Having a movie franchise is great. You get to go into detail as a director and explore all aspects of the story while clearly explaining it to the audience. Once, the first movie is a success, the forthcoming ones barely need any promotion as the fans are already anticipating them. Over the years, filmmakers have seen this as an opportunity for easy money and often made sequels to their films. Make sure that the first movie is successful and you hardly need to anything for the sequel except announcing its release. This formula has reaped dividends for them and they continue to use it.
Now, there have been some excellent film franchises like ‘The Godfather’ series, Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘X-Men’ series and ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. But at times, directors have overdone it. Films which would have been excellent stand-alone were unnecessarily made into franchises. As if one bad film of torture wasn’t enough, some decided to add to the suffering. Here is the list of worst movie franchises which should never have been made.
12. Divergent (2014-present)
‘Divergent’ series shows how being based on novels is not enough for a film to be successful. Three films overall and none of them justify the novel’s greatness. The first ‘Divergent’ film is still kind of okay but the next two are just meant to give you a headache. A perfect story of a dystopian world where people are divided into factions and each faction has a specific role is spoilt by how the writers chose to focus the whole story on Tris. All the three films run on the same line of Tris revolting against the system and holding the key to the future. Unfortunately, there is a TV series adaptation on the way. A sheer misuse of the talented cast, The Divergent Series should not be watched even on the last breath.
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11. Transformers (2007-present)