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on 12 Oct 2010 11:01

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1. Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)


Note : Honestly, I have never heard of this flick and it looks pretty lame... But, according to IMDB, this was to be the first in a serie of films based on a popular series of pulp novels. The poor box office returns cancelled plans for any further film productions. I won't miss those...

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People who added this item 253  Average listal rating (177 ratings) 4.4  IMDB Rating 4.3 
2. Supergirl (1984)


Note : In the 80's, following the success of Superman, they tried to launch another super-hero franchise in the same spirit. It seemed a good idea but the movie was really lame and flopped terribly...
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People who added this item 195  Average listal rating (117 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
3. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the... (1984)


Note : What a title... I mean, it is kind of cute but they did really expect us to take this movie really seriously?!? Actually, I haven't seen it so it might be actually completely awesome. Anyway, this was the first and last movie featuring the adventures of the Mighty Buckaroo Banzai.

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4. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)


Note : Honestly, I have never heard of Remo or his movie. Never a good sign... This entry was advised by Ulysses. With such a title, they were clearly aiming for a franchise. Guess what ? Didn't happened! Why not ? Maybe because of the (not so) huge Fred Ward Star Power... No offense Fred !

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People who added this item 553  Average listal rating (392 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 4.5 
5. Howard the Duck (1986)


Note What was George Lucas thinking with this piece of sh*t ?!? I'm pretty sure he needed some dough and thought he found his new cash cow. No way, this is maybe the worst comic-book adapatation ever...

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People who added this item 285  Average listal rating (189 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.6 
6. The Punisher (1989)


Note : Before The Dark Knight, before Spider-man, before the X-men, there was the Punisher !!! Never seen it ? Me neither... It even failed to receive a theatrical release in the U.S.

People who added this item 452  Average listal rating (297 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
7. The Rocketeer (1991)


Note : I don't get it... No disrespect but when you have Superman, Spider-man ,Batman or any other really famous super-hero, why would you pick the Rocketeer to make a comic-book adaptation ?!? Anyway, Roger Ebert loved this movie but I was just bored during the whole thing. I guess I wasn't the only one because after this introduction to the Rocketeer, he never came back...
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8. Super Mario Bros. (1993)


Note : Mario was, probably still is, the most famous video game character and there have been many (most of them very good) games with him. So, it is quite natural that they decided to extand his realm to the movies. Unfortunately, it was a critical and financial disaster and we never saw Mario again expect, of course, in his lovely Nintendo games...

People who added this item 945  Average listal rating (664 ratings) 3.7  IMDB Rating 3.7 
9. Street Fighter (1994)


Note : One year after the Mario movie, they tried another video game adaptation... Being a big Street Fighter fan, I had to see it in the movie theater... What a terrible experience! One of the wortst movies I have ever seen... Luckilly, I was not the only thinking that way so there was no sequel for this pile of horsesh*t....
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People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (196 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
10. The Shadow (1994)


Note Again, no direspect but I have never heard of the Shadow... Was it back then the most interesting super-hero out there ? I haven't seen this one but it was definitely no success and any possible sequel was cancelled...

People who added this item 988  Average listal rating (700 ratings) 4.9  IMDB Rating 5.4 
11. Judge Dredd (1995)


Note : Honestly, this one had some potential. A badass character, pretty good casting choice with Stallone, a nice mood... but still it didn't work out. Mostly for 2 reasons. First, they toned down the material (bye bye badassery...) and second, where was the f*cking mask ?!? Stallone has the mask on maybe 10 minutes for the whole movie while it is one of trademark of the character... Anyway, you know the drill, financial and critical misfire = no Dredd 2...
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People who added this item 364  Average listal rating (258 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 4.9 
12. The Phantom (1996)


Note : For some reasons, in the 90's, they focused on some of the more obsure super-heros and, as you can see on this list, most of those flicks were terrible turkeys. This one wasn't an exception and Billy Zane didn't get his own bonafide franchise....

