What it takes to make a successful film adaptation of a comic book superhero:
- A good story.
- Smart writing.
- Inspired direction.
- Respect for the essence of the source material.
- Willingness to leverage the film medium to allow the audience to experience the character in ways impossible in print.
- Spot on casting.
- Brilliant acting.
- Crisp editing.
- An immersive score.
- Creative action sequences.
- Seamless integration of computer generated and practical effects with stunt work.
What fanboys think it takes to make a successful film adaptation of a comic book superhero:
- "They should cast that actor. He totally looks looks like this drawing of the superhero in this comic book.”
Well…that’s a little darker than I expect from Archie.
Don’t worry, I’m sure Jughead will use the Speed Force to go back in time leading to a reboot of Archie comics.
If Jughead isn’t the one who does it I’ll be sorely disappointed. He slowly tromps towards Archie, filling him with a fresh bullet with each word…
I’ll never read the issue, and nothing can convince me it doesn’t go down exactly like that.
They go to Jughead’s home. Mr. Weatherbee’s bald head is in a pickle jar in the fridge. “Who’s a jug head now?” scrawled in blood on the door.
@GeoffJohns Loving it Supermobile time.
Good thing that the guy who can fly has a flying car.
Because now he can fly AND have to find a place to park.
Damn. And I was just about to start a super hero comic book with the same title about an international league of brilliant but tense nerds.
Their battle cry: SCIENTISTS, WORRY!!!!!
Key Members and their Powers
- El Pensivo (Mexico): The ability to worry at will
- Der Angstmeister (Germany): The ability to feel when something just ain’t right.
- il Pessimisto (Italy): The ability to immediately change the current capacity of any vessel to half full.
- The Royal Screw (U.K.) Regardless of the odds, always wonders, “Why even try?”
- Major Concern (U.S.A.) Seriously has some major concerns. Just hear him out and he may be able to get on board.
|—||A husband to his wife at the dinner table next to us on the cruise. A husband who both fails to grasp the subtle intricacies of comedy and who, it would appear, is used to hearing laughs when he whips out his pecker.|
Sure, he’s a little tall for The Penguin, but in the most recent incarnation in the New 52…
During the Forever Evil storyline, Penguin is among the villains recruited by the Crime Syndicate of America to join the Secret Society of Super Villains. With the heroes gone, Penguin becomes the Mayor of Gotham City and divides the different territories amongst the Arkham inmates.
I’d be pleased especially since it would confirm that the approach they are taking with Ant-Man is fundamentally different from the current Marvel blockbuster blueprint.
There were stories this week about how Marvel has a “plan” for films through 2021 and every half assed analysis has parroted the same, tired “Will audiences have lost interest in the genre by then?” critique.
"Guardians of the Galaxy," "Ant-Man" and potential projects like "Dr. Strange" and "Black Panther" can be very different films from the ones that led up to "The Avengers." And comic book fans understand how different types of characters and different types of stories can exist in the same "universe." Hopefully Marvel will help media watchers grasp it too.
That is an awesome superhero team! Superman. Batman. Captain America. The Spectre. And MARY POPPINS!!! PRACTICALLY KICKING YOUR ASS IN EVERY WAY!!! Ag
BEN COOPER: 1966 Captain America Costume and Mask