The casualty: director Stephen Norrington
Stephen Norrington's brief stint in Hollywood certainly began with success: His first shot at big-time filmmaking, 1998's Marvel Comics adaptation Blade, cashed out with over $130 million worldwide on a $45 mil budget and granted star Wesley Snipes a profitable and mostly well-received franchise. Five years later, it was time for Norrington to strike comic book adaptation gold once again with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on notoriously anti-movie writer Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel and given a prime, blockbuster-specific July release date.
Despite the fact that the film raked in over $170 million worldwide, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen remains an abysmal mishmash of moronic dialogue, incoherent action sequences, and low-grade acting in the eyes of sensical movie lovers. One so bad that it inspired co-star Sean Connery to retire from acting. And Norrington has yet to make another movie, having helplessly watched studios rid him of assignments like Ghost Rider and Clash of the Titans. Clearly, the producers revisited The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen before upgrading Norrington's pre-production attachments to actual on-set directing.