Batman and Robin voted worst film ever
With its wooden performances and superhero nipples, Batman and Robin was the film that almost killed the DC Comics superhero franchise. Now readers of Empire magazine have voted the Joel Schumacher flick the worst film of all time in a new poll.
Featuring George Clooney as the caped crusader in one of his first major starring roles, and with Chris O'Donnell as his plucky sidekick, Empire said the comic-book movie had "become a byword for franchise-killing and bad movie-making". It garnered almost three times as many votes as the next placed film, the widely ridiculed Battlefield Earth, a John Travolta vehicle released in 2000, based on the book by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
Third place went to Mike Myers's ill-conceived 2008 comedy The Love Guru, which saw the Austin Powers star as an American-born, Indian-raised self-help expert, while the fourth spot was taken by the 1980 turkey Raise the Titanic, the fictional story of efforts to bring the remains of the ocean liner to the surface of the Atlantic.
The top five was rounded out by the parody film Epic Movie, described by Empire as "a lazy collection of recreations of scenes from blockbuster movies and, for no obvious reason, the likes of Nacho Libre and Borat, but with added scatological humour".
Other films to make the top 10 included 1980's Heaven's Gate, Michael Cimino's famously disastrous follow-up to his phenomenally successful 1978 film The Deer Hunter, and Britain's own Sex Lives of the Potato Men, a 2004 comedy that starred Johnny Vegas and Mackenzie Crook as a pair of horny potato delivery men in Birmingham.
The top 10 turkeys
4. Raise The Titanic
5. Epic Movie
6. Heaven's Gate
7. Sex Lives Of The Potato Men
8. The Happening
9. Highlander II: The Quickening
10. The RoomSource: Guardian Online