There was a time when comic book heroes were considered nothing more than throw-away entertainment for the kiddies.  This meant that when Batman came to the big screen in the 40s, it was as a relatively embarrassing live-action version of himself.  He had it better than Captain America, though, who lost nearly everything about his identity that people recognize, including his shield, life as a soldier and the name “Steve Rogers.”  Then again, I’m not sure anything could be more off-putting than the Martian Manhunter in the unaired 90s Justice League pilot, a role that even the brilliance of David “Major Winchester” Ogden-Stiers could salvage, leading to today’s liberal arts query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Jack Reacher is supposed to be 6′ 5″ and Tom Cruise…  is not, asking: What’s the most embarrassing live-action outing by one of your favorite comic or literary characters?


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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Jeez. Alec Baldwin’s Shadow or Billy Mumy’s The Phantom.

    Hmmm. Tough choice.

    I think I will go with whatever Billy Crystal was doing in The Princess Bride. That really pissed me off.

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