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…)
We are only weeks away from the premiere of CW’s newest addition to their DC lineup, The Flash, and most fans of the character couldn’t be more excited. So, CW decided to up the ante a bit just to see if they could make some heads explode by releasing the latest poster for the freshman series, and it is chock full of Easter Eggs! (more…)
Never let it be said that the comic book movie craze hasn’t hit a fever pitch.
Following their success with the Batman trilogy, DC and Warner Bros finally decided to grow a pair, reaching deep into their vault to find a character that was ripe for adaptation — unfortunately for fans of quality acting, though, they apparently decided to look toward the pool of athletic and personable giants that roam the hardwood in the National Basketball Association to cast their movie.
Because, I guess they ran out of wrestlers and really tall actors.
Anyway, the film is called Steel. Sound familiar? That’s right, John Henry Irons, aka Steel may be familiar to audiences, and not just from his sporadic appearances in various DC comic book titles. No, Steel was also previously and famously adapted in 1993.
So, why recycle a character all over again? Well, admittedly, Irons wasn’t exactly a big part of the BBC 5 Radio Play, Superman Lives! but Leon Herbert’s performance was solid… though not solid enough for the studio, which likely wanted a name to tease and tantalize audiences, just like they did when they cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze for Batman and Robin.
Unfortunately for the studio, though, there is only one Arnold, so they had to take a step down for Steel, casting the man they call Shaq, aka Shaquille O’Neal.
O’Neal is the 7’1″ former center for the Orlando Magic. Shaq isn’t a neophyte, though. In 1994, he played Neon in Blue Chips and he also starred in Kazaam, as Kazaam.
Other actors cast in Steel include Breakfast Club and Suddenly Susan star Judd Nelson and Ray-J, Brandy’s little brother who seems like he has a real future in front of the camera.
Right now, there is no word on when this will be on a screen and in front of your eyes, but make no mistake, for better or worse, this one will be memorable.
UPDATE: Apparently, Steel was a 1997 film that made only $1.6 million dollars. Please enjoy this peace offering.
Warner Bros. has released the first TV spot for their upcoming low budget indie film about a flying alien with multiple personality disorders. It is called Man of Steel: The Tale of the Man Who is Super, and it is not (apparently) a sequel to the criminally underrated comic book superhero movie, Steel, which starred Shaquille O’Neal in a raw and tumultuous demonstration of thespianic talent so thunderous and impactful that it may or may not have been the real cause of Jimmy Stewart’s death.
No, it is not that — sadly — but Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder, a man who never saw Steel, a man who rejects all other spellings of that name and a man who previously directed Sucker Punch, a movie about owls, 300, The Watchmen, the Dawn of the Dead remake, and uh… there is also a Morrisey music video on his IMDB page, I should mention that as well.
By the way, does anyone else think Morrissey looks like the guy who played The Governor on The Walking Dead? His name is also Morrissey, David Morrissey. Do you think they are related? Maybe they are cousins.
Anyway, David Morrissey isn’t in this film but Henry Cavill is, and he is British, but I don’t think they are related. Also in this film: Laurence Fishburne (who was in The Matrix), Kevin Costner (who was not), Russell Crowe (who used to be in a band), and Amy Adams, who is the only redhead in Hollywood that I don’t really find attractive with the exception of Donny Most.
If you don’t know who Donny Most is, I hope you accidentally swallow a baby snake and it lays eggs in your colon and then you poop baby snakes and then when you look in the toilet you get so scared that you pass out and then someone who you are kinda into, but haven’t yet gotten with, finds you and you are so embarrassed that you move to Alabama where you start a small thrift store called “Old Shit” and hire all these mischievous employees and one day, some guy from a network comes and offers you a reality show, but he isn’t from one of the good networks, but that doesn’t matter because you do the show anyway, and they schedule you in a weird time slot right behind a reality show with Anson Williams called “That’s Just Anson Being Anson” and…
[Disclaimer: If you are, somehow, still reading this, then kudos to you. You are a brave little toaster and if I had the financial ability to do so, I would tender you a voucher for one granola bar… quite possibly a Kudos granola bar, because they are tasty and that would make literal the whole Kudos thing from before.
Yes, that would have been the bees knees, but sadly I am not able to tender you such a voucher, so you will just have to settle for a hearty dash of gratitude, and a quick return to the conclusion of this article that everyone else simply ignored to get to the bottom, where the fresh, new Man of Steel footage lies waiting for you. Again, many thanks.]
… at a network mixer, you and Anson, Anson Williams, the star of That’s Just Anson Being Anson, would strike up a conversation and you tell him all about your snake butt and your lost love and how it all happened because you didn’t know who Donny Most was and then he punches you in the mouth because he — of course — knows who Donny Most is, and then you realize — AT LONG LAST — how foolish you were for not knowing who Donny Most is. THAT, is what I hope the consequences are if you don’t know who Donny Most is, but anyway, here is the synopsis for Man of Steel, and below that is the new trailer, enjoy!
Synopsis that I copied and pasted here for you:
From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel”, starring Henry Cavill, directed by Zach Snyder. The film also stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Henry Lennix, Christopher Meloni and Laurence Fishburne.
Trailer that I embedded by using magic code.
Man of Steel comes out on June 14th in a theater near me, ya’ll need to sort out where it’s goona be in your own damn neighborhood.
“The Death of Superman” was a major, major, MAJOR event in comics. It was HUGE. And in the end all it managed to do was royally piss of legions of diehard Superman fans. While at the time DC Comics raked in almost unheard of dough from initial sales, since then Action Comics has suffered.
But why am I telling you this. I’ll leave it to Max Landis, screenwriter of Chronicle and son of John Landis, to tell you all about The Death and Return of Superman. This short film is probably the best version of the tale you’ll ever watch. Believe me. And keep an eye out for some famous faces like Mandy Moore as Lois Lane, Elijah Wood as Cyborg Superman, Simon Pegg as John Landis, plus other nerdy cameos.
Insane, right? And totally effin’ hilarious. In fact, seeing this short makes me more interested in Chronicle knowing it comes from the mind of Max Landis. How about you?
Hollywood has long mined the world of comic books for that zillion dollar blockbuster movie. This is not a list of those movies. Hollywood has also made terrible adaptations based on comics. Catwoman, Daredevil, the infamous Batman and Robin, vile unwatchable piles of dreck that offend all the senses. This isn’t a list of those movies either. The following 10 movies are bad, do not get me wrong, but they have redeeming qualities, they are so bad they are good, and they must been seen. We give you the best of the worst of comic to screen adaptations!