(Photo by 20th Century Fox. Thumbnail: Netflix/courtesy Everett Collection.)

The Worst Superhero Movies of All Time

Great leaping tomatoes! It’s the worst superhero movies ever, an infamous league of Rotten films that scored less than 30% on the Tomatometer!

First off, to keep this list spandex-tight, not only did we include superhero movies below 30%, but each had to have at least 20 reviews, guaranteeing enough critics witnessed of these erratic efforts, franchise non-starters, and would-be blockbusters.

After looking through the list, if you’re wondering why you didn’t see the 1990 Captain America movie, a bunch of those sequels to The Crow, or Dolph Lundgren’s The Punisher, they were cut out by not accumulating at least 20 critics reviews. But, don’t worry, still plenty of room for Frank in this castle of decrepitude, as the other two Punisher movies, the Thomas Jane one and War Zone, are represented. In fact, they both even currently have the same score at 29%, just squeezing into the list. And while most Audience Scores are in the same realm as its movie’s Tomatometer, there’s a divergence on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Dark Phoenix: Both Rotten movies according to the critics, but which settled above 60% on the Audience Score.

Nic Cage appears twice on this list because they made two Ghost Rider movies. Ryan Reynolds also shows up twice but in two separate franchises, mucking it up in both houses of Marvel and DC via Blade: Trinity and Green Lantern. And because who doesn’t like a comic book showdown, in the battle of Marvel vs DC over who’s made the most worst superhero movies, Marvel is “triumphant” with 10 listings, and DC at 9. We didn’t count The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the movie so bad it made Sean Connery quit acting, because though it was at the time produced at an imprint of an imprint of DC Comics (it’s imprint-ception, people), the comic was always wholly owned by its creator Alan Moore.

Of course, let’s not count out other labels making special appearances, like 2000 A.D. (Judge Dredd) or Image (Spawn). Then there’s the magic that happens when when Hollywood executives come together to create something that didn’t come from a comic book, with sparkling results like Tim Allen’s Zoom, an adaptation of TV cartoon Underdog, and the toy-based Max Steel.

One last thing: For movies with the same Tomatometer scores, whichever had more reviews was placed higher. Now, come take a flying leap as we rank the worst superhero movies of all time!

(And see a movie here you love and think ‘Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong’? Send us a note and we might cover your movie in our new podcast. Hit us up at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.)

#30
Adjusted Score: 49493%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#29

Ghost Rider (2007)
26%

#29
Adjusted Score: 31040%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Rider is a sour mix of morose, glum histrionics amidst jokey puns and hammy dialogue.
Synopsis: Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved one. Now,... [More]
Directed By: Mark Steven Johnson

#28

Green Lantern (2011)
26%

#28
Adjusted Score: 35496%
Critics Consensus: Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology.
Synopsis: Sworn to preserve intergalactic order, the Green Lantern Corps has existed for centuries. Its newest recruit, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds),... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#27

Suicide Squad (2016)
26%

#27
Adjusted Score: 44971%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Synopsis: Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#26

Blade: Trinity (2004)
25%

#26
Adjusted Score: 30160%
Critics Consensus: Louder, campier, and more incoherent than its predecessors, Blade: Trinity seems content to emphasize style over substance and rehash familiar themes.
Synopsis: The war between humans and vampires continues, but the humans' best hope, human-vampire hybrid warrior Blade (Wesley Snipes), has been... [More]
Directed By: David S. Goyer

#25

Bulletproof Monk (2003)
23%

#25
Adjusted Score: 27079%
Critics Consensus: Venerable action star Chow Yun-Fat is the only saving grace in this silly action flick that more often than not resembles a commercial in style.
Synopsis: For 60 years, a mysterious monk with no name (Chow Yun-Fat) has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll... [More]
Directed By: Paul Hunter

#24
Adjusted Score: 23567%
Critics Consensus: It's a case of one sequel too many for the heroes in a half shell, with a tired time-travel plot gimmick failing to save the franchise from rapidly diminishing returns.
Synopsis: Reporter April O'Neil (Paige Turco) purchases an ancient Japanese scepter that can cause those simultaneously holding it in different centuries... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Gillard

#23

Dark Phoenix (2019)
22%

#23
Adjusted Score: 41494%
Critics Consensus: Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc -- with deeply disappointing results.
Synopsis: The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out... [More]
Directed By: Simon Kinberg

