Green Lantern set to be worst money loser in superhero movie history.

Green Lantern set to be worst money loser in superhero movie history.

Though it's not surprise Warner Bros. Green Lantern is considered the worst superhero movie of 2011, but could it be considered the worst superhero movie ever?

If you go only by money (and why else do they make movies?)
Green Lantern is in a position to be the new standard for what a bad superhero movie is.
If you go by critical acclaim then, these are also some of the worst of the worst.

The top 5 biggest money losses* are :

#5 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

at negative 1.5 million and a rottentomatoes rating of 10%

#4 Steel

at negative 14 million and a rottentomatoes rating of 12%

#3 Catwoman

at negative 18 million and a rottentomatoes rating of 10%

#2 Punisher: War Zone

negative 25 million and a rottentomatoes rating of 27%

#1 Green Lantern

Negative 53 million and a rottentomatoes rating of 26%

Making it potentially the Biggest Loser in comic book movie history.Four out of five are DC owned characters. What does it say that Warner Brothers either makes gold with its franchises or dung?

And now that Marvel has reclaimed the Punisher. What has it really gotten back but its weakest movie character?

*totals were arrived at by taking production costs and subtracting the gross of a film from it. These were the worst of the films that have a stated production cost. Only superhero movies were considered not all comic book films. Totals were rounded off cause I wanted to.
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ThreeBigTacos - 7/27/2011, 6:52 PM
oh yes I love articles about how GL sucked, music to my ears :P
Marvelfreek94 - 7/27/2011, 6:53 PM
Whoa whoa whoa! Ok screw rotten tomatoes cuz batman and robin NEEDS to be on there i dont even care if its for money reasons. Haha
NextHero08 - 7/27/2011, 7:01 PM
From a financial standpoint, I agree with this article. I'm the kind of person who likes to consider all things with CBM and Green Lantern is not as bad as people bytch it out to be. DEFINITELY NOT THE BEST MOVIE OF THIS YEAR OR EVER but I can watch it more than once, simply because it leaves an open window for a better sequel and bigger story. For this to be the first shot at GL, I cant believe how harsh some people are and don't look at the bigger picture that GL has the room and potential to expand and be something better. But of course, the voices of hate and name calling will speak louder than anything else.
JULEZ13 - 7/27/2011, 7:01 PM
GL might be the worst CBM when it comes to money lost due to its enormous production cost. But it is no where near being the worst CBM of all time. I'd rather watch this crappy GL movie 5 times before I watch the awful Daredevil movie again just once!
Minotauro - 7/27/2011, 7:16 PM
@NextHero - I agree.
sapach - 7/27/2011, 7:18 PM
at least DC is winning at something in the live-action movie department
JDUKE25 - 7/27/2011, 7:18 PM
parafonia - 7/27/2011, 7:36 PM
No. It certainly isn't the worst. It is an entertaining movie that made some mistakes. It crammed too much GL history into one film, for example, and it made the cardinal sin of not presenting Hal Jordan the way GL fans perceive Hal. Fans have a hard time seeing him as a light hearted wise guy. Reynolds, while I liked him, was the wrong choice. His default expression is one of self-doubt, something Hal doesn't struggle with.
JULEZ13 - 7/27/2011, 7:50 PM
@NorseGod: No, I haven't actually seen the director's cut nor am I interested. The story was extremely weak, the acting was terrible. There is no amount of included deleted scenes or whatever is included in the director's cut that can make this film significantly better. If I even have to watch Ben Affleck's disgusting a$$ in leather or Jennifer Garner as Elektra again I might just go kill myself. lol. I'm sorry but i just hate every single thing about that movie. It was just absolutely awful.
marvel72 - 7/27/2011, 7:55 PM
at least its number 1 at something.
kevberg - 7/27/2011, 7:58 PM

Theres no way Green Lantern is anywhere near as bad as Catwoman or the BIGGEST TURD that wasn't on the list....



2) Bane in a gorilla suit!

3) Uma Thurmans HORRIBLE Over-Acting .

4) John Glovers horrible over acting

5) Ah-nolds lack of acting and one liners

6) Mr. Freezes goons trying to eat RAW TV DINNERS then getting there tongue stuck to the dinners

7) Mr. Freezes goons singing.

8) ALFRED.......FRIGGIN....HEADROOM......gggettggettggggeteggget it?

9)Bobble head Clooney

10) BAT -ASS shots.

and honorable mention:

Joel Schumacher's Direction.
The writer of this article is a idiot if they think green lantern is ANYWHERE near the turds that other films have been.

dude learn some F@#ckin history! your bias is showing.
superwolverine - 7/27/2011, 8:18 PM
I'd rather watch green lantern again than watch batman and robin... and superman returns for that matter.
fceeviper - 7/27/2011, 8:27 PM
I get allot of Marvel love on this site. Fricken Marvel Fanboys!
LP4 - 7/27/2011, 8:28 PM
Ryan Reynolds is quickly becoming serious CBM-poison.

The disappointing Blade Trinity (never saw it myself but from what i read it was the worst of the series)

His role in X-Men Origins as- "Baraka-Pool"

Now most recently...Green Lantern.