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People who added this item 750  Average listal rating (506 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating 5.2 
13. Spawn (1997)


Note : Maybe we have a winner here. Cool super-hero=check, cool moody poster=check, cool lead actor= let me see, who is the lead actor...Michael Jai White... Who the f*ck is that ? Ah yeah! I know, he got killed by the Joker in the Dark Knight!! What a perfomance ! Sorry, I'm just being ironic here... Anyway, Michael (or is it Michael Jai?) didn't have enough star power to pull this movie for a sequel...
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People who added this item 2149  Average listal rating (1449 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating 5.3 
14. Godzilla (1998)


Note : Ooooo... It was big and it was bad... Big budget doesn't always mean big success. Even if you include a nice open ending with little baby godzillas... It was supposed to be a trilogy but they dropped the whole thing when this flick was a flop.
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15. The Avengers (1998)


Note : Nowadays, when you hear this title, you think of an awesome super-hero flick which has recently become the 3rd highest grossing motion picture ever made. Before that, there was another movie bearing the same title which is, arguably, the worst TV-show adaptation ever made. No doubt if it wasn't that bad and made some bucks, it would have started a new franchise but it wasn't meant to be...

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People who added this item 2368  Average listal rating (1583 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 4.8 
16. Wild Wild West (1999)


Note : Not everything that Will Smith touches changes in gold... Even though it was obviously a potential franchise, this one didn't work out too good for him.
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17. Battlefield Earth (2000)


Note : Not only it was a huge flop and arguably one of the worst movies ever made, the original plans called for a sequel to be produced, which would have been based on the second half of the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. These plans were scrapped due to the poor critical and public reaction to this film. Thank God for that...

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People who added this item 2390  Average listal rating (1580 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating 5.7 
18. Hulk (2003)


Note : I'm probably one of the only people on Earth who actually likes this movie... I think it is one of the most thoughtfull super-hero movies out there. But I'm maybe the only one who thinks so and it failed terribly badly.
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People who added this item 1485  Average listal rating (1024 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.4 
19. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Wo... (2003)


Note : The film's plot and characters are adapted from three novels in author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series. It could have become a franchise since there was a total of 20 novels about Jack Aubrey's naval career. Even though Russell Crowe was rather enthousiast concerning a possible sequel, Peter Weir thought it was rather unlikely and, eventually, since it was not really successful, no sequel was made eventually.

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People who added this item 2488  Average listal rating (1681 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 5.4 
20. Daredevil (2003)


Note : I don't think it was that bad. Actually, Daredevil is a pretty cool character and it would have been nice to see more of him. But it failed badly and Ben Affleck won't problably ever come back as a super-hero following his statement "Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon."
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People who added this item 1176  Average listal rating (791 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
21. The Punisher (2004)


Note : For the 2nd time, they tried to start a franchise around The Punisher, and again, they failed gloriously ! Actually, this one did better than the 1st one. It was released in the US and made nearly four times what it cost. Eventually, a sequel was planned (well done !), but Thomas Jane eventually bowed out as it was taking too long to produce (too bad...). Personally, I couldn't care less about this movie. No loss for me !
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22. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Eve... (2004)


Note : Honestly, I thought it was pretty good and they were supposed to make more movies (there are 13 books so that should be enough material) but it seems that they eventually dropped the whole thing so we won't see Count Olaf and the Baudelaire siblings for anytime soon.

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People who added this item 3217  Average listal rating (2185 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
23. Van Helsing (2004)


Note : I don't think it was that bad. I mean, of course, it is loud and dumb but I thought it was a rather fun watch. However, I'm one of the few who thought so and it was destroyed by the critics and any plan for a sequel was scrapped.
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People who added this item 735  Average listal rating (506 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating
24. Sahara (2005)


Note : They hoped so bad they will get new the Indiana Jones with this... No way ! How dare they compare Matthew McConaughey with the Great Harrison Ford ?!? Anyway, it was a huge (deserved) flop with a reported $100 million dollars loss.
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People who added this item 2722  Average listal rating (1779 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.1 
25. Superman Returns (2006)


