“Howard the Duck” is based on Marvel Comics’ bird-superhero. It already sounds bad, but it was miracle franchise maker George Lucas who was the executive producer.
Alas, “Howard the Duck” would not come close to either “Star Wars” or “Indiana Jones.” Instead, it won four Razzie Awards and was nominated for seven. It flopped at the box office and was panned resoundingly. The performances and the humor were raunchy, as well as Howard’s appearance. Originally it was to be an animated film; they should’ve stuck with that.
The 2004 “Catwoman” movie is one of the worst comic superhero movies ever made. It’s a pity, too, because Catwoman is a thrilling feline femme fatale, and she deserved a better film.
So, what went wrong? Pretty much everything. The script, the story, and its insistence to keep only a vague resemblance to the DC Comics original drags. “Catwoman” down. It’s not Halle Berry’s fault. She is stunning in an otherwise dull superhero movie.
“Inspector Gadget” was a clever and entertaining 1983 animated television series. And then, Disney decided to do a remake starring Matthew Broderick.
The biggest problem was that while Matthew Broderick delivers the zaniness of the Inspector, he overdoes it. The movie is tedious and shrill. The plot is simple and predictable. The gadgetry, which at first was charming and fun, became increasingly dull.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie is action hero Lara Croft, an archeologist and wealthy heiress on a mission. FYI: “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” is a video game remake.
Why was it predictably botched? It has a convoluted plot that painstakingly unwinds into an unimpressive ending. There is a cheesy shower scene, and there are action sequences that fail to thrill, entertain, or otherwise elicit an emotional response. To be fair, Jolie’s star power turned this movie into a hit, but it was still bad.
Based on the Marvel Comics character, “Ghost Rider,” the movie starred Nicolas Cage and was about a teenage boy who sells his soul to a demon in a failed effort to save his father. Transformed to Ghost Rider, his quest becomes saving hell from becoming a worse hell.
Why did it wrong? Many criticized the writing and disliked all the cheesy dialogue. Nicolas Cage said “Ghost Rider” failed because it didn’t have an R-rating. He said it could not be scary and edgy with a PG-13 rating. We think it would have flopped wither way.