Movies That Were Created As Franchise Vehicles (But Failed)

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It is difficult to include everything in a 3-hour movie. Hence, the makers come up with sequels or franchises. However, sometimes, the movies don’t happen to do good at the box office and are rejected by both critics and the audience. So, the makers are left with only one option- to forget about it. Many movies were penned down to have sequels or franchises, but they failed terribly and couldn’t go further. So, here’s a list of those movies. Check it out! Also, let us know in the comments which one you liked/disliked.


1. The Last Airbender (2010)

Movie: The Last Airbender Movies
Movie: The Last Airbender

This movie was nothing like the source material. The visual effects were extremely poor, the key characters’ names were mispronounced, and they whitewashed the diverse cast. The makers had planned to go on for a trilogy, but this movie was one of the worst movies of the year it was released in. Since then, there’s no news of the making of its sequel. However, Netflix is coming up with a live-action adaptation in the form of a series. Hope they do justice to the project.

2. Super Mario Bros. (1993)

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Movie: Super Mario Bros.

This isn’t the first movie adapted from a video game. There have been plenty. But this is certainly one of the worst video game adaptation movies ever. The movie ends on a cliffhanger and we’ll never know what will happen next. It is said that the movie didn’t suit any audience- it was scary and adult for kids and too kiddish and silly for adults! There’s no news yet of any sequel in the making. However, we do have an animated project coming up for Mario lovers.


3. Green Lantern (2011)

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Movie: Green Lantern

This movie was a total bummer. Even though it was a product from the makers of Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and The Legends of Tomorrow, it couldn’t live up to the expectations of the audience and the critics. The film was well cast, but even they couldn’t save the movie. Well, it’s not always about the cast. The storyline should also be good enough!

4. Godzilla (1998)

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Movie: Godzilla

It was Godzilla just by the name, it had nothing of that sort in the movie. The movie received negative reviews. Even though it managed to earn a profit, it was a disappointment at the box office. The makers didn’t release the name of the actor starring in the movie until it was released. This marketing gimmick was used by many later. The makers planned on a trilogy, but the reception was great and they didn’t go ahead with the plan. However, we did get a reboot in 2014 by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

5. The Golden Compass (2007)

Movie: The Golden Compass
Movie: The Golden Compass

The pacing of this movie was really bad. The makers couldn’t portray everything necessary. The movie was an adaptation of a book series named “His Dark Materials”. However, the makers completely took away the religious aspect of the book series. So much more important was missing. The movie had no depth!


6. Warcraft (2016)

Movie: Warcraft
Movie: Warcraft

The movie was a hit internationally and had good visual effects. However, it was a flop at the domestic box office. However, many felt that the storyline wasn’t worked upon. It felt disintegrated. Moreover, the dialogues weren’t impressive enough, nor were the performances by the actors. This is another unsuccessful video game adaptation movie. Sad for the movie fans, the movie won’t get any sequels.


Written by Sukanya Kumar Vasisht

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