Note : Honestly, I don't think it was that bad. Before it came out, there was a huge buzz surrounding this flick. After almost 20 years, Superman was finally back on the big screen and it was (and still is ) one of the most expensive movies ever made. Unfortunately, it was nothing great and the movie really tanked at the box-office and it was a huge blow for all the people involved (Bryan Singer, Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey) concerning their career. In 2013, Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan will come out with a new reboot and we will see if they have more luck.
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People who added this item 1513  Average listal rating (959 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 5.1 
26. Eragon (2006)


Note : There was a nice open ending. That's how confident they were... But no sequel ! It is a very hated movie but I don't think it is that bad.
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People who added this item 1859  Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.1 
27. The Golden Compass (2007)


Note : Again, a nice open ending...They tried so bad to reproduce The Lord of the Rings success but it didn't work out and the sequels were cancelled. It's too bad because it had a great cast (Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, and the voice of Ian McKellen), some very nice visuals and the story was not bad at all.
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People who added this item 205  Average listal rating (132 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 4.8 
28. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)


Note : Honestly, I have never heard of this flick before and it doesn't look very good. It is actually based on the novel 'The Dark is Rising' by Susan Cooper, which is part of a series of five books collectively called 'The Dark is Rising Sequence'. I guess we will never know what happened in those over books then...

suggested by Leo

People who added this item 2156  Average listal rating (1390 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.9 
29. The Incredible Hulk (2008)


Note : Once again, 5 years later, they tried again to launch a franchise around the big green guy and once again... they failed ! In spite of casting Edward Norton, one of the best actors around, it didn't become the success they hoped.

I have a theory about this. The issue is the Hulk himself. Why ? 2 reasons.

1. The audience wants Bruce Banner to become the Hulk. That's what we came for !! But Bruce Banner doesn't want to transform. So the audience wants completely the opposite of what the main character wants and it creates these 2 antagonist drives in the story which doesn't provide a fluent narration.

2. The Hulk is incontrollable and goes rampage everytime he is pissed off. He doesn't have any purpose than to destroy everything around him which sounds nicer than it actually is. At the end of the day, how can you build a story around a character who doesn't have any purpose at all ?

I like both Hulk movies but because of those 2 reasons, I don't think a Hulk movie can really be successful.
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People who added this item 2058  Average listal rating (1354 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
30. Jumper (2008)


Note : It had a nice concept and it was rather successful at the box-office (more than $200 million worldwide gross) but the critical reception was not enthousiast at all so we won't see any Jumper 2 for anytime soon...
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People who added this item 410  Average listal rating (256 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating
31. Punisher: War Zone (2008)


Note : This is the stuff of legend !!! For the 3rd time, they tried to create a franchise around Frank Castle and, for the 3rd time, they failed so bad ! When will they finally drop this guy?!? This one had the largest budget yet at $35 million but it made only $10 million... At the 2010 Comic Con, Marvel said they planned for yet another reboot of the character. You gotta to be kidding me...

People who added this item 707  Average listal rating (451 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.1 
32. Inkheart (2008)


Note : Everytime they adapt a fantasy novel, the Hollywood producers always hope they will get the new Harry Potter. This, for example, was the first book of a trilogy but I guess we won't see the other books adapted for anytime soon. Personally, I would blame Brendan Fraser, but that's me...
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People who added this item 1822  Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.7 
33. Terminator: Salvation (2009)


Note : Honestly, I don't get why they cancelled the sequels. Christian Bale is a great actor, it looked pretty cool and it was not a failure at the box-office. And the McG argument is not valid ... Even Charlie's Angels had a sequel !
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34. Push (2009)


Note : I finally saw that one and, honestly, I thought it was not that bad. But like 'Jumper' a year before, they obviously tried to surf on the super-hero wave but it didn't work that really good and the planned sequel(s) was cancelled.
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35. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)


