So a week before Steven Spielberg made his comments about super hero and comic book movies, I pitched this exact article idea to my editor here, Noemi. All I had to do was write it before the other pieces I pitched and I would have made the statement a week or two before one of the greatest directors of all time. Now I just sound like I am following his lead (Editor’s note: this was pitched before the comment was made), but I’m not. He is just right and we are on the same page. Now keep in mind, I have been collecting comics since I was seven years old, so this is NOT me dissing comic book movies. But I also write A LOT about movies, so this is more from the angle of someone who is aware of trends and algorithms in film. Not to toot my own horn, but these predictions have proven right many times over (that article was dropped BEFORE Star Wars reboots were even a thought). So I am on to something here. But I am also warning everyone, before 2017, a comic book movie backlash is going to kick in. Just watch. You can only force feed so much of the same thing to someone before they gag on it. That is where society is at with comic book movies (and almost justifiably so).
There are so many comic book and graphic novels getting made into movies, but they are all cut from the same cloth. Superhero or superhero team stop massive, intergalactic threat against humanity. Yes, it is fun, but there are a shit-ton of graphic novels out there right now that could be adapted into films that would be a great deal more original than all the lookalike comic book films we are getting currently. Comics and graphic novels do not always need spandex clad superheroes to tell amazing stories, as proven by these 5 graphic novels that need to be made into movies stat. Keep in mind, this list has everything from talking animals to a sexed out sci fi epic that could redefine the genre if someone had enough balls to actually try and adapt it.
When Tim Burton was fresh off his two amazing Batman movies, Warner Bros. was looking for him to scoop up a new project they had. They thought Tim would be the perfect fit for the new Superman movie they were working on, Superman Lives. The way they figured it, Burton had such a unique take on Batman, if he brought that same creativity and passion to Superman, he could make the character cool and interesting again. I know you are all thinking Tim Burton (at his peak) would’ve made an awesome Superman movie, he also would’ve made an utterly insane Superman movie, and one I am sad I will never get to see. What you can see, though, is the new movie about making the movie that was never made. This is why you need to watch The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened.
First and foremost, I need to let you know this is all purely speculation at this point. What I can tell you is, I have read comics since birth and have seen every comic book movie ever made. I also write for a living, which will point at me slightly knowing how writer’s mind’s work (especially GEEK writers). But reality is, I have read enough Batman and Superman comics and have seen enough film adaptations to have a pretty solid idea of what is going down in the Dawn of Justice trailer, and what we can (probably) expect from 2016’s biggest movie.
Again, to reiterate, this is a speculative pieces based on my full knowledge of the DC universe and how movies play out. I apologize if it ends up being inaccurate, but it wont. I am just THAT good.
When it comes to comics, there is absolutely no doubt that DC and Marvel dominate the scene, but there are many other comic creators out there who produce excellent work. Indie comics usually have a niche following, and they need all the help they can get to spread the word.
That’s exactly why we’re featuring Dark Moon Indie Motion comic, which brings another dimension to the comic book reading experience.
Creator Tom Freeman gave us a tip about the comic, and it got us interested enough to share with you comic book lovers.
Here’s a quick look at the storyline.
The story is about Dante, a scientist in the late 21st century, who is working on teleportation technology when a cataclysmic event, a meteor strike near his hometown of San Francisco, causes him to have to use the transporter to transport him and six others to safety.
They make it to a distant moon, but they find out their problems are just beginning…
You can read the comic in digital version, all the while listening to an original soundtrack created specially for the story. Alternatively, you can watch their YouTube series, or read the print copy. You can also download the soundtrack so you have the same experience.
Take a look at the artwork, which may very well convince you to give the series a try.
Have a taste of the soundtrack here.
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Sorry to say this, but comic books and graphic novels are as integral and important an aspect of geek culture as video games and sci fi movies (or long-winded high fantasy books). You may call yourself a geek, but if you have not experienced these five insane and awesome graphic novels for yourself, in my opinion, you are only partially a geek. A FULL geek knows that comics are a huge part of our culture, and were essential in forming us into antisocial dreamers we are today. Though everyone may know Batman and Superman and the X-Men, there is much more to comics and graphic novels than just dudes who wear spandex and fight bad guys (though not to undermine, that is a HUGE aspect of it). Here are 5 graphic novels you all have no excuse for not reading, as they will make you better at being a geek.
Right now, when it comes to comic book adaptations, anything goes. If you had told my teenage geek self that Deadpool and Ant Man and Avengers and Batman VS. Superman would have been eventual movies, I would’ve called you a liar and ran off crying because of your cruel lies. Thing is, here we are. We are in a modern comic book renaissance unlike anything the nerd world hath ever seen before. Yes, I used hath on purpose, as it sounded very epic. But if you look, they are pretty much tapping out all the main characters from the big name comics. Soon, they will be running out of characters they can make movies from. Nope. No they wont. Here are six weird comic book characters who deserve their own movies (and will probably all eventually get one at this rate).
Batman is arguably the most popular character in the DC Universe, and if you’re new to comics, you may very well want to start with the Caped Crusader.
As it is with practically all comics, overwhelming is a good word to describe the feeling one gets when deciding to start – and where. Here’s a bit of help, if you want to go read up on Batman: five must read Batman stories.
1. Detective Comics #27
Where is the best place to start? The beginning, of course.