@superwolverine- You and me both. i hated the GL movie but it was much more enjoyable and watchable than 'Superman Returns'

@Bodwulf- I don't personally feel Green Lantern belongs on that list with all those other REALLY crappy films. I know you don't make the list but I can't really see how Green Lantern could possibly be placed within the same group as "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"


Bodwulf - 7/27/2011, 8:41 PM
@kevberg Batman and Robin MADE 113 million dollars. Reread the article it is about the most money LOST.
It is the actual figures. It is your bias, not mine showing.

@LP4 It may actually make up some ground and be less of a loss than Punisher War Zone but as of right now it has lost more money than any superhero movie ever.

Sorry guys, I like the 13th Warrior but in boxoffice it lost over 100 million dollars. Is it a better watch than other movies sure. But in revenues it sucked hard.
ngachacha - 7/27/2011, 8:46 PM
You're jumping the gun. Green Lantern hasn't been released in several foreign markets:

Germany 28 July 2011
Poland 29 July 2011
Spain 29 July 2011
Sweden 29 July 2011
Australia 4 August 2011
Israel 4 August 2011
Netherlands 4 August 2011
Finland 5 August 2011
Norway 5 August 2011
France 10 August 2011
Argentina 11 August 2011
Hungary 11 August 2011
Peru 11 August 2011
Slovenia 11 August 2011
Estonia 12 August 2011
Mexico 12 August 2011
Portugal 18 August 2011
Brazil 19 August 2011
Colombia 19 August 2011
Paraguay 19 August 2011
Lithuania 26 August 2011
Turkey 26 August 2011
Italy 31 August 2011
Bulgaria 2 September 2011
Japan 10 September 2011

I'm also assuming that your facts didn't include money from DVD and Blu-Ray sales.
hartley07 - 7/27/2011, 8:53 PM
haha yes i just watched 13th warrior last night!

Hey i dont want to get bombed with hate, but I'm not a huge GL fan, maybe thats why I liked the movie was because I knew hardly anything about him at the time. I am seriously just curious, and anyone can answer this, but what wouldve made this a better movie? I thought the idea of a character who is a hotshot on the onside but afraid on the inside was cool, his suit being a construct made more sense to me then the comics (like raimi's organic web shooters), and the effects were pretty cool. Why do most people despise this movie? And I'm not looking to get in an argument here I just wanna understand.
Indestruktible - 7/27/2011, 8:55 PM
what ngachacha said.

/end thread
Bodwulf - 7/27/2011, 8:55 PM
@ ngachacha also did not add 100 million in promotional costs GL lost because those figures are even less available than production costs. And I
I did not jump the gun.It is in a position to be the biggest flop. Will it pull in 50 million from the foreign boxoffice to dig out of this hole? Time will tell.
kevberg - 7/27/2011, 9:02 PM

Get THE [email protected] OUTTA HERE WITH THAT SH@#T

You also said "CRITICAL ACCLAIM"

F#Ck Rotten Tomatoes.... I can on and on with how big a Turd Batman and Robin was.

Your article is short on any real fairness

I gave you just a short list of the crap that was in Batman and Robin .

the 1990's Cap movies was worse than GL, The 1990s Punisher was worse, Catwoman, Steel, ....DICK FRIGGIN TRACY, Most of the Turtles sequels.....

Yeah, YOUR bIAS is showing.

now excuse me while I print out your article to wipe my ass with.
Indestruktible - 7/27/2011, 9:12 PM
@ Bodwulf

There are at least 25 more markets to open. If it does 2 mil each, it will make it back. That's highly doable.

Each movie has promotional costs, so if you're going to add GL promotional costs, then you mine as well add the others too. Since you did not, it's not a point then so it's irrelevant to bring it up.
Bodwulf - 7/27/2011, 9:13 PM
@kevberg LOL . Green Lantern might just make 100 million overseas and actually make 1 dollar proffit.Overseas sales actually only send about half the profits back to the studio.
I hope so and plus with DVD sales they may just end up in the black.
You are way more into this than I am. I just saw where it was and was shocked it had lost so much.
Do what you will with the article as long as you enjoyed it.
kevberg - 7/27/2011, 9:15 PM
And Yeah, its offensive because you blatantly ignore the real stinkers out there. You insult peoples intelligence just as badly as Batman and Robin.

I don't read Green Lantern, Im no more a DC fan than a Marvel fan, but I'd be proud to own my GREEN LANTERN blu-ray than ever let some of those other turds near my collection.

ngachacha - 7/27/2011, 9:21 PM
"Time will tell."

Well said. Why not wait until after September 10 (when it's released in its final market), or after the DVDs and Blu-rays have been released before posting such a misleading article?
ALmighty1080 - 7/27/2011, 9:26 PM
good lord man that is some terrible writing.
kevberg - 7/27/2011, 9:27 PM
EXACTLY....why beat a dead it obvious it didn't make big bank, but is that really a measure of its quality?
If so explain Transformers....any of them....

