The best thing that can be said about this summer's biggest flop, the Warner Bros. comic book Western/fantasy 'Jonah Hex,' is that it seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, comic book movies like 2008's 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man' were among the biggest box office hits of the past decade, while 'Iron Man 2' is this year's third highest grossing film to date with an impressive $616 million worldwide. And in Hollywood, that kind of money translates into one thing: more copycats trying to strike it rich with their own comic book films.
But these days it seems that for every record breaking adaptation like 'Spider-Man,' there are a half dozen disappointments like 'Kick-Ass' and 'Watchmen,' not to mention outright flops such as 'Elektra,''Catwoman' and, of course, this year's contribution to the bargain bin, 'Jonah Hex.' Apparently finding the next Batman or Iron Man isn't so easy after all.
As long as superhero franchises continue to dominate the box office, though, it's a certainty that Hollywood will continue to throw adaptations against the wall to see what sticks. And that brings up a truly terrifying thought: If Hollywood can mess up cool, fan-favorite characters like 'Jonah Hex,' 'Ghost Rider' and 'Fantastic Four 2's' Silver Surfer as badly as they have, what will happen when they start adapting comics that are actually bad to begin with?
With that in mind, then, here's a list of some of the comic book movies that, if the studios have any sense left in them, you won't be seeing any time soon ... we hope: