It takes more than a hot actor in Spandex to make a good superhero movie. While we wish that every film about a caped crusader was as great as 'Spider-Man' or 'X-Men,' there are plenty more that make us cringe.

We count down the 10 superhero movies that are worse than the deadliest villain, featuring some heroes who should know better (oh, Superman), one notorious feline failure (meow!) and some crimefighters who should have stayed in the comics (ahem, Daredevil).

Worst Superhero Movies

    It takes more than a hot actor in Spandex to make a good superhero movie. While we wish that every film about a caped crusader was as great as 'Spider-Man' or 'X-Men,' there are plenty more that make us cringe.

    We count down the 10 superhero movies that are worse than the deadliest villain, featuring some heroes who should know better (oh, Superman), one notorious feline failure (meow!) and some crimefighters who should have stayed in the comics (ahem, Daredevil).

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    10. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

    Superman's bid to rid the world of nuclear weapons is noble to be sure, but it would have been preferable that he destroyed all copies of this film. It's rife with awful dialogue, shoddy effects and a Fabio-esque villain named Nuclear Man -- who happens to be the DNA "lovechild" of Lex Luthor and Supes (gross). It's Kryptonite to anyone with taste.

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    9. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

    Comics maestro Alan Moore's graphic novel was challenging source material, to be sure -- Tom Sawyer as one of a group of Victorian-era action heroes? Puzzling. So it wasn't really a shocker that director Stephen Norrington's ('Blade') 'League' was not extraordinary; just too bad that it was downright boring.

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    8. The Punisher (2004)

    Back in 1989, Dolph Lundgren starred in a low-rent adaptation of 'The Punisher.' It wasn't very good ... but it's 'Superman' compared to the 2004 version. Starring a charisma-free Thomas Jane as a rogue special agent who goes after the thugs who murdered his family, the film is about as thrilling as cutting your toenails. At least the title is accurate.

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    7. Daredevil (2003)

    Co-stars (and future spouses) Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner met while making this movie -- and that's pretty much the only nice thing to say about it. Affleck's superhero alter ego is blind, but should he be dumb, too? With incomprehensible action sequences, cheesy dialogue and hammy performances, 'Daredevil' is truly from hell.

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    6. Supergirl (1984)

    This ill-advised 'Superman' spinoff -- which depicts Kal-El's hot cousin Kara (Helen Slater) battling a modern-day wicked witch and stars Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole and Mia Farrow -- feels like the bastard stepchild of the Supes films. The effects are so cheesy and story so lame that they make 1987's disastrous 'Superman IV' look like a downright masterpiece.

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    5. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

    If there's one thing the filmmakers of 'Fantastic Four' learned from 'Part I,' it's that movies with cheesy special effects and bland characters can still gross $154 million at the box office. 'Silver Surfer' is even more dumbed down than its predecessor, while the heroes remain bland and battle one of the least-fearsome CGI villains we've seen yet.

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    4. Ghost Rider (2007)

    Nicolas Cage has such a thing for superheroes that he named his son Kal-El -- and that's only the second most bizarre superhero-related decision he's made in his life. The first, of course, was taking on the lead role in this motorcyclist-from-hell disaster. When little Kal-El is old enough, he'll be able to ask, "Why, dad? ... Why did you make 'Ghost Rider'?"

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    3. Elektra (2005)

    So 'Daredevil' wasn't awful enough for you? Can we interest you in a spin-off? Not even the promise of eyeing Jennifer Garner in a bright-red satin bustier could help save this nearly unwatchable bomb released in mid-January of '05. But hey, at least Ben and Jen lived happily ever after ... for now.

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    2. Batman & Robin (1997)

    What seemed like a no-brainer -- heartthrob George Clooney as Batman -- turned into a movie for people with no brains: awful dialogue, campy direction, character development skimpier than Uma Thurman's costume. But if Ahnuld ever runs for president, his Mr. Freeze line "Let's kick some ice!" will KILL in Alaska.

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