Howard the Duck (1986) (part 1 of 6)
Superheroes are running wild at the box office these days. Batman has had a cinematic resurrection that has been nothing short of miraculous, Iron Man not only did fantastic business but was also a fantastic film in itself, and we’ve even had a bold re-thinking of the entire genre with the release of Watchmen.
It hasn’t always been this way, however. The era of consistently good superhero films is actually pretty new. Starting with X-Men in 2000, we’ve had a pretty good run, an extremely lucky run. Before that, the only real quality superhero/comic book films had been the first two Superman films, and the first two Batman films. As for other big names, Captain America got a few bad made for TV films with Reb Brown and a truly awful 1990 version from Albert Pyun. Hell, Spider-Man only got a crappy TV movie, a recurring spot on The Electric Company, and almost a feature film from Cannon Pictures.
Second tier characters also got a shot. Dolph Lundgren portrayed the Punisher in 1989, but three years prior to this, another character from Marvel Comics made his debut on the big screen… where he was met with crushing failure. Yes folks, it’s time to delve into the world of the twenty mega-ton bomb that is Howard the Duck.