There are a lot of movies out there. There are a lot of comic books out there too. Both have been made for over 80 years now, so it’s no surprise when a popular comic book is adapted into feature-film form (and on occasion, vice versa). We’re currently living through what is easily the high point of cinematic comic adaptations (in terms of sheer volume, at least), and superheroes are all over the big screen – but comic books contain so much more than spandex-clad do-gooders! In fact, there’s been there’s been a crap-ton (very scientific term there) of movies to hit the theaters that you probably never even realized were based on comics.
This list is by no means all-inclusive, but I’ve rounded up 15 of the biggest and most intriguing movies that you might not have known started out in art-book form. Let’s take a look, shall we – and no, this isn’t one of those annoying sites where you have to click NEXT after every entry to visit a new page to help us build our site-view count! You’re welcome! (more…)
Alan Moore’s Graphic Novels are long, intricate and complex works; lets just get that out in the open first of all. The question remains: How does one condense the complexity of a 600 page Graphic Novel and squash it into a two-hour film without having to compromise the source material? Well, quite frankly its a major directorial feat, and an almost impossible at that, just going from past film adaptations. That’s not to say the film adaptations aren’t great. Good or bad, it’s all to do with how emotionally attached one is to the source material. For example individuals’ who hadn’t read the source material for Watchmen, V For Vendetta or From Hell might have loved some aspects of each of the movies, even though those who’ve read the source material might have a much different opinion on the adaptations. It just boils down to individual tastes really. There is probably one exception, which is the last film Sean Connery acted in before his retirement (…pretty unlucky to bow out to a universally loathed movie). We are, of course, talking about A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. (more…)
Who would have guessed that a new movie about Hercules would shape up to one of the most anticipated films of 2014? Well, the involvement of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson makes Hercules: The Thracian Wars just that considering the way that Johnson’s 2013 slate of movies have shaped up so far.
To be fair though, a pretty decent pedigree of actors has been recruited for the film including Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and John Hurt. The film is also based on a graphic novel of the same name, so the whole affair should be rather foolproof for director Brett Ratner, although fans are free to remain cautious in their optimism. Still, Johnson himself is optimistic, and he’s doing his part by taking to Twitter and sharing a sneak peak of the film.
The picture doesn’t exactly tells us much, does it? Well, there’s always the below plot synopsis:
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
What do you Bastards think? Are you looking forward to Hercules because in The Rock we trust? Or do you fear the specter of the Rat?
After two decades of development and several different directors, Watchmen finally hit the big screen… And bombed. So what? One movie doesn’t make a difference, right? Well, let’s ask the game designer in charge of BioShock.
Kevin Levine was recently talking to Eurogamer about what was once to be the Gore Verbinski-directed adaptation of the popular video game. According to Levine, it was the less-than-stellar box office reception for the film version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that convinced the studio to think twice about going forward with a big budget BioShock movie.
Here’s what Levine had to say:
“My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film, then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film… They brought another director in, and I didn’t really see the match there – and 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it…
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he said. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
Fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that they didn’t get what might have ended up being a watered down version of their favorite game, but will there ever be a BioShock movie now, I wonder. Time will tell.
Bastards: What do you think of this development? Do you think Levine is right? What else do you think Watchmen killed?
Thomas Jane has played the Frank Castle, Mickey Mantle, a member of the Vegan Police, Jonah Hex, a soldier, a gigolo and more, but the thing that is most impressive about the every-man actor is his mind for comics.
More than a fan of the medium, I spoke at length with Jane about pre-code comics, Bruce Jones, and adapting the cult horror film (which and short story Dark Country (which Jane directed) to a wordless graphic novel by Thomas Ott. After that, we spoke about the future of comic book inspired films and I asked him if he’s done with The Punisher. (more…)
10-10-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
See what I did there? It’s a double entendre. Anyhoo, Happy is actually the name of the latest graphic novel by Grant Morrison, the first issue of which was released just a month ago. But quicker than you can say “imaginary horse” it seems that Happy is about to be turned into a major motion picture.
Actor and musician The RZA has optioned the comic, which follows a down-and-out ex-cop and drug addict who survives a mob hit and as a result of his injury can now see a blue flying horse named Happy, who then gives Nick a very special Christmas mission. Morrison himself will write the screenplay, while Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) produces and RZA himself directs.
The news of the adaption was so fresh that Happy artist Darick Robertson, had only just heard about it,
I just found out about this shortly before Morrisoncon, and after seeing the trailer for The Man With The Iron Fists I’m excited to see RZA’s take on our comic!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Happy movie doesn’t yet have a distributor or any financiers, but news on that front might be coming sooner rather than later.
Obviously, we’ll keep you posted with developments.
