Though 2017 was a great year for superhero fans, it certainly had its share of awful moments. Thankfully, that awfulness shouldn’t do much to derail the genre’s onscreen success. 2017 was a big year for comic book television, thanks to the smashing success of Netflix’s Marvel various series and The CW’s Arrowverse, among others. Superhero movies thrived this year as well. The eight superhero films that released in 2017 (yes, we’re counting Power Rangers and Lego Batman) have combined to bring in over $4.8 billion at the global box office. It’s safe to say that the genre isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
There were a few hiccups along the way, of course. While most of the year’s superhero movies and TV shows were well-received by critics and fans alike, there were a few releases that fell well short of expectations. Justice League and Power Rangers failed to live up to the hype, while Marvel TV released a pair of absolute duds in Iron Fist and Inhumans. For fans that went into those movies and shows hoping for greatness, they were almost certainly let down.
But perhaps you’re the sort of fanboy or girl that’s a bit more invested in these projects than most. Perhaps their failures affect your mood a bit more than they should. If so, 2017 brought with it some truly devastating moments, moments that resulted in a string of angry internet comments and a handful of shower cries. It’s time to confront the darkness as we take a look back at The 5 Worst Moments To Be A Superhero Fan In 2017 (in no particular order).
5. When those Justice League reviews started rolling in
Don’t let its final box office figures fool you. Do not allow all the negative buzz that surrounded its production to cloud your memory. Before the public actually got a look at it, Justice League was about as highly anticipated as superhero movies get. It may not have had the same sort of cinematic build-up that The Avengers enjoyed, but make no mistake: fans were hyped to see DC’s finest come together onscreen to save the world.
That’s why it was just so damn disappointing to see the reviews make their way online and substantiate nearly all of the paranoid thoughts you’d had about the film. The DCEU once again became a hotbed for controversy, and actually sitting down to watch the movie didn’t help all that much. Justice League certainly wasn’t a total disaster, but it’s tough to say that it was better than any of the other superhero movies that released in 2017, save for Power Rangers. The potential for this one was off the charts; the fans (and the League itself) deserved better.
4. When you realized that the Iron Fist reviews were way too generous
Like Justice League, Marvel’s Iron Fist had garnered its share of negative buzz before it had aired a single episode. Heading into its March debut on Netflix, hopes weren’t exactly high for Danny Rand’s solo series. Marvel had spent years trying to adapt this character to the screen. Showrunner Scott Buck’s track record was far from sterling, and star Finn Jones wasn’t inspiring a ton of confidence as a leading man. Regardless, the Marvel/Netflix dream team had already delivered two awesome seasons of Daredevil. Their Jessica Jones and Luke Cage series were certified smash hits as well. Despite all the negativity, you almost had to give them the benefit of the doubt.
In the end, actually sitting through all 13 episodes wound up being the most negative experience of all. The storylines were as aimless as they were boring, and Jones’ Danny Rand lacked any compelling qualities whatsoever. In short, Iron Fist thoroughly, thoroughly sucked.
3. Inhumans. All of it.
The Inhumans endured a long, difficult road to the screen. After a film adaptation that had been in development since 2011 stalled out, ABC took the reigns and reshaped the project into a TV show. Guess who Marvel hired as showrunner? Our old pal Scott Buck, that’s who!
Related: Inhumans Season 1 Recap
Somewhat predictably, the series has proven to be an absolute dud. Critics and fans seem to agree (hurray!) that the show is lacking in pretty much every way imaginable. Virtually every facet of the show, from its blah-tastic design work to its melodramatic-but-still-somehow-boring characters, has been subjected to harsh criticism. Subpar ratings coupled with an overall lack of interest in the series will likely kill the series before season 2 gets the green light.
But enough beating around the bush. It’s time for the real question on fans’ minds: which was worse, Inhumans or Iron Fist? We’re just gonna say “both, both are worse” and move on. Sound good?
2. When you walked out of Logan and realized you’d never see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine again
Logan was everything you’d ever wanted from a Wolverine movie (sans comic-accurate costume, that is). It was action-packed, it was gritty, and it was bloody as all hell. After nearly two decades in the role, Hugh Jackman had finally been given the material he deserved. He was getting to go out on the highest note imaginable. As you walked out of the theater, all was right with the world.
But then it sunk in. That was Jackman’s last time playing Wolverine. Never again would he don the adamantium claws. That hyper-violent massacre in the forrest was the last time you’d see him going full berserker. If there was any shot of him one day slipping into the yellow and blue tights, that day had passed.
Life’s last safety net had been stripped away. From this point forward, if you fell, there would be nothing there to catch you. The Wolverine is dead, and now, so are you. On the inside, anyway.
1. When you realized Superman’s CGI lip was as bad as advertised
We apologize for doubling down on a single movie, but it needed to be done. That damn mustache cast a cloud over Justice League that the movie simply couldn’t shake in its 110 minute runtime. You can blame Paramount for not allowing Henry Cavill to shave for the reshoots. You can totally blame Warner Bros. for not pushing the release date. You can most definitely blame whoever the hell decided to put it front and center in the film’s opening scene. But at the end of the day, corporate greed and poor decision-making cost Justice League its shot at bringing Cavill’s Superman back to life as the truest version of the character to date.
The horrendously rendered CGI Supes was far from the film’s only shortcoming. Honestly, his digitally reconstructed face may not have even been the worst example of shoddy special effects in Justice League. But when one of the two major talking points of your film (the other being the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon debate) is how distracting your star’s CGI’d face is, you know something has gone horribly wrong.
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