Note : In the shadow of 'Twilight', there was another book adaptation dealing with teenagers an vampires but it was barely noticed. It's too bad since it was not bad at all but there won't be any sequels even if they provided a convenient open ending.
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People who added this item 265  Average listal rating (172 ratings) 3.8  IMDB Rating 3.7 
36. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)


Note : What were they thinking?!? That we forgot what happened the first time?!? I mean, it was not as bad as the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle but still pretty horrendous. In itself it is quite a weird achievement but not if you want to built a succesful movie franchise...
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37. Dragonball: Evolution (2009)


Note : I was a big fan of the cartoon (Dragon ball, not Dragon Ball Z) so I eventually saw this one just out of sheer curiosity but it was so bad... It seems to be a typical example of "how-to-destroy-a-potential-movie-franchise-and-piss-off-fans-all-over-the-world"...
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People who added this item 351  Average listal rating (243 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.1 
38. Solomon Kane (2009)


Note : Do you know what is worst than 'Van Helsing' ? A cheap ass version of 'Van Helsing! The makers intended to make two further Solomon Kane movies to complete a planned trilogy, one set primarily in Africa and the other at least partially in colonial North America but guess what?!? It never happened...
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People who added this item 1660  Average listal rating (1068 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
39. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)


Note : This is such a Pirates of the Carribean-wannabe... Jake Gyllenhaal is a very nice actor and tries very hard but he is no Johnny Depp and the story is rather convoluted. It could have worked but just did not. No sequel this time, Mr Bruckheimer !
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People who added this item 1622  Average listal rating (1045 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
40. Salt (2010)


Note : Ok, it wasn't the worst movie in 2010 but, for me, it was definitely the biggest disappointment. At the end, which is completely preposterous like the rest of the movie, there is a nice open ending pointing to an obvious sequel which hopefully will never be made...

UPDATE : A sequel has been recently announced on IMDB so this entry might be removed in the future.
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People who added this item 955  Average listal rating (592 ratings) 4.5  IMDB Rating 4.4 
41. The Last Airbender (2010)


Note : Not so long ago, a movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan was patiently awaited by movie fans around the world. Those movies were... good ! Seriously ! Now, all his movies are awaited with dread (What will be the next turkey ?!?). With The Last Airbender, he was going towards a complete new direction and we hoped for the best... But unfortunately, Shyamalan decided now to destroy kids dreams aswell. Luckily, we won't be able to follow Aang adventures anytime soon...
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People who added this item 493  Average listal rating (319 ratings) 4.6  IMDB Rating 4.6 
42. Jonah Hex (2010)


Note : Even though Megan Fox had some success with another franchise involving some loud robots, she didn't manage to make this become another comi-book franchise. It is even considered one of the worst movies released in 2010.

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43. I Am Number Four (2011)


Note : It reminds me of 'Push', another similar failed attempt to create a franchise around some teenagers with some super-powers, in the sense that the makers managed to create an interesting world but instead of exploring the implications of such a chaotic world, they just chickened out and made it as bland as possible to make sure that the average audience wouldn't be challenged during one single minute while watching this. Anyway, in spite of a nice open ending, there is no plan for a sequel.
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People who added this item 1145  Average listal rating (735 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.7 
44. Green Lantern (2011)


Note : I thought there was some good stuff in this super-hero flick but it was a huge flop and barely made any money. Strangely, they announced right away they would make a sequel. But now, we are almost 1 year later and absolutely nobody is attached to this movie so I won't think it will be made anytime soon.
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45. Conan the Barbarian (2011)


Note : On one hand, to reboot such an iconic character doesn't seem to be a bad idea. But, on the other hand, how can you replace the Allmigthy Arnold Schwarzenegger?!? Of course, it is not possible and we won't hear from Conan for a couple of decades again.
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People who added this item 1696  Average listal rating (1034 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
46. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


