Those involved in this film’s creation insisted that it took a more sophisticated and darker angle than the classic narrative. Well, the public sure didn’t find anything spectacular about the reboot. Although it was released at the end of 2018, it still managed to secure a top spot as one of the biggest flops of the year.
Not even a huge name like the Academy-Award-winning actor, Jamie Foxx, was able to save this film. Robin Hood was nominated for three(!) Golden Raspberry Awards, including “awards” for Worst Remake and Work Picture. Movie critics even went as far as calling it a “wasting of the cast”. Ouch. Hopefully, we don’t see any more modern twists to Robin Hood this year, next year, or better yet, the next decade.
The Hitcher (2007)
Redoing the 1986 Hitcher sounds like professional suicide. The iconic film practically made Rutger Hauer’s career. Sean Bean probably only accepted this post-"Lord of the Rings" because he was just bored at home waiting for a call.
The film solely relied on tacky and gory tricks rather than actual plot-based terror.
Superman Returns (2006)
Comic book fans had high expectations following the announcement of Brandon Routh’s role as Clark Kent in 2006's "Superman Returns." Routh undoubtedly had the right look, even described by some as similar to a young Christopher Reeve. He’d already appeared in several TV shows, too, and so the bar was set higher than ever.
As it turns out, it was the perfect recipe... for destruction. Routh’s acting appeared stilted and stiff; though, to be fair, it was not as bad as some put it. The movie itself made decent returns at the box office, and a Saturn Award was given to Routh for his role. However, the fans wouldn’t have any of it, seething with disappointment, albeit perhaps unfairly. Call us "super"-stitous, but maybe filmmakers should stop trying to reboot Superman.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
"Conan the Barbarian," a remake of the 1982 cult film of a fictional hero could not get a new generation of viewers on board. Another problem was that while star Jason Momoa had the physique to match that of Arnold Schwarzenegger's original 1982 portrayal, it was as if he was walking with muddy boots on holy grounds.
Schwarzenegger, along with the thick Austrian he still had back then, had become synonymous with the role, and Momoa's portrayal of Conan was nothing less than blasphemous to the fans of the 1982 classic.
Power Rangers (2017)
The "Power Rangers" were incredibly popular both as a 90s TV show and as a 90s phenomenon. In this film version, it’s a gang of misfit teenagers who save the world. High schoolers meeting in detention, these unlikely superheroes are so inclusive they include an autistic and an LGBTQ superhero. The critics were in favor of the cast starring Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, and Becky G. But when it came to the directing and editing, ...not really.
Opening up against "Guardians of the Galaxy," turnout for "Power Rangers" at the box office was thwarted and doomed. In fact, it brought in only $1.2 million on its first day. "Power Rangers," the 2017 movie, lost 76 million dollars. Another complaint was its crude humor and incessant product placements. With a production budget of $100 million dollars and gross sales at $142.3, it’s an official flop.