5 Worst Superheroes Ever Portrayed On Film

There is no such thing as a bad superhero or a good superhero. There are just concepts that are executed either badly or horribly. Aquaman has been regarded for quite some time as the laughing stock of DC. But that didn’t stop us all from getting really excited over Jason Momoa’s version in the upcoming Justice League. Likewise, can anyone believe that there is actually a way someone can mess up Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman? See? It’s all in the execution. Because of faulty execution, Hollywood has managed to give us some of the worst superheroes ever depicted on cinema.

In the spirit of heroic bravery, we’ll also carry on with name-calling, so we can all publicly shame the worst superheroes ever portrayed on film. Or, alternatively, we can dismiss them from canon and pretend they never happened in the first place.

#5 Green Lantern

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Green Lantern (2011), portrayed by Ryan Reynolds

Poor Ryan Reynolds just couldn’t catch a break, could he? All he wanted was a good superhero project to work on. Little did he know, Green Lantern wasn’t the way to go. The movie was campy, corny, awfully animated, and just poorly executed overall.

As a result, everything was downgraded, and Green Lantern was the one to join the Laughing Stock Corner alongside Aquaman.

#4 Supergirl

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Supergirl (1984), portrayed by Helen Slater

Ah, there it is. That one oldie that can come off as horrible much more easily because of awful special effects. If only all problems with Supergirl boiled down to this one thing. The plot is a convulsed mess with no direction or any ounce of logic in it. It quickly jumps from a life-and-death planetary matter to high school drama dropped on us for no reason.

Then the over-the-top acting, the senseless character motivations, the misogynistic undertones, and the poor writing all come together to create this epically atrocious flick. Up to this day, it’s still all we were given by Hollywood in terms of Supergirl.

#3 Ghost Rider

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Ghost Rider (2007) & Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), portrayed by Nicholas Cage

Admittedly, the first Ghost Rider wasn’t that much of a hot mess, though there were undoubtedly enough holes in this ship to sink it into the abyss as well. In fact, we reckon we only look at it with less judging eyes simply because of how much worse the sequel is in comparison.

But all in all, Ghost Rider, one of the superheroes with the coolest concepts around, ended up being one of the worst superheroes, at least as far as cinema depictions go. We’re not saying Nicholas Cage may have not been a brilliant casting choice, but… you know.

#2 Catwoman

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Catwoman (2004), portrayed by Halle Berry

Catwoman is widely regarded as one of the worst superhero of all time, mostly because it technically has no excuse. It rolled around the corner about the same time Sam Raimi was making history with his Spider-Man trilogy, yet it completely failed on all levels.

Halle Berry’s Catwoman hardly even had anything to do with the DC counterpart, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you make out of it. Even without drawing comparisons with other versions (Anne Hathaway or Michelle Pfeiffer), the 2004 Catwoman stands on her own as one of the worst superheroes of Hollywood.

#1 Deadpool

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), portrayed by Ryan Reynolds

If you saw “Deadpool” in the title, calm down. Unless your freak-out was of the “I can’t believe you even considered this atrocity Deadpool” sort. In which case, we agree! The Deadpool version given to us by the worst of X-Men films was beyond perplexing and offensive.

Not only did he not look anything like Wade Wilson, but he didn’t act even remotely in a similar fashion either. You know you’ve earned yourself one of the worst superheroes of cinema when you’ve sewn shut the mouth of the Merc with the Mouth.

The Best Sci Fi Movies Of The 21st Century

Okay, so we were thinking of making a list with the best sci fi movies of –

“Star Wars is the best sci fi franchise of all time!”

…of the 21st century. And this is why. It’s difficult to deny the impact Star Wars had on the world of sci fi cinematography, which is why they always come out on top with an unfair advantage. Some people may argue here and there but, yes, Star Wars might just be the best thing the science fiction genre has had to offer. Surprisingly, though, there have been other attempts at sci fi movies since then and the results are noticeably different from the intergalactic adventures we were given in Star Wars.

