DC’s all-time biggest flops
After the recent success of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel', we looks at some of DC's biggest financial failures… and what made them quite so rubbish.
It's no secret that when it comes to comic book movies, Marvel seem to be doing a much better job than DC lately. With the enormous success of 'Iron Man 3' as well as 'Avengers Assemble', the folks at DC are still playing catch up… and while 'Man of Steel' proved to be quite the blockbuster, it still wasn't a patch on Marvel's phenomenal box office takings. So where is DC going wrong?
Unfortunately, that's a difficult question. Despite Superman being the most iconic superhero of all time, even his latest adventure failed to stack up against the might of Marvel. And with the Dark Knight currently going through a bit of an identity crisis, it's all to play for when it comes to the highly-anticipated 'Batman vs. Superman' movie.
But what about DC's other movies? Which of them have proved to be box-office Kryptonite? Here's our list of DC's all-time greatest flops.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace - 1987
Christopher Reeve's fourth and final outing as Clark Kent, this was by far the worst Superman movie that has even been made… to the extent that most fans simply refuse to acknowledge that it even exists. Universally panned by critics, this ridiculously camp and thoroughly over-the-top movie featured the only appearance of Nuclear Man... thankfully. With tacky special effects which border on the ridiculous, even the Man of Steel couldn't rescue this sinking ship. Costing around $17 million to produce, it's the only Superman film ever to have failed to recoup its budget - clocking in a measly $15.6 million at the box office.
Catwoman - 2004
Awful. Simply awful. This downright rubbish Catwoman spinoff is a complete travesty and has to be one of the low points of Halle Berry's career. And this is an actress who starred in 'Movie 43'. Following the ridiculous story of graphics designer Patience Phillips, she ends up being bumped off by her employers in one of the most bizarre death scenes we've ever seen. Literally flushed away by the evil corporation, she was apparently reborn as Catwoman due to some Egyptian mumbo-jumbo involving a stray cat… and this was the movie's high point. Made for around $100 million, it pulled in a pitiful $82.1 million at the box office. And we're surprised it managed that much.