10 Comic Book Movies Everyone Loves To Hate

10. Captain America (1979)


When you think of Captain America, you probably don’t imagine him as a surfer living in 70s California (played by a former football player) whose costume includes a blue crash helmet with the letter A clumsily pasted on the front.

Welcome to TV movie hell.

Richard Donner’s Superman movie was tearing up the box office, so it must’ve made sense to the suits at Universal Television to put into production a movie based on another comic book property. Made quickly and cheaply, Captain America makes you realize just how difficult it is to make a decent superhero movie.

In the lead, Reb Brown comes across the way he usually does – like a former athlete who’s landed on his head once too often. He’s not helped by a dull script that lacks any real action, although once Cap gets his “high tech motorcycle” there are scattered unintentional laughs to be had as the filmmakers try to impress the viewer despite their obviously low budget.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'