What happens when you cast a prominent actor known for a lead role in an action TV series to star in a comic book movie spinoff from an existing franchise? Obviously you end up with... a commercial and critical flop that becomes a byword for missteps in the genre. Wait, that can't be right.
The early 2000s were a time of great experimentation in comic book movies. Sometimes those experiments paid off and spawned giant franchises. Other times they did well enough to get a sequel or two before fading away. And then there were the one-offs that, for what ever reason, never came back. Today we are considering a movie in the last category, one that never got a sequel (although there was a spinoff). And I happen to think we missed an opportunity to see another adventure from the Man Without Fear.