Marvel and DC have competed at comic book shops and newsstands for decades, but the stakes are higher than ever as the two brands compete at the box office.
With marketing and promotion included, the production budget of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was likely north of $400 million, which makes its impressive $860 million worldwide haul slightly less impressive. But failing to hit $1 billion isn’t the biggest mistake DC has ever made.
In fact, it’s not even close.
In a new video, Screen Rant has put together a list of the nine biggest mistakes in DC movie history, starting with one of the most egregious: Superman turning back time by flying around the planet really fast.
Spoiler alert, but in 1978’s Superman: The Movie, Superman discovers that the aftershock of a nuclear missile killed Lois Lane. Distraught, the hero begins flying “backwards” around the planet at unimaginable speeds, turning back time and giving himself another chance to save the love of his life.
Jumping ahead, another massive miscalculation came in the form of the Green Lantern movie in 2011. Not only was the movie critically panned for its headache-inducing plot and total lack of chemistry between its characters, but Ryan Reynolds’ CG suit was laughably bad, enough to distract from the movie.
Finally, we come to Batman v Superman. Disparaged by critics and fans alike, DC’s superhero brawl might have been doomed before anyone even put pen to paper, as the audience never had the same connection with these characters that they did with any hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out the rest of DC’s biggest mistakes below: