Talk about characters that had really great concepts behind them, but the executions just left you cold. Here are mine:
Daredevil - Blind man who can see the world in ways the sighted can only dream of. A lawyer so frustrated by the justice system, he becomes a vigilante. An Irish Catholic who dresses up as the devil to fight for justice.
Sounds great huh? Yet I've always found the highly-rated Brubaker/Miller DD to be a noir overload - unbearably gloomy lead, one disposable femme fatale after the other and gangsters who look like they've time-travelled from the 1930s. Phil J wrote on another thread that he's tried and tried to get into DD and still can't be bothered, and I kinda feel the same way.
Green Arrow - Its a great idea : an urban Robin Hood. I imagined a mischevious trickster who outwitted mob bosses and greedy businessmen, who exposed corrupt politicians and dodged crooked cops. Batman minus the brooding, plus a social conscience.
Instead we get Oliver Queen.