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I know a lot of people complain about the new Star Wars movies. And the prequels. And everything that isn't Empire Strikes Back. But one thing is for sure, that franchise will never go away.

Other franchises aren't so lucky. While one may have a good starter movie, as time goes on, they can decrease in quality. Here are a few of the worst ones.

U/Legal-Cartographer-1 asked: What's the movie so bad that it killed off the whole franchise?

When franchises end on a really strong movie, that's a beautiful thing. Back to the Future 3, Army of Darkness--a good finale leaves a series on a powerful note. Safe to say, that's incredibly rare.


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. There were 3 more books in the PJ story plus all of Rick Riordan's other books/spin-offs. There was so much potential and it was just botched.


The first movie already killed it to some degree. Too many things were left out to the point where they would have to completely redo the story of the third book if they wanted to turn it into a movie.


​It was worth it for the memes.

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When the Cat in the Hat movie with Mike Meyers was released, Dr. Seuss's (Theodore Geisel's) wife Audrey was so disappointed and disgusted with how it turned out, she never approved of any more live action adaptations.

Subsequent films have now instead only used computer animation adaptations instead of live action studio versions.


Cat in the Hat was a compromise Myers made with the studio after he refused to fill his contract to make the Sprockets movies because he didn't like the script. Think about that for a second, the Sprockets script was so bad that Cat in the Hat was the better option.


‘Pirates’ was an exception.

Disney's The Lone Ranger and John Carter were both supposed to be the first of a series, like Pirates of the Caribbean.


I feel like Pirates of the Caribbean was supposed to be a one off movie that ended up so successful they decided to turn it into a franchise.


​At least Ryan Reynolds liked it.

'Green Lantern'. They had big plans for sequels and a wide story arc but because the movie bombed at the Box Office all of that was scrapped.


Ryan Reynolds finally saw it recently and he thought it wasn't actually that bad.


What some may call a massive flop, others may call the perfect tragic finale. In a way, bad movies are their own art form.

Ok, this would’ve been awesome.

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I heard there were plans for a Stephen King cinematic universe of some sort, but given how badly the Dark Tower did that's probably never going to happen now.


Harry Potter messed everything up.

Allegiant: the movie after Divergent and Insurgent. The end of the Divergent series was never made into a movie because Allegiant turned out so badly.


Didn't they also overcomplicate the conclusion? I think because Harry Potter split the last book into 2 movies, everyone around that time tried to do the same for a cash grab (looking at you, Hunger Games). So they split the last book into 2 movies, then changed the last movie into a tv miniseries, but forgot to check with the cast first. Since it wasn't in their contract and they didn't want to do it, they bailed.

I thought I remembered reading that somewhere. I'm not a YA book reader, but an avid movie watcher who struggles with incomplete stories. I always have to finish a story once I start, no matter how bad it is. I've only ever stopped watching 3 movies in my whole life. 2 were Tom Cruise movies.


​This one disappointed a lot of people.

The Last Airbender. I'm guessing by the ending they had elaborate plans to turn this into a franchise of all the seasons. Wow. So horribly bad. Also, prior to the movie I had never even watched an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I had an even greater appreciation of how bad they f*cked up after watching them all during the pandemic. Ouch.


​Speaking of disappointments, here are a few more. RIP these franchises.

Genuinely tragic.

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Queen of the Damned.

Interview with the Vampire was amazing. 8 years later they skipped the 2nd book in the series and went to the 3rd. I don't know why. The 2nd book, The Vampire Lestat, was the best in the series. Maybe they couldn't get Tom Cruise to continue, and just decided that would be the end of it. Then some jack@ss came up with the idea to do a sh!t job of Queen of the Damned and ... ugh.


​They didn’t even break even.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The most expensive indie film and most expensive European film of all time ($200+ million budget) and it barely broke even at the box office, probably netting a 9-figure loss when factoring in marketing and publicity costs.

Neither Cara Delevingne nor Dane DeHaan have worked much since, though this was hardly the first franchise killer either of them have been involved with (Suicide Squad for Delevingne, The Amazing Spider Man 2 for DeHaan),


Thank goodness for that.​

The Mummy with Tom Cruz. It was meant to kick off an entire "Dark Universe" of horror movie remakes but it was horrible.


The Mummy was their second "first movie in a cinematic universe". Dracula Untold was their previous attempt, which also bombed.


It's true, for every Army of Darkness, there are ten terrible sequels. Sometimes, franchises are best just left alone after the first film.

Let it be known, just because they spent a lot of money on it, doesn't mean it's gonna be good.

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