Modern times called for new ideas and these ideas were the base for the following flicks, which we consider to be The Best Sci Fi Movies Of The 21st Century.

#1 Children of Men

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Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 Children of Men is an adaptation of the eponym novel and it’s the perfect representation of the saying “the end of the world doesn’t come with a bang, but a whimper.” Set in a future where women can no longer bear children, Children of Men brings together the lack of morality characterizing a society on the edge of destruction and mixes it with the ounce of hope that’s so important to the thematic core of the movie.

Our protagonist is portrayed by Clive Owen and he’s a cynical character, fitting so well in the dry and pessimistic atmosphere of the established universe. After one sole woman miraculously manages to become pregnant, he must become her guide as he struggles to shelter her against the very world her life could possibly save. The movie is a visual masterpiece and, despite its morose undertones, it’s full of glimmers of hope.

#2 Inception

Inception's Movie Poster Capturing Its Essence

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After its release in 2010, many movies following it up have attempted to add to their scripts the multitude of layers that were given to Inception. This Christopher Nolan flick was huge on many levels, including the production, but it was particularly impressive in what it meant to the world of filmmaking, as one of the best sci fi movies ever. There is a little bit of everything in this movie, enough to be able to be appreciated from all kinds of levels.

Nolan gave though the movie layers that invoked philosophy, timelines, the eternal conflict between dreaming and reality. It’s a complex movie, sometimes even a little bit confusing, and it raises a lot more questions than it answers. But if it makes you question even one aspect about your reality, then you know it worked out well.

#3 Signs

Signs' Movie Poster Featuring Characters And Location

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There’s no denying that M. Night Shyamalan went downhill after this movie. He broke through with the masterpiece that was The Sixth Sense and gradually continued to pluck out movies that continued to decrease in quality and sense. Signs was probably on this edge – you either love it or you hate it. But regardless of what it is, there’s no denying that this movie works incredibly well as a thriller. Why is it one of the best sci fi movies of the 2000s? Because it’s a novel take.

Shyamalan needs to be given kudos for his ability to turn something as typical as an alien invasion into a genuinely blood-chilling thriller. Instead of getting the over the top, flashy view of a person running away from laser-shooting spaceships (á la War of the Worlds), Signs gives us the perspective of a father, his two kids, and their uncle trying to defend their farm against forces unknown to them. Don’t get us wrong, the world is definitely still going ablaze, but we never get to see that. We don’t even see the alien until the very end. Signs plays with our primal fear of the unknown and sets it in an atmospheric story full of unsettling and disturbing feelings.

How To Become Iron Man

Part of the fun of superheroes is that we get to imagine using their powers. Who wouldn’t want to have the ability to shoot spider webbing out of one’s wrists and climb up skyscrapers effortlessly? Who wouldn’t want to be able to fly around with a red cape or wield a mythical hammer that no one else could lift? I can even think of instances when I wouldn’t mind turning into a growling green monster, though I supposed this is a little bit less desirable.

As far as superheroes go it might be hard to think of one that plays with our imaginations more than Iron Man. In part this is because Robert Downey Jr. has brilliantly humanized the role for the better part of a decade now. But it’s also because Iron Man exists as a result of technology that’s starting to seem like it’s not so far-fetched. Tesla mastermind Elon Musk, who’s commonly referred to as the real life Tony Stark (and actually appeared in a Marvel movie, just for fun), keeps teasing the idea that he’s working his own exoskeleton. In other words, the one guy on Earth who seems perfectly capable of creating an Iron Man suit is publicly flirting with the idea, even if he’s probably just joking around. So for the rest of us, it’s impossible not to think about it: what would it take to wear an Iron Man suit one day?

IronMan SuitI have one very clear idea for the first step. Unless you happen to be friends with Elon Musk, or brilliant enough to secure a high-ranking position at one of his companies, you’ll probably need to find a way to acquire incredible wealth. You’ll probably have to win the lottery. Granted, that’s a wee bit of a long shot, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually strategies that can help you to figure out how to win the lottery, or at least how to give yourself a slightly better than average shot. For instance, buying multiple tickets or playing lotteries with statistically greater odds than others can both work in your favor.

