Hollywood loves second chances, but not in the case, apparently
When it comes to being a director in Hollywood, it seems like some of the worst directors are giving a second chance, or third, or fourth, and so on. But not when it comes to superhero movies.
There's a worrying trend in those directors who took on a massive superhero movie and failed, and then watched their careers go into freefall afterwards.
With one or two exceptions - Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand was bad but made lots of money, and Ang Lee survived the confused reaction to his Hulk - but by and large, if you turn in a bad superhero movie, Hollywood doesn't forget, and doesn't forgiven.
SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE
Directed by: Sidney J Furie
Still considered one of the worst movies of all time, Furie was previously known for turning in some okay films (The Entity, Iron Eagles) and even some good films (The Ipcress File), but the nuclear fallout that was Superman IV put an end to all of that. He's still working away though, with Drive Me To Vegas And Mars (yes, that's the real title) due for release before the year is out.
BATMAN FOREVER / BATMAN & ROBIN
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Before he took over from Tim Burton, he was delivering solid entertainment like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill and Falling Down. Afterwards, it was mostly horrific messes like The Number 23 and Trespass. Recently he's been trying to make amends by directing a few episodes of House Of Cards, but he's got a long way to go before we'll forgive him for those Bat-Nipples.
DAREDEVIL / GHOST RIDER
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
He messed up not one but TWO separate superhero franchises, and before Netflix took over the former (and potentially also the latter, given time), this was the kind of mindless muck we had to put up with. Johnson was never given another big budget again, and has delivered a terrible rom-com (When In Rome) and a terrible Robert De Niro thriller (Killing Season) since then.
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
Directed by: Mark Neveldene and Brian Taylor
For a little while these two were almost seen as the potential saviors of modern action movies thanks to Crank and it's sequel. Then they were given the keys to the Ghost Rider franchise, and managed to make a movie worst than the original. Since then the duo have broken up, with Neveldene directing awful horror movie The Vatican Tapes, and Taylor working on his first movie in six years called Mom & Dad, about a virus that turns parents into violent killing machines against their own kids.
Directed by: David S. Goyer
As a screenwriter, Goyer has been heavily involved in superhero movies, having worked on the scripts for The Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as this year's Batman V Superman. Having also written the scripts to the first two Blade movies, the producers gave him the big seat for the third movie, and ... things didn't work out so great. For him or for us. Since then he's directed a bad horror movie (The Unborn, and what is it with superhero directors turning to horror afterwards?), and has been in TV land since then, directing episodes of cancelled shows like Flashforward and Da Vinci's Demons.
Directed by: Martin Campbell
In the cases of some of the other directors, you might be forgiven that maybe they weren't all that good to begin with, but that's not the case with Campbell, who resurrected Bond twice with GoldenEye and Casino Royale, and also made the hugely entertaining The Mask Of Zorro. However, following yet another of Ryan Reynolds' forays into superhero-land (he was also in Blade: Trinity, so thank heavens for Deadpool), he has been stuck making unheard-of TV movies. Such a shame.
THE GREEN HORNET
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine Of Spotless Mind was his masterpiece, outside of his music-video CV. Be Kind Rewind and The Science Of Sleep were less successful, but still found something of an audience. He was an inspired choice for the comedic, Seth Rogen-starring actioner, but when it flopped so hard it put a dent in the world, he retreated to indie-dramas and hasn't really been heard from since.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Time has been kinder to Cap Am's first outing, with initial box office results and critical scores being less than was hoped for after Iron Man went down like gangbusters. Johnston, who had previously scored moderate success with the likes of Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III has only directed TV movies and direct-to-DVD movies since his time with Marvel.
Directed by: Josh Trank
The most recent comic book train-wreck (time will tell how Hollywood truly reacts to Batman V Superman or X-Men: Apocalypse), Trank was another "hot property" thanks to his breakout hit Chronicle, and was lined up to direct one of the Star Wars sequels. Then Fantastic Four came out, and everything changed. There's nothing lined-up on his IMDb page as of yet, and nobody has reported on him being offered anything since Disney took away the Star Wars film. Watch this space...