10 Recent Movies That Were Doomed Before They Even Released

Monster Hunter 2020 failed to break the video game movie curse, unlike recent years. From The Fifth Element and Resident Evil, Monster Hunter's Milla Jovovich raised hopes.


1. Monster Hunter

Vin Diesel's Bloodshot, which made just under $40 million (Box Office Mojo), failed to launch Valiant Comics due to poor reviews, pandemic-related theater closures, and lack of awareness.


2. Bloodshot

Harley Quinn was one of the most cosplayed characters at comic conventions, but Birds of Prey didn't make sense. Despite its lengthy title, the film prioritized style over substance. 


3. Birds Of Prey

Strange World debuted November 23, 2022, and Disney+ a month later. Disney's first openly gay animated lead stars, but its short release window and poor marketing hurt it (Looper).


4. Strange World

Although popular, Shazam raised questions about DCU character continuity before its release. Despite its low budget, Shazam was one of the DCEU's best-performing films, so The Numbers recommended keeping him.


5. Shazam! Fury Of The God

Prior to The Flash, Ezra Miller had legal issues, and film delays interrupted the timeline. The film was rumored to reset the DCEU into the DCU from Flashpoint. 


6. The Flash

DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed in 2022 after a major restructuring. Soon after, they announced plans to end the DCEU and create a streamlined DCU.


7. Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom

 The Marvels' complex story about three female heroes from two TV shows and a movie struggled to draw viewers. This film's lowest MCU ratings may have been due to Ms. Marvel's poor reviews (via Forbes).


8. The Marvel

Three X-Men films from 2000 to 2006 were successful, but Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Deadpool reboot failed. After X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, timelines and void stories became confusing. 


9. Dark Phoenix

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had great potential and some good performances, but bad luck with its central antagonists' actors and author controversy led to declining box office performances for each subsequent film (The Numbers).


10. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

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