Before Fox took a gamble on the X-Men and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man proved a hit with audiences and critics, there were superhero movies, though they weren't guaranteed box office gold like they are today. Sure, there were smash hits like Tim Burton's Batman and Superman's big-screen debut, but at this point in the genre's gestation, fan-pleasing adaptations of this quality were a rare breed.
These days, Marvel Studios has a winning formula for hitting that sweet spot between critical acclaim and commercial success every time, and directors like Christopher Nolan, James Mangold and Patty Jenkins have proven that comic book movies can offer much more than just cheap, spandex-clad thrills.
The superhero bubble is yet to burst in Hollywood and the genre is still in the midst of a great renaissance, but around two decades ago, these films were often eye-rolling affairs and a huge risk for studios. From Catwoman to Stallone's Judge Dredd, many of them succeeded only in dragging iconic characters' reputations through the mud.
That said, even the worst superhero movies have redeeming features, positives the fans are only too happy to overlook because they're still incensed the film was made in the first place, and here are some you may not have picked up on.