When the popular movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes gave their "rotten" verdict to David Ayer's heavily hyped comic book movie Suicide Squad, fans weren't too pleased. Well, that might actually be an understatement. More than 18,000 of them actually signed a petition to get the site taken down, citing "unjust" negative reviews for what they perceive to be "really great movies."
That misplaced anger doesn't change the fact that Suicide Squad's Rotten Tomatoes score of 28 percent (as of this writing) ranks it as one of the lowest-rated comic book adaptations in recent memory. This comes just months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was given a harsh 27 percent score by the site. This score has Suicide Squad in some unenviable company within the genre, but here are six famously bad superhero movie entries that actually wound up with a better ranking.
1. BATMAN FOREVER (1995) // TOMATOMETER: 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief."
No one could have expected Suicide Squad to score lower than 1997's Batman & Robin, but it still couldn't beat out Joel Schumacher's other pointy-eared misstep, Batman Forever.
2. DAREDEVIL (2003) // TOMATOMETER: 44%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "While Ben Affleck fits the role and the story is sporadically interesting, Daredevil is ultimately a dull, brooding origin story that fails to bring anything new to the genre."
Before Marvel redeemed Daredevil with his own critically acclaimed Netflix series, the Man Without Fear was the subject of one of the earliest bombs of the modern superhero craze. Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell, Daredevil is probably best remembered for destroying its own credibility during the maligned playground fight scene.
3. X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006) // TOMATOMETER: 58%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "X-Men: The Last Stand provides plenty of mutant action for fans of the franchise, even if it does so at the expense of its predecessors' deeper character moments."
This is another team-up movie that couldn't quite pass the critics' test, but at least X-Men: The Last Stand comes close to Rotten Tomatoes' minimum "fresh" score of 60 percent.
4. SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007) // TOMATOMETER: 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two."
Before Spider-Man was recast starring Tom Holland—and before that with Andrew Garfield—Tobey Maguire took one last spin on the web as he battled a granulated Thomas Hayden Church, James Franco on a flying snowboard, and Topher Grace, as a cannibalistic villain in a gooey alien costume. Members of the cast are still pulling themselves out of career purgatory after this one.
5. FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007) // TOMATOMETER: 37%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "While an improvement on its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is nevertheless a juvenile, simplistic picture that has little benefit beyond its special effects."
Even Suicide Squad couldn't out-rotten 2015's Fantastic Four reboot, but it still lags behind 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. This is the movie that infamously replaced the villainous Galactus with a planet-sized dust cloud and gave the Silver Surfer a TV screen on his stomach like a Teletubby, yet the Squad still couldn't measure up.
6. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) // TOMATOMETER: 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: "Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliché-ridden script and familiar narrative."
Critics couldn't find much positive to say about Wolverine's ill-fated origin film from 2009. The movie's shoddy special effects and paper-thin characters almost killed interest in the X-Men franchise, and it would be years before the series would become a certified blockbuster again.