Note : First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed this flick (even though I do think that the Swedish version was better). It was even one of my favorite movies that came out in 2011. Still, at this point, it is pretty obvious that part 2 and 3 won't be made and, as a result, as a franchise, it is a failure.
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People who added this item 755  Average listal rating (489 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
47. John Carter (2012)


Note : Even though I thought it was not bad at all, this flick was a huge flop. Disney notoriously spent around $250m and I hope for them they will get there money back. Eventually, they made some plans to make some sequels but I don't think they will go through it.
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48. Prometheus (2012)


Note : I'm pretty sure that many people will hate me for putting this movie on this list... First of all, even though it was nothing really mindblowing, I really enjoyed it. But at this point, it has been released already for a few months and I don't hear anything about a sequel (check IMDB...) which is never a good sign. In my opinion, they won't make any sequel. I may be wrong but we'll see...

UPDATE : The sequel has finally been announced but I still don't believe it will be made.
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49. World War Z (2013)


Notes: I know, I know... This movie has just been released but I simply don't see the sequel coming out anytime soon. Indeed, the whole thing was just way out of budget and way out of control. The producers must feel lucky that they managed to cut their losses and since Brad Pitt barely does any blockbuster at all nowadays and I don't see him coming back for a second installment since it went so bad the first time around.
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50. The Lone Ranger (2013)


Notes: Even better... I haven't even seen this one yet and it has been released for only 3 days(!) but I'm already scratching any plan for a sequel. For a huge production like this one, it is pretty simple, in the first week-end, it has to be a massive success, otherwise, you can simply forget it. It terribly underperformed in its first week-end and if you take into account the really low ratings on IMDB, I'm pretty sure you can forget any hope for a sequel.
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Sometimes, you can see right away if the producers-investors-bankers hope they will score a new franchise. But they are not always succesfull...

If you want some more, check this list: Failed movie franchises part 2 ~ by AVPGuyver21

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Oct 21 7:22
Wasn't there yet another "Punisher" film that released around '97 or '98? Maybe I'm wrong.
Anyway great list!
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Oct 21 7:24
It could be possible but I never heard of it.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 29 15:41
haha the punisher is haunting xDD I wonder how many times they're gonna try o.O
Well brilliant notes and brilliant list :)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Nov 15 4:58
Saw the first Punisher & it was as awful as you'd expect a movie that went straight to video would be. As a result, I have no urge to see the newer ones. It's kinda sad they can't make a decent movie out of that character, especially considering the Punisher comics I read in the early 90s were very well-written. Ah well.

And as for Eragon & The Golden Compass, those who enjoyed the movies can go read each series of books if they want more.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 6 5:24
Remo Williams and the 1st and 3rd Punisher flicks are awesome. Good list.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 8 19:09
how about howard the duck?
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 9 15:08
howard the duck has been added !
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 10 4:46
yvw johnlefourbe.......tank girl was pretty bad too. just my opinon.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 10 10:56
I'm not so sure if Tank Girl fits in this list... If I keep this trend, slowly, the list will have nothing to do with failed franchises but will deal actually with bad movies...
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 24 9:49
A BRAVO List Indeed!

But Hey, The Hulk Was Worth It... And Sahara Was The PITS!

Love The Description, "How Dare They Compare Matthew With The Great Harrison Ford?".... See? Hollywood Is Going Wacko Nowadays!

What Next? Justin Bieber The Next James Bond.... This I Gotta See!!
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Mar 5 17:08
all in this list it true
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jul 10 14:39
Hulk will be in the Avengers. Several of others on here are also getting sequels.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jul 10 16:34
@Film Ninja, "The Avengers" is NOT a sequel to "Hulk" or "The Incredible Hulk". It's like saying it is sequel to "Iron Man".... Maybe some of them like "Jumper" have some sequels in development (but definitely not green lighted) but I personally believe those sequels won't ever be made. But if I'm wrong, of course, they will be removed from this list
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 21 5:31
The Incredible Hulk? Seriously?
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 21 6:43
With the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones should be on here now.
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 21 8:03
I've seen the first punisher movie, and it is by far the best of the franchise(?)
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 21 10:35
I didnt watch most of these movies, but i loved to read your comments! great list! :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 21 12:10
@Alex, I'm not sure if I get your comment... I mean 'The incredible Hulk' is a failed franchise in the sense that even before the first movie was released, they made some plan for a sequel (they always do) but since the movie wasn't succesfull enough, they cancelled the sequel, that's why it is on this list.