#22

Judge Dredd (1995)
22%

#22
Adjusted Score: 24792%
Critics Consensus: Judge Dredd wants to be both a legitimate violent action flick and a parody of one, but director Danny Cannon fails to find the necessary balance to make it work.
Synopsis: In the crime-plagued future, the only thing standing between order and chaos is Judge Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone). His duty:... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#21

Thunder Force (2021)
21%

#21
Adjusted Score: 28619%
Critics Consensus: It's got a few chuckles, but Thunder Force is largely a superhero comedy that's neither exciting nor funny -- and an egregious waste of its co-stars' talents.
Synopsis: Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people... [More]
Starring: Pom Klementieff
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#20
Adjusted Score: 27639%
Critics Consensus: Neither entertaining enough to recommend nor remarkably awful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.
Synopsis: Spawned from a lab experiment gone awry, teenage terrapins Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael live in the sewers beneath New... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman

#19
Adjusted Score: 21710%
Critics Consensus: With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony it's no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash.
Synopsis: Now hiding out in Eastern Europe, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is still struggling with the curse of the Ghost Rider... [More]

#18

Spawn (1997)
17%

#18
Adjusted Score: 19765%
Critics Consensus: Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.
Synopsis: Covert government assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is killed after being double-crossed by his boss, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen).... [More]
Directed By: Mark A.Z. Dippé

#17
Adjusted Score: 23116%
Critics Consensus: Just ordinary. LXG is a great premise ruined by poor execution.
Synopsis: A team of extraordinary figures culled from great adventure literature (including Alan Quatermain, vampiress Mina Harker from Dracula, the Invisible... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Norrington

#16

Underdog (2007)
16%

#16
Adjusted Score: 16998%
Critics Consensus: Underdog is a mostly forgettable adaptation that relies far too heavily on recycled material and sloppy production.
Synopsis: After a lab accident gives him extraordinary powers, including the ability to speak, a canine (Jason Lee) declares himself the... [More]
Directed By: Frederik Du Chau

#15
Adjusted Score: 15636%
Critics Consensus: No no, Power Rangers.
Synopsis: The young superheroes square off against an evil villainess who plots to free a fiery monster from its volcano cage.... [More]
Directed By: Shuki Levy, David Winning

#14

The Spirit (2008)
14%

#14
Adjusted Score: 17488%
Critics Consensus: Though its visuals are unique, The Spirit's plot is almost incomprehensible, the dialogue is ludicrously mannered, and the characters are unmemorable.
Synopsis: Apparently murdered cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) returns as the Spirit, dedicated to protecting Central City from crime. His archenemy,... [More]
Directed By: Frank Miller

#13

Howard the Duck (1986)
14%

#13
Adjusted Score: 22121%
Critics Consensus: While it has its moments, Howard the Duck suffers from an uneven tone and mediocre performances.
Synopsis: In this film based on the comic book character, Howard the Duck is suddenly beamed from Duckworld, a planet of... [More]
Directed By: Willard Huyck

#12

Steel (1997)
12%

#12
Adjusted Score: 12130%
Critics Consensus: Steel is a badly-acted movie that indulges not only in superhero cliches, but also the sappy TV-movie-of-the-week ones.
Synopsis: Former Army scientists (Shaquille O'Neal, Annabeth Gish), one in a steel suit, team up in Los Angeles against another (Judd... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Johnson

#11

Batman & Robin (1997)
12%

#11
Adjusted Score: 17609%
Critics Consensus: Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for.
Synopsis: This superhero adventure finds Batman (George Clooney) and his partner, Robin (Chris O'Donnell), attempting to the foil the sinister schemes... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#10

Jonah Hex (2010)
12%

#10
Adjusted Score: 16111%
Critics Consensus: Josh Brolin gives it his best shot, but he can't keep the short, unfocused Jonah Hex from collapsing on the screen.
Synopsis: Having cheated death, gunslinger and bounty hunter Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) has one foot in the natural world and one... [More]
Directed By: Jimmy Hayward

#9
Adjusted Score: 14099%
Critics Consensus: The Superman series bottoms out here: the action is boring, the special effects look cheaper, and none of the actors appear interested in where the plot's going.
Synopsis: Seeing the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a nuclear arms race that could lead to Earth's destruction,... [More]
Directed By: Sidney J. Furie

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 12778%
Critics Consensus: The Crow: City of Angels is a sloppy pretender that captures neither the mood nor energy of the original.
Synopsis: After mechanic Ashe (Vincent Perez) and his son (Eric Acosta) witness a murder, they are captured and killed by drug... [More]
Directed By: Tim Pope

