the notorious Bat nipples good.

The only redeeming feature of this movie is Arnie and his never-ending stream of lame ice puns. It’s funny now, but can you imagine paying good money to watch this at the theater?!

Batman Forever

Batman Forever isn’t a bad movie but it earns its place on this list for spawning Batman & Robin. All the warning signs are there: the garish colors, the kooky gadgets, the cartoon villains. But we laughed it off and let it happen. We let Batman & Robin sneak up on us, people! WE DID IT!

Man of Steel

Yeah, it’s pretty similar to Dawn of Justice but this loses points for a lack of Batman. As much as we love Superman, the new miserable version is kind of a drag to be around. Dude, you can literally do anything you want! Stop moping!

Man of Steel is actually a pretty good movie but it’s a bit too grim and serious for its own good. The action sequences are great though, and are extra awesome once you have the hindsight of Batman vs Superman.

Superman III

This is the one where Superman becomes a total jerk and does stuff like blowing out the Olympic Flame and straightening out the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Not cool, man. Not cool.

Superman III goes to the opposite end of the spectrum to Man of Steel and veers into the realm of slapstick comedy. It even has Richard Pryor as an evil bumbling sidekick!

It’s not terrible but it’s not one of Superman’s finest hours either.

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