Time for a new game: It’s common these days for people to voice their frustrations about various comic book movie adaptations—the ones that failed spectacularly, anyway.
Now, a lot of people have said how they could do better. But I’ve got a little turnabout in mind: how could you do worse?
The setup: You’ve become the head of the motion picture studio arm/licensee of the comic book company of your choice. Greenlighting projects, hiring writers/directors/producers, and all creative control is in your grubby hands. You’re basically the god, now.
So, your assignment: piss the fans off. Break the characters, drive the plotlines before you, and hear the lamentations of the canon. Recklessly retcon, reboot, revanche. Stop short of completely driving the company out of business. If you can.
Do this either by A) Starting films, or making changes to the franchise that you, personally, would actually like to see, but know would never float with the critics and view base (Deliberately botching a potential good idea works, too, if you say how you’d do it), or B) doing something stupid or awful on purpose. I’ll leave the details of that to your imaginations.
The only major limitation, for this project? Whatever you make, it has to be something you can at least semi-plausibly release to theaters in the United States. So you can’t just release a four-hour snuff film “starring” a kid in a Robin costume, while racial epithets are screamed over bullhorns in six different languages. (You have a little more leeway with deliberately filming stuff for the unrated DVD cut, but major felonies still aren’t going to cut it)
Extra points to whoever can do the most damage with the subtlest amount of changes. Try me.