The process of making a movie is one long series of decisions. The filmmakers have to make sure everything (from casting choices to shot selection) are up to par so they can make the best film possible. However, sometimes they can over-think themselves and end up being a bad call and derailing the project before it even hits theaters. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Decisions That Ruined Movies.
A Venomous Force
After the success of Spider-Man 2, moviegoers couldn’t wait for the follow-up, especially when it was announced that fan-favorite villain Venom would be a part of the film. However, Eddie Brock is seen by many as a missed opportunity. Part of that is perhaps due to director Sam Raimi not wanting to use the character, wishing to focus instead on Sandman and Harry Osborne as the New Goblin. But Sony, aware of Venom’s large marketing pull, forced the director to put him in the film, and the end result was something that felt tacked on in a movie that already had a lot to unpack. Sony just should have let Raimi do his thing.
The Force is Strong With This Kid
The Star Wars prequels had a ton of potential, but largely failed to live up to the visions we all had. Though they had many downsides, one of the most unforgivable was George Lucas’ decision to make Anakin Skywalker a 9-year old kid in The Phantom Menace. Due to his age and where he’s introduced in the film, Anakin felt like a side player in the story – when the trilogy was supposed to be about him – and by the time we got to Episode II, he was so much older that it was like meeting a new character instead of seeing a natural progression like Luke.
The Ending Is Not Legend
Fans of the source material novel took issue with the film’s ending, which deviated from the book and showed Dr. Robert Neville sacrifice himself so Anna could get away with a cure. Many viewers prefer the “alternate” original conclusion, which featured Neville discovering the Darkseekers he’s been hunting are real individuals with feelings and emotions. This was very thought provoking and stayed true to the story’s intended themes. So why did WB change it? Test screening reactions to the heady ending were negative, so it was scrapped for what we saw in the theatrical cut. At least the home media version preserves the “better” iteration of the movie.
Singer Doesn’t Return
After X2 ended with a tease for the iconic Dark Phoenix saga, fans eagerly anticipated the follow-up, but things took a dark turn when Bryan Singer left the project and gave way to Bret Ratner. Instead of sticking with the original treatment that was more loyal to the comics, X-Men 3 tried to balance two famous storylines – Dark Phoenix and mutant cure – without developing either of them fully. With no real emotional payoff and too many mutant characters and subplots, the film derailed the franchise for an extended period of time. If only Singer had stayed on, things might have turned out in a better and more entertaining way.
Batman for the Family
After Batman Returns received complaints for its dark tone and grossed less than its predecessor, WB decided to take the franchise in a more kid-friendly direction. This caused star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton to not return for Batman Forever, sending the series down a dark road. Joel Schumacher embraced the camp and seemingly missed what made Bruce Wayne such a compelling character. The film was also accused of being excessively commercial to market toys and merchandise to children. WB would have been smarter to keep Keaton and Burton in-house and rely on Superman for more easy-going fare. This is one instance where brooding is OK.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Trilogy
The Middle-earth faithful couldn’t wait to see Peter Jackson’s Hobbit adaptation after the success of Lord of the Rings, but that enthusiasm turned to cautious optimism when it was announced the small book would be split into three films. Instead of a rousing fantasy adventure, viewers were “treated” to a narrative spread thin over multiple features that dragged on for interminable lengths. Jackson over-indulged, injecting the new trilogy with too much CGI action and not enough substance to make us care. It’s a shame, because he was able to direct some standout sequences, so if he produced a single, more focused movie it may have turned out fine.