@Abhi, even though the 4th was pretty average, the Indiana Jones franchise is one of the most successful movie franchises ever made so it definitely doesn't belong on this list.

@silent killer, each of 'The Punisher' movies are a new reboot so together they don't make a franchise (same for the Hulk).
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Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 22 1:39
Actually,you should see Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, it's a pretty good film.

Can you add, Buckaroo Banzai and Jaws, too? Please and Thanks.
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 22 2:31
Buckaroo Banzai pwnz!
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 22 5:36
The incredible hulk is a tie in to the Avengers movie Universe, and there was another street fighter movie made in the 80's-90's era. and believe me it is just as craptastic
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 22 7:10
@Jamie, 'Jaws' doesn't belong to this list. Like Indiana Jones, it is in fact a very succesfull franchise. This list is not about failed sequels but about failed franchises.

I will check 'Buckaroo Banzai.

@truewolf, the fact that 'The incredible hulk' belongs to the Avengers universe doesn't change the fact that they made some plan for a sequel but since the movie wasn't succesfull enough, they cancelled the sequel and that's why it is on this list.

Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 22 21:25
I suggest, the Limney Snickett serires, off hand as well.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Nov 18 8:10
The Shadow was ok but failed in comparison to the popular radio serial.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Nov 21 4:13
I thought Remo Williams was pretty good. True, Fred Ward is no Harrison Ford, but who is? The little guy who plays his Zen Master is actually Joel Grey in oriental makeup.

Howard The Duck was just awful. I can think of no redeeming qualities except maybe Jeffery Jones' usual sleazy character in a supporting role.

The Mario Bros was a very convoluted story, but how else can you explain the parallel universe with King Koopa, Princess Daisy, and the rest. I didn't really expect this would be a franchise.

I didn't think The Shadow was too bad. I do admit it was not as good as the old radio show on which it was based and I couldn't see it as a franchise, either.

I thought there were more than one Spawn movies made. I didn't see it, so I can't comment on it.

I found Godzilla boring. The only good part was Led Zepplin blasting out Kasmir in surround sound.

I refuse to watch Wild Wild West.

I agree the Hulk was a pretty useless superhero. You can only watch him get pissed and go on a rampage so many times before it gets dull. I admit that I do enjoy the old TV reruns for their un-intentionally funny campiness.



Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Dec 19 17:45
You do realize that both The golden compass and Eragon are based on a series of books that Do have endings? And are way better than the crap they made it into?
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Dec 19 18:11
@Drabrire, I do realize that your comment doesn't have much to do with this list. The point is to display some movies which were supposed to be followed by at least a sequel but it never happened hence the title of this list. The fact that those movies are adapted from successful book franchises is not really relevant here.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 23 13:26
Seeing as Conan the Barbarian were such a failure, I decided to link to this list from here: http://www.listal.com/list/2011-films-worst-10
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Mar 14 4:50
Great list. But one mistake, Jumper only made 80 million in the US.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Mar 14 6:13
@Only_Sony, indeed, my bad! It has been updated.
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Apr 23 3:31
My suggestion? "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane"
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Apr 23 5:14
@starship386, I'm not sure if 'Ford Fairlane' was supposed to be a franchise. I will check this though.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 5:20
Hulk: Yeah! That's awesome!!
The Incredible Hulk: Noooo..
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 9:03
Some of these moves are not total disasters but they all failed to launch a series of films. I thought that was the point of the list not if the movie itself was any good. You can add " Doc Savage The Man Of Bronze" to your list. I like the movie but it was a failure and didn't launch a series.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 9:22
@blackknight99, Indeed, some of those movies weren't total disasters but didn't manage to get any sequels which was obviously the purpose. I will check 'Doc Savage The Man Of Bronze' and maybe add it some point.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 11:20
Sorry. I was commenting on some of the comments not the list itself. A few of the comments seemed to miss the point of your list. I see you added Doc Savage. Glad you liked my suggestion.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 11:46
@blackknight99, I think the comments are quite straightforward but you wrote 'a few of the comments seemed to miss the point of your list'. Which one then ?
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Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 26 5:08
Great list, though might I suggest the addition of Treasure Planet? It was originally going to have a couple sequels, but flopped at box office big time (though I thought it was pretty good).
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 26 5:10
@Joshua 'LF', which 'Treasure Island'? The animated version by Disney?
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Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 2:28
Other failed franchises include:

