10 Movies That Were Doomed Before They Were Even Released, According To Reddit

As don’t worry darling and bat girl Both proved earlier this year that not every film has a fair chance of being a success, the former because of the controversy that overshadowed its release and the latter because the decision was made to keep the film unreleased, ostensibly for financial reasons.

However, they’re far from the only films undermined by bad press and studio meddling. From 2017 justice league to the unfortunate Artemis Fowl Movie, there are several movies that Redditors believe never had a chance to ever work.


Artemis Fowl (2020)

Available on Disney+

Artemis Fowl wears a suit and sunglasses

Combining an immensely popular young adult series with a popular director in the form of Kenneth Brannagh should have been a surefire recipe for success Artemis Fowl movie, but for some it only took the release of a trailer showing the titular genius surfing the web to signal it wasn’t going to work. editor Louiebox comments: “If there’s one activity in the world that Fowl wouldn’t do, it’s surfing.”

It immediately signaled to the group, who should have been the film’s guaranteed audience, that this film would not be the faithful adaptation they wanted. On the other hand, there was no reason for a general audience to get behind a messy and confusing film that received heavily negative reviews.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Available on HBO Max

Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko

Considering it’s now considered a cult-classic psychological thriller, that’s obvious Donnie Darko did not fail for lack of a receptive audience. Instead, it was the wrong timing for Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough role. editor Smart_Falafel_7265 states that “events conspired against Donnie Darko upon his release roughly coinciding with 9/11”.

In fact, the film was released just over a month after the tragic attacks and a moment after Donnie Darko Caravan in which a jet engine fell off the roof suddenly became a marketing disaster. Actress Beth Grant narrates The ringtone that she wasn’t sure if the film would even premiere after the attacks. Thankfully, time has been kind to the film, which now has no shortage of fans.

Ben-Hur (2016)

Not currently streaming

Toby Kebbell at the chariot race at Ben Hur

Box office success is a difficult thing even for big Hollywood studios like MGM, and sometimes even great movies flop at the box office. Ben Hur however, didn’t offer even that, as critics compared it unfavorably to previous adaptations. editor fun machine thinks it was a flop that anyone could have seen coming.

They underscore the absurdity of believing it would even be a hit, commenting, “Yes, there was a Ben Hur remake.” While a recognizable title is meant to increase a film’s chances of success, the massive 1959 film is largely responsible for that Ben HurThe popularity of was produced in a golden age of biblical epics. 2016 Ben Hur wasn’t, and it’s being told in its underperformance at the box office.

Water World (1995)

Not currently streaming

Kevin Costner Waterworld Storm

don’t worry darling is far from the first film whose release has been overshadowed by negative headlines, and Water world was arguably an even worse victim in the mid-’90s. editor 10 sharks comments that “Waterworld had tons of negative press beforehand”, particularly “for going over budget”.

Dennis Hopper, who starred as The Deacon in the now-popular post-apocalyptic film, also attributes his failure to bad press AV club that he felt the studio was sabotaging itself by announcing how overbudget the film was. The massive budget also meant it had little chance of making its money back in theaters.

Justice League (2017)

Available on HBO Max

The 2017 DCEU Justice League film

Even though Zack Snyder’s Justice League has come a long way to salvage the lost reputation caused by justice league‘s high-profile failure in 2017 is still considered one of the most memorable flops in recent years. Redditor WatchBat believes that “the theatrical version of Justice League” was always doomed.

Production problems are the main reason for this. While it’s not uncommon for a film to change directors mid-production and still do well, Joss Whedon’s attempts to retune the film only culminated in his problems with tone and pacing. The internet wasn’t kind either, as Henry Cavill’s obviously CGI-removed mustache became an inside joke that made the film even harder to sell.

The Dark Tower (2017)

Available on FXNOW

Roland and Jake take a walk in the Dark Tower together

While at one point it seemed like a simple formula for box office success, there are many Stephen King adaptations that have failed and, having been critically scrutinized and failed to spawn a sequel, it’s fair to think about it The Dark Tower among them. editor robinot hoodie believes it was doomed because it “had to be a miniseries”.

The Dark Tower Book Series is a fan favorite, but with eight content books taking their time to build a unique genre-hopping world, it was hardly easy to translate into just under 90 minutes. The film tried to fail fans of the source material, thereby proving incomprehensible to unfamiliar viewers.

Fantastic Four (2015)

Available on Disney+

The Fantastic Four of 2015 stare at a large blue light in the sky

In terms of bad press before a film’s release, few films have had it worse than Fantastic Four, an attempt to reboot the superhero quartet with Josh Trank at the helm. editor Austinmyers introduced “the Fantastic Four movie of 2015” as one that was always doomed due to the studio’s interference and the director’s reaction.

As reported by CinemaBlend, Trank told the world a day before the film’s release that the “amazing” version he made would never be seen, suggesting that the one that hit theaters had been screwed up by the studio and wouldn’t be that great. Critics certainly agreed it was a poor effort, and fans apparently didn’t see much reason to show up either.

The New Mutants (2020)

Available on Disney+

The central cast of The New Mutants 2020

Despite an all-star cast that included Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy, and a connection to the well-loved X-Men Franchise, The new mutants still couldn’t recoup his budget at the box office. editor jomarthecat believes it always seemed doomed because it “was postponed so many times that it became The Old Mutants before it was released”.

Corresponding The tracking board, the film’s production was in trouble because director Josh Boone was forced to compromise his more horror-based original concept for the film, only to end up with a well-received trailer that emphasized the film’s horror elements in favor of extensive reshoots in the to arrange studio. It contributed to an incredibly long gap before the film was actually released, sabotaging its potential for success.

Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins (2021)

Available on Amazon Prime Video

Henry Golding in Snake Eyes.

One of the biggest box office flops of the last year, Snake-eyes is further proof that a big franchise name isn’t always enough to wow moviegoers. editor jomarthecat points to two main reasons why it would be guaranteed to flop, the first being how long it’s been since the last time GI Joe Movie.

Perhaps more significantly, the Snake Eyes character was “cool because he was a mystery.” With GI Joe already not really in the public consciousness, and taking away the one thing that snake eyes took away for the sake of the film left even less reason for people to show up.

Men in Black: International (2019)

Available on Starz

M and H ride bikes in Men in Black International

Although a men in black film without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as main characters was a risk from the start, Men in Black: International might still have done well had it captured the heart and humor of the earlier films. Unfortunately Redditor 1987 – Nobody thinks that would never happen.

The reason for this was a chaotic production process in which “new script pages came in every day”. Indeed a comprehensive report by The Hollywood Reporter revealed that daily rewriting was just the beginning of troubles on set, a symptom of the ongoing struggle between various forces at Sony Pictures. It was a mess that would probably never produce the smart and revived men in black Film fans wanted.

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