Neil Gaiman's Law of Superhero Movies

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Norrin Radd, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. suarezguy

    suarezguy Commodore Commodore

    Jun 9, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    Eh, fidelity to the source material is just one factor. Prior to Marvel adaptations and Batman Begins, a lot of the films were just based on or using characters (or the ideas behind the characters), filmmakers putting their own spin on the characters not the actual comic book. The first 3 Batman films did well despite pretty much being their own thing, Daredevil was made by a huge fan, replicating some material, but didn't do fantastically, and its debatable how close the X-Men movies were-arguably a source of their strength was that it made the characters and look accessible and realistic rather than too complex or fantastic.

    I'd say that the Potter movies, aside from the third, were faithful, in fact too overloaded, and they were still successful.
  2. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    The Harry Potter films were based on novels, though. The subject here seems to be pretty focused on comic books, no?
  3. Gojirob

    Gojirob Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 10, 2001
    Going Super Diclonius 4...
    The one and only thing that I found hard to take in V the film was his forgiving of the British people, because of the kind of leaders they were saddled with. In the novel, he basically told them they got what they had chosen and deserved. The other stuff-well, even Moore said that his initial WW3 scenario had bigger and bigger holes as time went on. I will say that when I loaned out the novel to some younger friends, they were at a loss as to why 'all this wasn't in the movie'.

    We certainly hope for good movie adaptations, and as we've seen, the closer they hew to what makes the comics work, the better. But maybe there's a good even in the bad. The late 50's and early 60's had the 'white covers', songs sung by African-American artists made 'palatable' with white artists. If an Elvis or Bill Haley sang it, good. If a Pat Boone, not so much. Then you have Americanized anime. In both cases, a cutting-edge product is diluted and only some good things from the original make it through, again, better in some cases than others. But the chief effect to my mind is this : People ditched Boone and bought Little Richard; People ditched the dubs and wanted the subs (or even sub-less). Even a huge steaming stinker of a pile can draw interest to the original comic or graphic novel, thus expanding the base of fans who will say, circa 2011-2013 -

    "Why is Luke Cage a college professor, while Danny Rand is a greaser punk with an interest in ballet?"