The unfortunate thing is that even winning the lottery probably isn’t enough. A little while back, there was a write-up of a detailed account of what it would take to become Iron Man or Batman, strictly from a financial perspective. It’s hard to determine if any of their findings are actually “accurate” given that to some degree this is still a fantasy. But it’s still the closest thing you’ll find to a price tag on an Iron Man suit, and the total is a whopping $1,612,717,000. So you’ll just have to win the lottery and then invest your winnings very successfully. No big deal, right?

From the technological side of things, however, attaining an Iron Man suit might actually be more feasible. A pretty comprehensive report broke down what would need to go into it, and the overall determination was that it’s not entirely beyond the realm of possibility to make an Iron Man-like suit. There would be plenty of tricky challenges, and naturally it wouldn’t come out exactly like the suit we see in the movies, but it’s not so crazy that no one should work on it.

As to how you can actually wind up in an Iron Man suit in another 10 or 20 years, all it takes is a complete shift in your priorities in life. The lottery, or at least a lottery-sized influx of cash, is pretty much a necessity. But beyond that, it’s not about just buying a suit, because none exists. Instead, you’ll want to fund the research and get yourself on a board of directors with some influence on what’s going to happen with human exoskeletons. These things are being explored, and there are people capable of making something close to Iron Man a reality.

You just have to get rich and get to know them!

Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies We Will Remember

Alien invasion movies are a trope that might as well become a genre in itself. The main thing stopping it from doing so is the fact that it can blend so well in so many types of movies and stories that it would seem pretty… weird to do so. You can easily watch a thriller, a horror, a sci-fi, or a romantic comedy where the Earth is threatened by extraterrestrial forces.

Alien Invasion Movies

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Since taste and preferences are subjective, we don’t really expect any opinions to align with our own, but this is the beauty of everything. It’s also why debates exist. Something we can all agree on is that Independence Day: Resurgence shouldn’t ever make the cut on any kind of alien invasion movie list.

#1 War of the Worlds

We’re referring both to the original and the new Steven Spielberg remake, which managed to hold up surprisingly well given the bad reputation that modern reboots have earned behind them. The movie gains a personal vibe by having the focus on a surviving family and the theme of the film revolves entirely against malevolent aliens attacking humanity.

#2 Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Aliens invade Earth and replace a bunch of humans with a bred of emotionless humanoids. The premise sounds ridiculous enough to be a breakthrough idea during a time when realism was a very important factor in cinema. What makes this movie even better is the symbolism of the fact that it’s supposed to represent society under communism.

#3 The Day The Earth Stood Still

An old classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still stands proudly among the best alien invasion movies if only for the liberating and important message it delivers. Meant to metaphorically present the anxiety and dread of the Cold War Era, the film involves an alien landing on Earth to tell humanity to cure itself of its destructive ways.

#4 Independence Day

Regardless of some may think of it, this is a movie you can easily consider a guilty pleasure. It sends strong patriotic messages and it involves humanity uniting against greater exterior threats. The fact that it’s helped by its stellar cast does help a lot too.

#5 The Thing

This John Carpenter classic was regarded at the time of its release as groundbreaking in the world of cinematography – in the pre-2000s era, at least. Reeking of plenty of Alien vibes, this movie tells the story of an extraterrestrial being that infiltrates a research station and takes the shape of the people there.

#6 Signs

There’s no better way to heat up an argument than by bringing into discussions any M. Night Shyamalan movie. Signs, in particular, has plenty of people torn. Sure, the twist at the end is a bit underwhelming, but this flick definitely had a memorably unique tone to it.

#7 District 9

District 9 is a somewhat underground name, which is a shame when you think about the fact that it has a pretty witty and ingenious premise. It has imprisoned aliens and, above all, it brings to the tables some much-needed shades of grey.

#8 Mars Attacks!