It hasn't made all its money, it was IMO a horrible had faults but I personally could enjoy it despite it faults.

kevberg - 7/27/2011, 9:32 PM
wasn't a horrible movie...where the heck is the edit button now?
SwingsetKnight - 7/27/2011, 9:35 PM
Nah. Daredevil wasn't that bad. Neither was Superman Returns. They were both mediocre, lackluster flicks that through years of escalating fanboy disappointment and entrenching opinions have somehow transformed into the "WORST MOVIES EVER".

Now Catwoman was a shitstorm. It had every element CBM fans profess to loathe. It was atrociously written, ridiculous, poorly acted, and had such incredibly low respect for the source material that it practically wiped itself with a Catwoman comic book. Unlike the other two, it was actually panned by critics and audiences AT THE TIME IT CAME OUT. Yes, UNLIKE the other two, which were regarded as just what they were: serviceable but uninspired.
ngachacha - 7/27/2011, 9:36 PM

I'm a huge GL, but even I can't give this movie an 8/10. As GL, I give it a 7/10, and as an objective film watcher, the movie gets a 6.5/10

There were too many things in the story that didn't add up or weren't explained properly.

For example, Hal said he was afraid. Afraid of what exactly? Afraid of failing? Afraid of Parallax? Why is he afraid of commitment with Carol? Does he have commitment issues or is it something else? Why was Carol crying after they had a good heart-to-heart conversation on the rooftop? She feels sorry for him for what? Was she making excuse for something? If so, for what? How can Hal quit the Corps and then put the ring back on the next day or two to save Carl in the helicopter? The Corps is a unified unit, how is it possible that out of 3600 of them, not ONE of them helped Hal on Earth? Why was Parallax so determined to kill Hal when he already got his revenge on Abin Sur? Why would Sinestro put on the yellow ring after he gave a speech to the Corps about how overcoming fear is great and everything?

I've watched this movie twice in theatres and these questions still came to my mind.

These are things that bothered me personally. IMO, I liked everyone's acting, I enoyed the CGI and the CGI suit made sense, and the humour was decent at times.

In terms of what would have made the movie better? A solid story with a clear vision. The movie touched upon fear, overcoming fear, courage, daddy issues, commitment issues, and coming of age. TOO MUCH! One, maybe two main themes is enough for a movie and it allows for the theme or themes to be fleshed out properly. (E.g. Batman Begins, a man determined to fight the corrpution in his city. Iron Man1, a man who wanted to redeem himself for encouraging war and death with his weapons, XMen FC, being proud of your individualities and not conforming to society). GL tried to use all those themes and it just went all over the place. Why show flashbacks of his dad dying when it has no purpose later on? His dad's death affected Hal a great deal in the comicbooks and it does get referenced a lot. In the movie, it's mentioned once, maybe twice, and that's it.

I liked the movie, but I didn't love it and I certainly don't hate it.
ngachacha - 7/27/2011, 9:39 PM

LOL! I can't find the edit button either anymore and I've been wanting to correct my grammar mistakes for my latest posts.
Bodwulf - 7/27/2011, 9:40 PM
O.K. one last post and I am done. the article stands true. It only states that Green Lantern "is in a position to be the new standard for what a bad superhero movie is." or asks in the form of a question is it the worst. I never state if it is good or bad.I in fact say it has at this time has the most money lost.

The rottentomatoes ratings merely show these are not well recieved criticly and give insite as to why they may be on here. The money is how they got their position.

If you read the article without pushing your emotional reactions on it, it is very clear. I am not bashing Green Lantern. I never once give my opinion on the movie I just state where it is at this time.

If Batman and Robin had lost money It would be on the list. It has a RT rating of 13% but that is not what thearticle is about. (if you read it.)

plus if i had not written it what would Kevberg wipe his ass with?

STYGR8dotCOM - 7/27/2011, 10:19 PM
punisher was not horrible wtf?
CaseyJones1 - 7/27/2011, 10:29 PM
ngachacha - 7/27/2011, 10:38 PM
@ Bodwulf

What's the point of this article if its just about the possibility of gl possibly being the worst superhero movie in terms of money? That's like me saying captain America lost $60 of right now. We all know captain america will make lots of money but it needs more time. I honestly don't know where gl will end up after September in terms of money but I'd wait to see what happens before writing such an article.
SupermanReturns2006 - 7/27/2011, 10:50 PM
Green Lantern is ok, I dont complain about it STOP being Negative People
nikgrid - 7/27/2011, 11:46 PM
Yeah I think it must be trendy to hate the GL movie, it was better than Iron Man 2
Risky5150 - 7/27/2011, 11:55 PM
They should ave [frick]in stuck to the secret origin script word for word, panel for panel those stupid bitch [racial slur]s
Risky5150 - 7/27/2011, 11:55 PM
They should ave [frick]in stuck to the secret origin script word for word, panel for panel those stupid bitch [racial slur]s
Risky5150 - 7/27/2011, 11:55 PM
They should ave [frick]in stuck to the secret origin script word for word, panel for panel those stupid bitch [racial slur]s
Risky5150 - 7/27/2011, 11:55 PM
They should ave [frick]in stuck to the secret origin script word for word, panel for panel those stupid bitch [racial slur]s
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