Venom and 9 other superhero spin-offs, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes
Sony’s Spider-Man universe got off to a successful start with the release of Venom. The 2018 film was a spin-off of the Spider Man franchise, because the superhero is busy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Hardy will return in the sequel, and fans have high hopes for that.
But what about other superhero spinoff movies? These range from traditional offerings featuring other Marvel and DC characters to superhero movies that vary in genre, like action comedies and dramatic thrillers. According to Rotten Tomatoes reviews, the reception behind the spin-offs has been mixed. Some, like Venom, did not ignite the critics, while some others conquered most of the viewers.
ten Catwoman (2004) – 9%
Starring Halle Berry in the title role, the film was a botched spin-off attempt that was late on arrival after initially being intended as a follow-up to Batman Returns. Her story departs from the Catwoman in the comics, with the character known as Patience Philips and having real cat-based powers.
He has been widely criticized for unnecessarily sexually having Catwoman, and the story of his attempt to expose the illegal activities of his former workplace did not match the villainous traits of his comic book character. The lack of connection with the extension Batman the universe was also a low point. Many agree that Berry remains perfectly chosen for her role in X Men rather than that watered-down superhero attempt.
9 Superdaughter (1984) – 9%
While Helen Slater‘s performance in the title is always welcomed, the spin-off of the original Superman the series never won over critics. He has a generic Supergirl plot to search for a MacGuffin known as the Omegaedron as part of his attempt to bring the object back to his home world.
It also didn’t feature the usual Supergirl comic book villains in favor of featuring a Hammy antagonist called Selena. Superman himself only received a passing mention, which didn’t make the film favorable when it comes to the Global Universe.
8 Elektra (2005) – 11%
Among the best when it comes to the lowest-rated Jennifer Garner films, this spin-off sought to create a daredevil universe in the continuity of the original. Elektra was brought back to life to protect a target of the criminal organization known as The Hand, which ultimately turned into a predictable love-based plot.
Just like the criticism of daredevil, critics had a problem with the presentation of the film, in that it tried too hard to be dark material but was hampered by lackluster dialogue and so-so action. Garner’s performance is believable and she would have done better if the script did the character justice.
7 Men in Black: International (2019) – 23%
The Men in black The series is part of Marvel Comics and is considered a superhero organization. 2019 spin-off sees Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thomspon team up again after their roles in Thor: Ragnarok, but with negative results. In the film, the two agents uncover the plot of an attempt by a parasitic alien race to overtake humans.
The story is forgettable as it is clear from the start that it will be one incompetent but funny partner while the other is skillful but too many numbers. The film plays more on the superhero element than the original Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones trilogy, but the lackluster action sequences are filled with too much CGI to be too entertaining.
6 Venom (2018) – 30%
Talks of a follow-up to the Venom seen in Spider-Man 3 did not materialize, but Tom Hardy ultimately portrayed the character in a new universe. The story saw Eddie Brock reluctantly bond with the symbiote and save Earth from a potential invasion. While the plot was largely unoriginal, the chemistry between Eddie and Venom is the main driving force behind the film.
Critics weren’t too happy with the obvious CGI onscreen, but the banter between the main characters was good enough that it wasn’t too much of a problem. Another issue was the lack of references to Spider-Man, which somewhat defeated the purpose of this spin-off.
5 The New Mutants (2020) – 35%
The intention to expand the X Men the universe ended up leading to an unsatisfactory start, because The new mutants was the last film in the 20-year series. Starring teenagers locked in an institution, the story tells of their collective efforts to escape and gain their freedom.
Despite the presence of quality actors like Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Willians, the film believes too much in its own hype. Horror is too much on the nose and doesn’t fit the superhero genre well, while the romantic elements feel forced. Critics also didn’t like the minimal connection to the X Men movies, because it could very well have been a standalone movie.
4 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – 37%
It appears the studio was looking to capitalize on Hugh Jackman’s popularity as a character to tell stories only comic book fans would know about Wolverine. This movie begins with Logan’s role on William Stryker’s team, then moves on to his arc of revenge against Stryker for killing his lover.
The film is largely remembered for its poor Wolverine Claws CGI and portrayal of Deadpool, who looked nothing like his comic book counterpart and came across as a generic, unrepentant villain. The portrayal of Hugh Jackman is once again well done, and at least the film can be enjoyed as a quick game.
3 Joker (2019) – 69%
Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the titular villain, as the spin-off followed the origins of The Joker. Arthur Fleck, as he is called here, becomes an anarchist after the people of Gotham City continue to treat him like dirt.
References to Batman remained relevant to the plot, as Bruce Wayne’s own origin story was set alongside his nemesis. Some critics felt the film promoted violence while those who praised the film appreciated how the story recognized the subject of grief and mental illness.
2 Birds of Prey (2020) – 79%
2016 Suicide Squad was a fallout in itself of the greater Batman universe, and the film had its own spin-off in the form of Birds of prey. Following Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn, the story shows her overcoming the Joker by protecting teenage Cassandra Cain from Black Mask, with help from the titular team.
The film was praised for broadening Harley’s horizons by portraying her as an antihero as opposed to a true villain. He was also noted for setting up other characters for future films. The chemistry between the cast is undeniable, although one downside is a relatively low-stakes plot due to the lack of a truly menacing antagonist.
1 The Lego Batman Movie (2017) – 90%
The spin-off at Lego movie, this one is entirely centered on the Caped Crusader in a family setting. After insulting the Joker, Batman finds himself the target of his rival’s greatest ploy and must reunite the Bat family. Voiced by Will Arnett, the funniest portrayal of the character has been very positively received.
The overall presentation of the film was praised for taking a serious concept and making it a light enterprise. He even manages to turn the Joker into a likeable character, while the use of lego graphics allows him to appear like a comedic film still containing action sequences.
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