This July, Top Cow Productions’ Minotaur Press imprint is coming out with their first original graphic novel, Sunset. Written by Christos Gage and featuring art by Jorge Lucas, Sunset tells a good old fashioned noir revenge story… starring senior citizens. I recently got the chance to ask Gage a few questions about Sunset, his mad research skills, and the possibility of more creator-owned work.
[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before it was announced that Gage would join Neal Adams for Marvel’s First X-Men]
I believe I’m right in saying this is your first work for Top Cow. How did Sunset come about? Did you approach them with this story in mind?
Christos Gage: It actually started a couple years ago when I was talking to them about possibly doing a Darkness story set in Vegas in the 50s. That didn’t pan out, but I said, “You know, if you like that, I have another idea you might dig.” It was serendipitous, really. And yes, this is my first work for Top Cow. I’m really honored that they’d make it their first original graphic novel, and set me up with an artist as amazing as JorgeLucas! (more…)
Labyrinth has a special cult following thanks to Jim Henson‘s incredible puppet creations and effects and David Bowie‘s strange and hypnotic performance as Jareth, the Gobin King (in those extremely tight fitting and revealing pants). It is by no means to be mistaken for a good movie, but it’s created a story and world which still fascinates fans. That’s why Archaia‘s editor-in-chief Stephen Christy has begun overseeing the production of a Labyrinth graphic novel focusing on the origins of the Goblin King.
We can say it’s a prequel. It’s the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn’t deal with Sarah, it doesn’t deal with Toby or anything like that.
It’s a very tragic story that is the opposite of Sarah’s, which has triumph at the end. It’s a prequel, so we know what happens in the movie. We know how it’s going to end: Jareth is going to be the Goblin King … so we’re showing how he’s pulled into the Labyrinth for the first time. It’s going to be cool. We’re switching up the dynamic of it, but what we’re doing is completely true to the spirit of the original.
David Bowie’s involvement and the music are crucial part of why people love Labyrinth. Could they somehow bring Bowie and his music into the graphic novel?
I don’t know if this will work out, but I want to do songs where they’re songs being sung (by characters) and we show the notes on the page, so you can actually play along.
We’re talking. The budget to get Bowie to do one song would be the budget of all the books, but we’re talking to him to at least get his blessing or maybe an introduction or something.
A big perk to Bowie’s involvement is it would allow whomever their artist is to draw Jareth like a young David Bowie. “He also has likeness approval,” Christy explains.
Archaia’s Labyrinth prequel graphic novel will be releasing late 2012, plan on picking up a copy?
When we last spoke about the ‘Preacher‘ live-action adaptation ( seen here) D.J. Caruso was tweeting that he was going to direct the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon created comic book series. Well, that was back in February, he was still directing I Am Number 4 and he had to remain more tight-lipped then Arseface in church. Now that his newest film has been released internationally he’s been opening up and chatting it up like crazy. During an interview with the French website CloneWeb to promote I Am Number 4 the talk shifted from teenage alien heroes to a man hunting for God himself.
For those of you who don’t know about Preacher,
Preacher tells the story of Texas reverend Jesse Custer who, after merging with the escaped offspring of a demon and an angel, find himself imbued with the word of God, the power to command anyone to do his bidding. Teamed with his ex girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.
While casting hasn’t even begun, D.J. has been receiving a variety of messages from actors that want to be in this movie. You only ask to be in a movie if you’re desperate, or you think the film is gonna be huge, and with names like these asking it must be gigantic! He said Chris Pine wants to play Jesse, Shia LaBeouf wants to be Arseface (not far from anything he’s done) and Alex Pettyfer wants to play the Saint of Killers. In their sit down interview with CloneWeb the conversation shifts over to Preacher at about the 1:50 mark and continues, in it’s own little way, straight towards the end.
Notice they said “Yesterday” when talking about Preacher, making this seem like they purposely turned it over to focus on his new project. Caruso has passion for the Preacher series however and it shows in this interview, given how he explains his stance on he’d like to approach this new endeavour. As for the cast…….What do you think?
Lego’s are truly an art form. There are conventions devoted to them, videogames based on their creations, and numerous videos showcasing the vast array of creative ways to use Lego’s.
But, I be no one ever imagine using Batman Lego’s to re-create a scene from one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels ever, from 1988, The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland.
The graphic novel centers around the Joker wanting to prove that any man, even Commissioner Gordon, can be driven insane by one bad day. This culminates in the Joker giving a monologue to Batman attempting to show just how insane the world is, and that is the scene that is faithfully recreated below.
Ohhh, and for those who want to know what the joke is in The Killing Joke?
See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum… and one night, one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moon light… stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend didn’t dare make the leap. Y’see… Y’see, he’s afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea… He says “Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!” B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says… He says “Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You’d turn it off when I was half way across!
The video below, just like the graphic novel, is an amazing piece of work. Definitely check it out!