What’s more intimidating than a slender man dressed in purple spandex? Everything, actually. But the producers of The Phantom clearly didn’t think so as they plunked down a whole lot of money to make this odd little flick. Based on the old school pulp hero of the same name, The Phantom did little to update its storytelling for a modern audience and presented ticket-buyers with a very stilted and often corny misfire.
It’s certainly not a crime against cinema, but The Phantom’s good nature just didn’t jibe well enough, and it was quickly forgotten by fans and audiences. This is also the only movie to ever try to present Treat Williams as a global threat, or Billy Zane as an action hero. Both are terrible signs.