#7

Elektra (2005)
11%

#7
Adjusted Score: 15991%
Critics Consensus: Jennifer Garner inhabits her role with earnest gusto, but Elektra's tone deaf script is too self-serious and bereft of intelligent dialogue to provide engaging thrills.
Synopsis: Assassin-for-hire Elektra (Jennifer Garner) works for a mysterious international organization known as the Hand, for which she kills her targets... [More]
Directed By: Rob Bowman

#6

Supergirl (1984)
9%

#6
Adjusted Score: 10783%
Critics Consensus: The effects are cheesy and Supergirl's wide-eyed, cheery heroine simply isn't interesting to watch for an hour and a half.
Synopsis: Kara (Helen Slater) of Argo City poses as Clark Kent's cousin, Linda Lee, to recover the Omegahedron from a witch... [More]
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

#5

Catwoman (2004)
9%

#5
Adjusted Score: 14272%
Critics Consensus: Halle Berry is the lone bright spot, but even she can't save this laughable action thriller.
Synopsis: "Catwoman" is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips (Halle Berry), a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing... [More]
Directed By: Pitof

#4

Fantastic Four (2015)
9%

#4
Adjusted Score: 20229%
Critics Consensus: Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great.
Synopsis: Transported to an alternate universe, four young outsiders gain superhuman powers as they alter their physical form in shocking ways.... [More]
Directed By: Josh Trank

#3

Son of the Mask (2005)
6%

#3
Adjusted Score: 8428%
Critics Consensus: Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.
Synopsis: A cartoonist and family man, Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) lives a peaceful existence with his wife, Tonya (Traylor Howard), as... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Guterman

#2

Zoom (2006)
4%

#2
Adjusted Score: 5983%
Critics Consensus: Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair.
Synopsis: Capt. Zoom, or Jack (Tim Allen), as he is now known, has long since given up his career of fighting... [More]
Directed By: Peter Hewitt

#1

Max Steel (2016)
0%

#1
Adjusted Score: 84%
Critics Consensus: Bereft of characterization or even satisfying rock 'em sock 'em, Max Steel feels like futzing with an action figure without any childhood imagination.
Synopsis: Teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) discovers that his body can generate the most powerful energy in the universe. Steel (Josh... [More]
Directed By: Stewart Hendler

