Movies that kill franchises

  1. Transformers: The Movie

Killed every character anyone cared about.

Ruined the Transformers line.

Cut so deep into Hasbro’s bottom line, I haven’t seen a commercial from them in a decade.

Phantom Menace. It killed Star Wars for me, even if it was a commercial success for Lucas.

Transformers: The Movie

Didn’t see it. Did the characters that were killed off actually die in the movie, or did the movie just make them somehow so unsavory that interest in them died off.

If it is the first one, you would think someone hollywood script writer could bring them back to life.

Rocky 3 was my limit for Rocky movie franchise.

They were all killed, literally.

Optimus Prime was brought back, but way too late.

Star Trek is an obvious target for this thread, but I imagine opinions will vary on which film dealt the killing blow.

So you’re saying you think the Star Trek franchise is dead. That’s just messed up, man. Really messed up.

You obviously missed the part where they bought TSR and Wizards of the Coast, and made almost one billion dollars in one year from Pokemon cards.

THEN they went into the crapper.

1, 3, 5, generations, insurrection, nemesis.

Nemesis is the only even-numbered one to truly suck.

I know they bought TSR… and killed it. Also Microprose, if I’m not mistaken.

Didn’t realize that WOTC was a Hasbro property.

My interest in the X-Files had already begun to fade at that point, but the movie pretty much put the nail in the coffin.

WotC bought TSR years and years ago. Hasbro bought WotC, which included TSR.

Ultra Magnus was really cool.

Highlander 2
Blade 3 (some argue it’s 2, but 3 is inarguably terrible)
Halloween 3
Friday the 13th 3
Jaws 2
Terminator 2 (not really, but the whole time travel bit is fuxored by the sequels)
Alien3 (Psyche, everyone died!)
Phantom Menace: exact time: Midichlorians and the Immaculate Conception of Anakin.
2010: The Year We Belabor the Cold War
Indiana Jones 4, apparently.

I thought the series still had life when the movie came out. I enjoyed the film, although I wondered how it got released when it would have been unfathomable to anyone unfamiliar with the series. Anyhow, if you felt the series died with the movie, you’ll be shocked at what they did to the body in the final seasons. I think even Whitta would be revolted at the desecration.

Back on topic:
Police Academy 1 (1984)
Batman Forever (the 3rd one; '95)
Batman & Robin (the 4th one; '97) - because Hollywood thought it was just mostly dead

Ultra Magnus was a feeble Optimus wanna-be. And Rodimus Prime was just lame.

I’m still bitter that they killed off both Wheeljack and Ratchet, the creators of the Dinobots.

Hell, at least technically any “killed” Decepticons (Skywarp, Thundercracker, all the Insecticons, Ramjet) were actually just transformed into Cyclonus, Scourge, and the Sweeps.

But the Autobots, man, they killed off Prowl, Ironhide, Wheeljack, Ratchet, Sunstreaker, and a ton of minibots. I’m not sure why they kept Jazz and Cliffjumper alive, though.

1, 3, 5, generations, insurrection, nemesis.

Nemesis is the only even-numbered one to truly suck.[/quote]
How can you like 2 and not Nemesis? They are almost completely identical.


2 was new for its time.

Nemesis was a pretty unenthusiastic rehash.

Plus, 2 had great speeches like:

Kirk: “Khan . . . you . . . bloodsucker . . . . You’re going to . . . have to come down to . . . get . . . me!”

Khan: “I will leave you, KARRK, as you left me . . . alone, on a dead world, buried alive . . . buried alive . . . .”


See, Nemesis had nothing even close to as awesome as that.