Detective Comics #27 was released in 1939, and it was where Batman/Bruce Wayne made his first appearance. Some distinguishing elements of Batman’s character revealed in his first appearance remain today: billionaire playboy, the Batcave, his costume (although it has changed over the years, of course), and the utility belt. Oh, and Gordon, who has something to say about Bruce Wayne the billionaire.
Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap – but he certainly must lead a boring life… seems disinterested in everything. – Commissioner Gordon
Here’s an awesome thing: the comic is free at ComiXology, so get it now!
2. Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Long Halloween takes the reader to the early days of Batman’s fight against crime. It revolves around the mystery of Holiday, a killer who pounces only during – you got it – holidays. Batman teams up with Gordon and Harvey Dent to catch the killer.
This storyline also leads up to the turning of Harvey Dent into the villain Two-Face.
Batman: The Long Halloween is available on Amazon in Kindle, Library Binding, and Paperback.
3. Batman: Dark Victory
Batman: Dark Victory is a limited series edition with 14 parts. Written by Jeph Loeb and by Tim Sale, this is a sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, so it’s a must read Batman story as well.
The main players are Two-Face, who is entangled with a mob war for Gotham’s underworld, and the Hangman, a serial killer. Of course, Batman has to deal with these villains.
Another reason to read this comic is that this is the point where Dick Grayson (aka the first Robin) comes into the picture.
Get Batman: Dark Victory.
4. The Killing Joke
I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! – The Joker
Common consensus is that this is the story that truly established The Joker’s insanity, together with his love-hate (if you can call it that) relationship with Batman.
The Joker’s main goal here is to prove that all it takes is one bad day to turn a good man mad; and he does what he can to push Jim Gordon to that madness. Just as interesting are the references to The Joker’s past, when he was not the villain we know.
Get the The Killing Joke.
5. The Court of Owls
With DC’s the New 52 reboot, you might as well get into this version of Batman, and one good entry point is The Court of Owls.
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?
Get the NYT #1 best-selling graphic novel The Court of Owls.
I don’t know about hard numbers supporting the idea that gamers are also huge comic book fans, but if you happen to be a combination of both, and you have an iOS device, then you will want to download the iOS racer game SXPD.
The game is indeed the world’s first game-comic book hybrid and is drawn by Duke Mighten (Batman: Book of Shadows and Judge Dredd) in pen and ink, making the scenes rather breathtaking, not to mention giving you the feeling that you’re playing through a comic book story. Gaming and comic books, what else can you want?
Here’s the launch trailer to tease you a bit.
SXPD used to be for the iPad only, but a recent update has made the game compatible with the iPhone as well. If you want your comics to be more high-speed and exhilarating, the download SXPD. Oh, and if I were you, I’d do it NOW because it’s free as opposed to the original price of $1.99 (you never know when the price goes back up).
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For many movie buffs, a first visit to a comic store may often turn into a surprise as they discover how many popular movies – or TV series – are actually based on a comic franchise.
In last decade, sometimes roles have been reversed – a popular movie makes it to the smaller, drawn format, sometimes as a continuation of the movie, but also sometimes set before the movie’s timeline. A perfect example is BOOM! Studios’ excellent 28 Days Later series, published from 2009 to 2011. The series, starring Selena – as well as two new characters Derrick and main antagonist Captain Stiles – is set only some weeks after the original Aronofsky feature film and closes with panes referring to the sequel 28 Weeks Later.
BOOM! Studios have almost single-handedly – or should we say “single-studioedly” – created a new genre out of this. We should also count the Die Hard: Year One series, the Planet of the Apes Series (published since 2011), not to mention owning the license to Marvel’s Hellraiser franchise co-authored by none else than Clive Barker since December 2010.
This summer, BOOM! is back at it with a new series, once more based on a cult film. The three-volumes-old Big Trouble in Little China is based on John Carpenter’s cult hit from 1986, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Burton.
Fans of Carpenter’s movie will immediately feel at home when reading the series written by Eric Powell, of The Goon fame, and illustrated by Brian Churilla, who worked on BlackAcre and Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet.
The series picks up immediately after the end of the movie, in which truck driver Burton deals with Lo-Pan. The reader is immediately confronted with 80s art work, reminding one of Patrick Swayze, but also the original movie poster for Carpenter’s film. (This can either be the hook or the turn-off, depending how you feel about Patrick Swayze.)
After an almost 30-year-long wait, fans discover the monster Pete again, as Jack Burton and the demon fill the first frames and pages of the series opener.
Soon the reader is drawn in the all too familiar snappy Burton dialogue, as well as regular fights, in which Pete – who manages to often draw a smile from the reader with his at times inappropriate behaviour – tends to keep short, allowing Big Trouble in Little China to maintain great pace and quirkiness.
Big rig driving and multiple times married Jack Burton cannot resist cracking jokes at the expense of his ex-partners, but Churilla’s artwork integrates these jokes in an often hilarious way without making our preferred truck driver too much of a redneck persona. (No offense meant.)
The series is planned to be 12 volumes long, and according to Powell, the team has the intention to let Jack visit different locations, as well as create different story plots, allowing readers to be able to pick up any episode without needing to follow a complete story arc. Several of the characters on the movie also make a return, such as Egg Chan and Wang Chi.
Aside from the similarites/connections mentioned, the comic series is new writing, not based on previously existing unpublished material, according to Powell.
John Carpenter has served as a consultant for the series but is otherwise not involved in the production.
Big Trouble in Little China can be purchased from BOOM! Studios’ website or app and retails at $3.99/episode.
And in case you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the trailer. You might just get convinced.
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