. Failed Attempts at Movie Franchises | - Part 2

Dec 14 2011

8 Movies That Were Supposed to Start Franchises but Sucked

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial,Movies

Wild Wild West (1999)

Is it me or did you think this was Men in Black?  I was pretty sure this movie was Men in Black and when it wasn’t I simply didn’t understand.  Here’s a hint:  Cowboys and Aliens sucks, period.

The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk (2003 and 2008)

I wasn’t a huge fan of all the split screens and all that “actiony” crap.   Frankly it was a somewhat sentimental movie (2003 one) and you did feel for the characters but it just wasn’t “cool” enough.  It’s a shame too because The Hulk is a badass comic and has that awesome potential but neither movie was up to snuff.

Jumper (2008)

It had a nice concept and it was quite successful at the box-office ($200 million in the US only) but the critical reception was not warm at all so we won’t be seeing any Jumper 2 anytime soon…

Prince of Persia:  Sands of Time (2010)

This was basically a  Pirates of the Carribean wannabe film.   Jake Gyllenhaal is a reasonably decent actor and tries really hard here but he is no Johnny Depp, he can’t carry a movie, and the story is rather convoluted.  It could have worked but it simply didn’t.  No sequel this time, Mr Bruckheimer.

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9 responses so far

  • http://xaotikdesigns.com adam

    Howard the Duck is an awesome movie!

    There weren’t any aliens in Wild Wild West either…

  • KAG

    Funny thing is there are way worst movies now on there second and third film, Men in Black, and the God awful Ghostrider for example. Cowboys and Aliens was good.

  • reynaldokcruz

    Entertaining, maybe. But Cowboys and Aliens, “good?” No.

  • DougK

    Agree with you on most of these, except about Jake Gyllenhaal (he carried Donnie Darko all right!). For me, these ranged from so-so (Prince of Persia, both the Hulks, Jumper) to flawed (The Shadow) to outright awful (Supergirl.)

    If Man Of Steel is a hit, they should give Supergal a reboot.

    I’m actually tickled that Fantastic Four’s not on this list, since it got a sequel. But I hope they do a better job with the up-and-coming one.

  • Ryan

    The Incredible Hulk wasn’t a failed movie franchise, its one of Marvel’s phase one movies, leading up to the avengers. All they did was change the actor from Edward Norton to Mark Ruffolo.

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Beefaroni

    Who in their right mind would pick Kate Beckinsale for Supergirl??? This isn’t the early 90s. Supergirl is basically a teenage superhero. That’s like picking Hugh Jackman to play a college version of Spider-Man, or Jon Hamm to play Robin.

    As for The Incredible Hulk, it is a failed franchise. Although The Hulk has been carried over to The Avengers, the actual attempts to make The Hulk into it’s own franchise have failed. The fact that they’re still not sold on another Hulk movie is evidence of that. If there ever is another Hulk movie it will be as a result of The Avengers ability to build a franchise, not Hulk or Incredible Hulk.

  • Claude

    No mention of Remo Williams? It actually had a subtitle of “The adventure begins” and a tag line of “look out, James Bond”.

  • John

    What about those god awful AVP movies? Not only that franchise failed miserably, it nearly killed both Alien and Predator franchises.

  • brandonb70

    The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton was amazing (Though I wish the studio would have let him do his version so he could have been in The Avengers)…Prince of Persia and jumper were also good movies.



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