Even as we enter what seems to be the golden age of the superhero movie, there are still more bad comic book movies than good ones when looking over a list of what’s been released in the past 30 years or so. Why? Well, some may blame a poor choice of actor and others may point to a badly written script, but a lot of issues ultimately come down to the choice of director.
Regardless of whether it’s an obvious lack of understanding when it comes to how the source material should be handled during the transition to live-action or a complete inability to handle action sequences as the larger than life superheroes come to blows with their foes, more than one director has ultimately ruined what could and should have otherwise been a great movie.
We’ve narrowed that list down to ten of the worst superhero movie directors. Agree? Disagree? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!
10. Joel Schumacher
Joel Schumacher. The man who very nearly killed the Batman franchise AND the superhero movie genre. In Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, the childish and silly tone which was vital to create the sort of wacky characters which would shift merchandise proved to be disastrous.
The camp aspects of the original Batman television series worked because of the decade it was set in, but a modern interpretation of that did not sit well with moviegoers or fans. The casting choices for many of the roles were smart, but they were so poorly written and directed that it’s a wonder more of their careers weren’t shortened dramatically.
In the right hands, both movies could have actually been something special after Tim Burton’s unusual take on the Caped Crusader. Instead, they’re now just remembered for being downright awful, and Schumacher is still universally despised by many fans as a result.