5 Awful Movies That Made Great Masterpieces Possible

5 Awful Movies That Made Great Masterpieces Possible
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You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, and without these failures, some of the greatest modern films would never have been made.

Failure is an important part of success, and that goes for the movie industry as well, as sometimes absolute disasters pave the way for some truly great projects, intentionally or not.

So here are five terrible movies without which many masterpieces would not have been made.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Wolverine's first solo film, which was supposed to kick off a series of X-Men prequel movies, is often considered one of, if not the worst film in the entire franchise.

However, without it, we wouldn't have gotten movies as great as 2016's Deadpool, as Ryan Reynolds learned the lesson of the previous failed attempt to bring the character to the big screen.

We also wouldn't have gotten 2017's Logan, which beautifully wrapped up the character's journey (well, until it was announced that Hugh Jackman would reprise the role in Deadpool 3 ).

Critters 3 (1991)

The utterly embarrassing Critters 3, which was completely destroyed by critics and audiences, doesn't seem particularly important, but it was Leonardo DiCaprio 's feature film acting debut.

It opened the doors to Hollywood for him, and without it we might not have had Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, and many other DiCaprio performances.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( 1992)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become a cult classic over the years, but let's not forget that it all started with the 1992 feature film of the same name, which received a rather cold reception from critics and fans alike.

Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman & Robin was the final nail in the coffin of the Batman movie series that began with Tim Burton's 1989 film and is considered one of the worst superhero movies of all time.

However, if it hadn't killed the franchise, which was already on a rapid decline after 1995's Batman Forever, we wouldn't have gotten Christopher Nolan 's gritty and realistic Batman trilogy, which took a completely different approach to the superhero genre.

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999)

Yes, Episode I caused a serious backlash upon its release, but it was also a revolution in the special effects industry.

George Lucas' flawed creation showed what CGI could do and paved the way for such titans as The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, among countless others.