What the 5 Worst Comic Book Movies Can Teach You About Investing in Media Stocks

Even if you aren't a comic book fan, chances are you know some of the genre's biggest bombs. I mean, is there anyone left who isn't aware of Ben Affleck's failure to deliver in Daredevil a decade ago? The stink of that film has some fans protesting Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) choice to have him play Batman in the next big DC Comics movie adaptation, due in July 2015.

We can expect to see more high-profile flameouts now that comic book movies have become common. It's the law of large numbers: More adaptations will bring more successes, and more failures.

How can investors know which studios are developing winning properties, without the aid of a crystal ball? The following slideshow outlines my process and then adds details on some of the genre's biggest losers. As for the winners? Our analysts have four stock ideas we'd like to present to you. Their full report is available free, right now, when you click here.

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  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2013, at 6:46 PM, UpstartCrow76 wrote:

    I feel compelled to comment here only because of the inclusion of Scott Pilgrim on this list. Scott was an amazing movie, faithful to the comic, with an outstanding blend of music, video games and comics. It may not have made its productions budget but to classify it as one of the worst comic book movies is sad and short-sighted.

  • Report this Comment On September 01, 2013, at 5:09 AM, myka1319 wrote:

    Dredd was a very good & underrated film putting it on the worst comic book film list is ridiculous . Yet You leave off the horrible 97's Batman & Robin ? One of the worst films ever made ! Almost single handily destroyed a whole franchise ! Far worst than anything on this list !

  • Report this Comment On September 01, 2013, at 8:17 AM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    How could you not include Superman IV: The Quest for Peace or Batman & Robin?

    Those two movies were so terrible that they were directly responsible for killing their respective movie franchises. After Superman IV in 1987, there wasn't another Superman movie until 19 years later (... which also wasn't that good). After Batman & Robin, it took a canceled sequel and 8 years to get the Nolan Batman Begins reboot.

    One of Superman's powers in The Quest for Peace was 'Great Wall of China Brick Repair Vision'. And I wish I was joking about that. Not to mention it had the worst production values you will ever see in a major comic book movie property. Second-rate film school freshmen year movie assignment kind of bad.

    Drinking game: Down a shot of tequila every time they use the same exact Superman flight special effect. Actually... no. No, no, no. Don't do that. Terrible idea. You'd get blackout drunk before you got to the end of the movie. They reused it THAT much.

    And Batman & Robin. Where do I start? Oh, I know... bat nipples! Bat nipples and multiple closeups of leather-clad crotches and derrieres. And all of those ice and plant puns from Frost and Ivy. Just nonstop.

    Both are good 'bad' movies though. Very fun to watch with a group of people and laugh about just how terrible they are (especially The Quest for Peace).

    Dishonorable mention: Catwoman staring Halle Berry. Not a good 'bad' movie though. Just normal bad.

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