|Supremely sucky superhero sagas|
Even superpowers couldn't save these movies
By Bryan Reesman
We live in a superhero universe now. While comic books were considered hopelessly nerdy up through the '90s, they are now cool, hip and can be blockbusters. Yet even as Tinseltown has been jonesing for more caped crusader capers, filmmakers don't always get them right. Many fail to realize that it's not just about the cool costumes, over-the-top fights and secret identities, it's about humanizing the characters, giving them realistic internal conflicts to grapple with and injecting the right balance of humor and drama. Look at the first two "X-Men" and the first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies for proof of that.
Given Hollywood's extended obsession with high-powered superhero flicks, we thought we would explore some truly glaring cinematic atrocities. Not only is it fun to tear them apart, but it makes us appreciate the great ones so much more. We promise not to geek out too much when picking at the details of supreme superhero suckitude.
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