August 04, 2012

Who's missing from this list?

On the heels of their BEST all-time comicbook film performances list, Newsarama now has their WORST such performances top ten. There's definitely some head-scratchers on their list; here's their entire ten:

  • #10. January Jones as Emma Frost (X-Men First Class).
  • #9. Christopher Reeve/ Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent.
  • #8. Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker.
  • #7. Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet.
  • #6. Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom (Fantastic Four films).
  • #5. Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider.
  • #4. Matthew Goode as Ozymandias (Watchmen).
  • #3. Billy Zane as the Phantom.
  • #2. Halle Berry as Catwoman and Storm (X-Men films for the latter).
  • #1. Just about everyone in Joel Schumacher's Batman films.

OK, I exempt myself from commenting on #7 or #2 because I haven't (mercifully) seen the films. #1 is the best call, for, as Newsarama says,

We don't think actors like George Clooney, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Val Kilmer and yes, even Arnold Schwarzenegger, all inexplicably turned in their career-worst performances in those movies. We just think they were hung out to dry in perhaps the most ill-conceived comic book project ever put on film (Jonah Hex notwithstanding).

I have real issues with having Maguire, Reeve and Routh on the list. While Andrew Garfield is definitely better than Maguire as Pete Parker/Spider-Man, Maguire wasn't so miserable as to make a top ten list like this. And Reeve (and Routh, whose performance was so similar) on the list is way too nit-picky; Newsarama just doesn't like the way he portrayed Clark Kent/Superman, not so much that his acting and characterization was bad. And was January Jones that bad as to make this list? Not in my view.

Here's some notable omissions. (And note that Newsarama purposely omits some of these as "unworthy" of mention. Aside from Roger Corman's never-released Fantastic Four, I don't think that is really fair):

  • Matt Salinger as Capt. America. Why the powers that be chose one of Revenge of the Nerds' Alpha Betas as Steve Rogers/Capt. America, I'll never know. This is possibly the worst casting in the history of film period, aside from Francis Ford Coppolla's daughter in Godfather Part 3.

  • Thomas Jane as the Punisher. If Salinger's Cap is the worst ever, this is definitely a close second.

  • Ryan Reynolds in Blade: Trinity. OK, so Dracula himself is back awake on Earth and all Reynolds can do is joke 100% of the time throughout the film. Spare me, already.

  • Shaquille O'Neal as Steel. Is any explanation really needed??

  • Malin Åkerman as Silk Spectre II in Watchmen. Newsarama thought that Matt Goode's Ozymandias was bad? Didn't they see Malin in the film? Ugh.

Anyone we're missing?


Posted by Hube at August 4, 2012 05:15 PM | TrackBack

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"Blade: trinity" cemented my dislike of Reynolds... all he did was joke the entire movie. I didn't care much for "X-Men: First Class," but I agree with you that January Jones doesn't deserve to be on a "worst of" list.

Posted by: Carl at August 4, 2012 10:02 PM

Pamela Anderson in Barbed Wire.
Lori Petty in Tank Girl
Alec Baldwin in The Shadow
John Leguizamo in Spawn
Mark Hamill in The Guyver

Posted by: Jamie at August 5, 2012 06:30 PM

Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy

Posted by: Steve Newton at August 5, 2012 07:22 PM

Jamie: Good calls on Leguizamo and Baldwin. But ... there was a live-action Guyver film?

Posted by: Hube at August 5, 2012 07:55 PM

Newsarama having Reeve on their list invalidates the rest of it. But in any case, I will defend Seth Rogen's take on The Green Hornet, and I actually think Matthew Goode was perfect for that movie's version of Ozymandias, since I'm pretty sure they were nudging at the Schumacher Batman films (he has nipples on his suit!).

And I think Dolph's Punisher is worse than Thomas Jane's.

Reynold's take on Hal Jordan also earns him a spot on the list.

Posted by: Ryan S. at August 6, 2012 11:31 AM

Hahaha, I forgot about The Guyver. I saw it on cable about 20 years ago. If it wasn't direct-to-video it sure looked like it was. Some tacky gore and lousy special effects. Just stomach-turning. And what's wrong with Chris Reeve?!

I still disagree strongly on Matt Salinger, a once-in-a-century talent destroyed by CIA black ops and the Hollywood elite.

Posted by: thunderbird at August 6, 2012 02:10 PM