Since alien invasion movies were a growing trend at the time, the parodies didn’t fail to follow shortly thereafter. This particular one was directed by Tim Burton and it managed to capture a sense of insanity and campiness like no other movie on this list.

#9 They Live

The movie is somewhat cheesy and it places an unnecessary emphasis on the belief that some people have that we are being mind-controlled by aliens through television. But, hey, it wasn’t that much of a popular theory at that time, so we can give it a pass.

#10 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie is centered on the premise of a group of people, protagonist included, who gather because of a strange call they feel after encountering an UFO.

Top 10 Makeup Transformations For The Big Screen

Before CGI became the hottest thing in the block, Hollywood greatly relied on the wonders of makeup transformations and the mastery of the artists wielding the brushes. Their skills went leagues beyond applying foundations and contours, stretching into a territory where they’re able to craft entire costumes. We imagine how surreal it sounds like for some of us who have trouble properly winging eyeliner.

It was because of the incredible makeup transformations managed by stunningly talented artists that some of the most iconic characters today have been brought to life on the big screen. In this article, we are going to visit some of them.

#1 Jim Carey | The Grinch

Makeup Transformations - Jim Carey and the Grinch

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Although people have split opinions when it comes to the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ famous story, there is a general consensus on the fact that Jim Carey did a stellar job. After The Mask, he was reluctant to take on another role that required hours on top of hours wasted in makeup chairs, but he admitted that the Grinch was too tempting to not take on.

#2 Rebecca Romjin | X-Men

At the dawn of the X-Men cinematic universe, one of the most challenging looks to reproduce was the one of the infamous mutant Mystique. In order to step into the metaphorical shoes of the blue skinned bombshell, Rebecca Romjin spent an average of 8 hours in front of the mirror for her jaw-dropping makeup transformation.

#3 Heath Ledger | The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger as the Joker

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Even though there were no amazing full-body transformations involved, Heath Ledger’s makeup as the Joker became undeniably iconic. Steering away from the image of the classic cartoons and comics, this take was one step forward. It was extremely calculated in its messiness, terrifying, intimidating, pinched with a dose of childishness, and perfectly in-character.

#4 Jeff Goldbloom | The Fly

The Fly was a movie founded on a grotesque premise, with a character that needed to gradually transition through a series of stages that had him basically go from gross to much grosser. It seemed like a daunting task, but makeup artist Chris Walas managed to perfectly convey these stages.

#5 John Matuszak | The Goonies

Matuszak and the Sloth

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The professional football player stepped into the skin of the Sloth, the character that haunted all of our childhoods through the eerie realism of his distorted appearance. Much of this credit goes to the genius of the makeup transformation, innovative and groundbreaking at the time.

#6 Ron Pearlman | Hell Boy

A title like that is almost begging for something to make it flop, but fantastic makeup artists have none of it. In order to transform Ron Pearlman into the hellish character, he had to be wrapped in red latex and patiently wait 4 hours for the costume to be applied.

#7 Eric Stoltz | Mask

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In 1985, Eric Stoltz managed to leave a big impact on audiences when he starred in the movie Mask, which told the story of the heavily distorted Roy L. “Rocky” Dennis. For the look to be reproduced, foam was blended through makeup transformations into a mask.

#8 Robin Williams | Mrs. Doubtfire

We’ve seen plenty of “man turned into a nice elderly woman” tropes come to life on the big screen, but it was Robin Williams’ that was the most convincing. And in order for that to happen, Williams had to go through eight stages of makeup transformations.

#9 Gwenyth Paltrow| Shallow Hal

Gwyneth Paltrow in Her Suit

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Paltrow played the part of the girlfriend of a jinxed Jack Black who could see all women as goddess-level beauties. Needless to say, she was one of those who, traditionally, weren’t. The actress made quite the weight leap with her transformation.

#10 Charlize Theron | Monster

Since mastery isn’t only seen in the ability to create green fur suits, we can’t help but acclaim this amazing transformation. Theron ditched her jaw-dropping looks in order to step into the shoes of a rough, raw-looking woman.