Dick Tracy (1990)
The Phantom (1996)
The Avengers (1998)
Mystery Men (1999)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Thunderbirds (2004)
The Seeker (2007)
Speed Racer (2008)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
Jonah Hex (2010)
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 5:04
@Leo, I will have a look at those when I have the time.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 7:40
I don't know whether it's eligible or not but what about Fantastic Four?
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 8:12
@Happy Vader, of course it is not eligible since they made a sequel afterwards called '4: Rise of the Silver Surfer'. All the movies on this list would have got a sequel if they didn't flop. Even though 'Fantastic Four' was pretty average, it did manage to get a sequel.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 8:30
OK, all right, no sequels... got it!

Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 27 10:59
@Leo,

- Dick Tracy : I don't agree with this entry. It was a financial success (as a matter of fact, the highest-grossing film of Warren Beatty's career) and it won 3 oscars. I'm not sure it was really meant to be franchise.
- Mystery men : I don't think it was ever meant to be a franchise.
- Thunderbirds : the production didn't go well on this one, no franchise potential.
- Speed Racer : that's a tricky one. Maybe it was supposed to be a franchise, maybe not. I have to think about this one.
- The Spiderwick Chronicles : it wasn't supposed to be a franchise since the movie included all (or most of) the five novels in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

The rest has been added.
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Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Aug 5 18:14
Great list, as always!
Posted: 2 years ago at Aug 28 5:51
They just announced a sequel to Prometheus not too while ago.
Posted: 2 years ago at Aug 28 7:33
@AVPGuyver21, indeed, it has been announced but I still don't believe it will be made.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 4 6:58
You should have added Lost in Space on the list.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 4 7:10
@AVPGuyver21, 'Lost in Space' is good idea maybe I will add it.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 5 19:14
I think Doom should be on the list. They even talked about a sequel until they drop the idea.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 6 5:08
@AVPGuyver21, maybe I will add it at some point.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 9 0:21
Fantastic list! Your entries made me realize that film makers have no idea how to create a Punisher film, somehow. If I had to pitch it would be something similar to the eerie feel of Taxi Driver. Frank Castle is disgusted with himself, the city, and world. The stench of the city just repulses him. He just wants to make it right. Being former Spec Ops, he does it the only way how he knows. Actually, I would probably be better off as a TV series.

Anyway, sorry for my long-windedness.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 12 3:29
Other failed franchises should be worth listing down:

Flash Gordon (1980)
Captain America (1990)
Double Dragon (1994)
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Kull the Conqueror (1997)
Steel (1997)
Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)
Wing Commander (1999)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
The Cat in the Hat (2003) - A sequel based on The Cat in the Hat Comes Back was planned at one point.
House of the Dead (2003)
Catwoman (2004)
Constantine (2005)
Hitman (2007)
Max Payne (2008)
The Spirit (2008)
Tekken (2010)
The Green Hornet (2011)
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Battleship (2012)
Dredd 3D (2012)
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Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 12 5:23
@AVPGuyver21, maybe when I have the time, I will check your list.
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 17 17:44
Great list! I agree with most everything on here that I've actually heard of. I have a few comments on a few items on here.

