"The Crow" aside, the mid-'90s were not a great time for superheroes on the big screen. "Batman Forever" was a noticeable step down from the two Tim Burton films, and duds like "The Shadow" and an unreleased "Fantastic Four" movie further sullied the genre. Then came "The Phantom," an inert adaptation of the long-running comic strip starring Billy Zane and his purple suit. It made only $17 million at the box office.
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