Tag Cloud

comic book movies Marvel Studios Oscars New York Comic Con First Look Best and Worst politics 45 jurassic park Mudbound ABC Signature Comics on TV Cartoon Network hispanic heritage month Captain marvel boxing Film Festival Kids & Family romance spider-verse doctor who Baby Yoda south america emmy awards screen actors guild comic books OneApp all-time werewolf canceled TV shows golden globe awards spain a nightmare on elm street slasher young adult crime drama supernatural disaster Esquire Instagram Live Comic Book natural history crime international canceled women rotten game of thrones chucky HBO Go Chilling Adventures of Sabrina new york The Arrangement series remakes political drama Ellie Kemper Black Mirror Amazon Prime A24 cats Epix documentaries Creative Arts Emmys mob blaxploitation Exclusive Video E3 TNT zero dark thirty superhero action-comedy Sundance cancelled TV series ViacomCBS Fantasy National Geographic critic resources transformers USA Network GLAAD Extras Masterpiece Marathons Rocketman animated Character Guide Amazon 2018 twilight breaking bad LGBTQ BBC docuseries universal monsters DGA Disney The Witch finale new zealand medical drama rom-coms 93rd Oscars dc aapi hidden camera Nat Geo Sneak Peek Pride Month ABC Apple TV Plus 2019 award winner police drama Rocky Paramount stand-up comedy Netflix Acorn TV SDCC YouTube Red cancelled zombies streaming Black History Month talk show biography rt labs comedies spanish language 24 frames GoT Discovery Channel FXX Writers Guild of America Sci-Fi Tomatazos WarnerMedia blockbusters target Elton John AMC strong female leads Fox Searchlight LGBT Certified Fresh Countdown PBS historical drama mockumentary Universal king arthur HBO Max Valentine's Day foreign Funimation TV Land science fiction Lionsgate rotten movies we love worst movies YouTube Premium comic book movie Amazon Prime Video indie black comedy justice league french reviews The Academy Toys vs. adenture Turner NBA independent Starz X-Men Year in Review Travel Channel obituary Marvel Stephen King franchise Super Bowl Netflix Christmas movies APB Adult Swim Women's History Month CW Seed docudrama football deadpool Watching Series First Reviews japan Tarantino Music Syfy movie Western Biopics IMDb TV Hallmark Christmas movies Red Carpet Opinion social media Walt Disney Pictures cancelled television Holiday cancelled TV shows GIFs Disney Channel aliens TV renewals A&E 2015 21st Century Fox casting Trophy Talk nbcuniversal Musicals OWN 2021 Box Office TV war dreamworks FOX Apple TV+ Paramount Network YouTube Spectrum Originals cooking VOD basketball Comedy sports Hallmark Academy Awards cars hispanic spider-man adventure RT21 ITV sequels Wes Anderson Schedule TCA TIFF classics gangster marvel cinematic universe cartoon renewed TV shows Cannes Rock telelvision technology VH1 Podcast thriller heist movie Crackle Warner Bros. Legendary ESPN Family festivals TCA Winter 2020 1990s 4/20 Trailer mission: impossible Winners feel good die hard teaser toy story ghosts Television Academy dark Mary Tyler Moore batman IFC kids Freeform ABC Family 2020 Reality TCA Awards cults vampires DC Universe BET Nominations halloween tv Awards scary movies mutant latino olympics Cosplay Endgame festival black Mary Poppins Returns Nickelodeon sequel Ghostbusters singing competition james bond golden globes Fox News Broadway Interview Quiz 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Holidays Lifetime video Infographic marvel comics stoner films Arrowverse Chernobyl slashers versus facebook best discovery blockbuster scorecard theme song Alien nfl comics Sundance TV suspense rt archives HBO Mary poppins concert Star Wars spy thriller video on demand Mindy Kaling Crunchyroll kaiju Disney streaming service Peacock critics Tubi BAFTA Teen wonder woman cops dramedy Disney Plus ID asian-american 71st Emmy Awards parents revenge period drama prank Trivia DC streaming service VICE boxoffice 90s Thanksgiving space BBC One laika Tumblr indiana jones movies pirates of the caribbean child's play TV One 2017 Fall TV PaleyFest FX sag awards Image Comics The CW MCU fresh sopranos know your critic superman psychological thriller debate Shudder 72 Emmy Awards Shondaland NBC italian streaming movies Logo comic TV movies psycho See It Skip It Columbia Pictures MTV The Walking Dead Marvel Television Tokyo Olympics WGN Universal Pictures stop motion CNN television Calendar reboot binge Television Critics Association travel Emmys book adaptation serial killer Animation directors TLC Lucasfilm Election BET Awards SXSW romantic comedy art house comiccon Grammys venice Comic-Con@Home 2021 FX on Hulu PlayStation Paramount Plus Spring TV San Diego Comic-Con TruTV History Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt unscripted satire kong USA CBS Hear Us Out japanese DC Comics saw cinemax Ovation australia jamie lee curtis scary 73rd Emmy Awards BBC America true crime Pop TV IFC Films YA quibi Set visit Amazon Studios AMC Plus new star wars movies hist TBS El Rey children's TV elevated horror Brie Larson nature Pacific Islander Awards Tour dceu Film zombie high school RT History Polls and Games rt labs critics edition anime royal family lord of the rings dogs Song of Ice and Fire Musical Neflix Summer genre Country miniseries Pixar scene in color anthology dragons 007 mcc what to watch hollywood 20th Century Fox free movies Sundance Now razzies American Society of Cinematographers christmas movies harry potter ratings legend Disney+ Disney Plus halloween documentary Action Drama trailers SundanceTV Dark Horse Comics adaptation Video Games green book fast and furious archives Food Network NYCC Reality Competition live event Pet Sematary Superheroes Star Trek Avengers Britbox Anna Paquin diversity news sitcom 99% posters Pop Spike Martial Arts CBS All Access E! toronto book Classic Film tv talk biopic spanish 2016 The Purge dexter composers Christmas screenings Premiere Dates Rom-Com spinoff game show Emmy Nominations The Walt Disney Company criterion joker Lifetime Christmas movies witnail crime thriller Showtime Mystery CMT Winter TV king kong MSNBC DirecTV richard e. Grant TCM name the review based on movie live action worst Hulu robots godzilla Horror Apple Heroines monster movies Bravo popular Comedy Central Pirates Turner Classic Movies crossover TCA 2017 Binge Guide Sony Pictures Vudu Photos Superheroe President