I can answer your question about the Shadow. The Shadow was a comic book hero back before tv become the dominant source for story-telling, and had a fairly extensive radio program. if you're into old radio programs, I'd definitely recommend it. As a movie, however, I've never seen it and can't imagine it would translate too well.

Spawn had great potential, though as you mention, the chosen actor was poor. I'd love to see a reboot of this one with a good casting.

The Hulk, well, I find your explanation interesting, but I think the movies lacked something from the original shows that so many people were fans of. What that is I don't know I can explain, but perhaps it's because like so many other movies today, it focuses too much on the action and special affects, and too little on character and the story being told. Or perhaps it also has to do with his aimless anger as well. In the original, when the Hulk became angry, his anger had a purpose and direction. It was not mindless destruction.

Eragon, in my opinion, was a typical book to movie failure that so many other examples illustrate. All books, however great they may be, have to be funneled into the Hollywood formula, and often much is cut and bizarre things added to make it fit the formula. This movie was no exception, and in this case, too much was cut from the book for the story to feel complete. I won't say a movie has to follow the story from the book completely, but the timeline and passage of time felt too compressed in this film to work very well. Too much was left out.

I was disappointed with the Green Lantern. It has so much potential, I hope it will get a second reboot with some one who can make it a successful franchise.

Conan...I was speechless they made it. What were they thinking? Perhaps on this note, you can add the reboot of Karate Kid to the list. Absolutely horrible remake that did not in the least capture what made the original so timeless.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 30 2:21
I think Dredd (2012) should be on the list. I don't think sequels are going to happen anytime soon.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 4 19:10
You going to update this list again someday?
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 5 6:58
@AVPGuyver21, I really don't feel like updating this list at this moment (lack of time, lack of interest...). Why don't you create your own list called 'Failed movie franchises Part 2' ? You have my blessings.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 6 2:13
Not a bad idea. I might do it in the near future.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 9 4:26
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 30 0:17
Good list,
got to admit I liked Hulk and Wild Wild West ;o
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Dec 24 3:06
I had no idea they were planning a franchise for "The Shadow". I'm one of a very few who loved the movie. I also loved "Van Helsing" and "The Avengers" (based on the british TV show which I also love). One of the reasons why they do put out the one movie is to see if it is worth a franchise. The movie franchises that have been successful, the only one I enjoy is the James Bond one.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Apr 10 2:39
actually there was a sequel to House of the Dead and it was a flop as much as the first
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jul 6 3:41
I bet the WWZ sequel will be the I Am Legend sequel. They will talk about it but it will never happen.
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Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jul 8 20:07
Now that you have updated your list, will you add Rise of the Guardians, Beautiful Creatures and The Host on there since they have all struggled at the box office.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jul 8 21:04
I'm not surprise that The Lone Ranger bombed. After all, the same thing happened 32 years ago with The Legend of the Lone Ranger.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jul 9 5:00
@Leo, I have just added those two movies because they were pretty some huge blockbusters. I don't feel like adding tons of other movies on this list.
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Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Aug 12 18:04
@Petri, even though it made some money, the production was a huge mess and I don't think any of the big players involved would want to go down this road again but we'll see.

By the way, I have just read the linked article you provided and the writer definitely share my point of view.
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Aug 12 19:03
@johanlefourbe Okay, I haven't paid that much attention to it. My bet is that there will be a sequel because it's quite big success, well Brad Pitt's biggest in the terms of box office, and Hollywood makes so many sequels nowadays, but like you said we'll see.
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Apr 16 4:58
Prometheus 2 is set for a March 4, 2016 release date. It looks like it's happening now.
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Apr 16 5:13
@AVPGuyver21, there is not even a director attached yet so I have still my doubts. It was the same thing about 'Salt', 'The Girl with the dragon tattoo' or even 'Jumper' and in all these cases, no sequel was eventually produced.
Posted: 1 month ago at Aug 16 18:05
Punisher: War Zone is actually really good if it is not taken too seriously. Too bad it failed.

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