The Jared Leto Vampire movie is not looking good as Morbius’ Tomatometer ranking hints that it’s close to becoming the worst superhero movie of all-time
Currently, at the time of writing this, Morbius is sitting at a depressing 19% fresh rating. That is not good by any means. For reference, that’s just a few mere percentage points higher than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex, and even: Catwoman. Yes, Catwoman, the movie meant to be a spinoff for Michelle Pfeiffer before it was sold around and drained of its soul before becoming the Halle Berry leather dominatrix enthusiast film directed by a visual effects director named Pitof. Yep, just Pitof.
It’s not for lack of trying. It takes a lot of effort to create any sort of movie. Let alone, one rated so low that it hopefully, becomes somewhat of a guilty pleasure film. Jared Leto has not been very welcome in the superhero community since his portrayal of The Joker in the Snyderverse. His portrayal is without a doubt, one of the weakest when compared to the captivating performances by Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix.
But in Morbius, Leto plays the leading scientist taken from the Spider-Man stories. Whom, after suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder, hopes to save himself by messing around with genetic vampirism in the hopes of finding a cure. Though it works, he becomes a vampire, and the movie’s exploration of finding a cure and satisfying his thirst for blood, makes it seem an awful lot like the original Blade movies. Which is a bad thing given that there have been 20 years of superhero films since.
Morbius has been delayed numerous times due to the difficulties of filming during the pandemic. As to why Sony keeps adapting Spider-Man-related intellectual properties, this actually has more to do with their complex and longstanding Marvel comics contract than it does anything else. Keeping the rights to Spider-Man for Sony means adapting as many spin-offs as possible. Thankfully, the webhead has one of the best galleries of rogues in the superhero universe, arguably second only to Batman.
So far Sony has been successful in hits such as Venom, its sequel: Let There Be Carnage, and the amazing animated movie: Into The Spider-Verse. Next up for Sony will be Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter and as was confirmed, an adaption of Madame Web featuring both Sydney Sweeney and Dakota Johnson.
Still, if Morbius is this bad, one has to wonder if this strategy will prove successful the more unknown Spider-Verse heroes get adapted. I do wonder, why they don’t just make solo movies based on the Spider-Verse IPs though. I’d personally love to watch a Ben Riley, Miles Morales, Spider-Punk, Spider-Man 2077, Spider-Gwen, Gwen-Pool, Silk, or Spider-Noir movie.