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The best film adaptations of comic books

A list of the best comic book adaptations to film and why or what you liked about them in particular

  • 1) Watchmen - While not a wholly faithful adaptation to the weighty source material, "Watchmen" remains as being one of the most visually striking and well-acted comic book movies to ever cross the threshold to the silver screen. 2) Batman (1989) - Tim Burton's 1989 megahit "Batman" ranks because it was the first attempt to show the world that Batman could be rooted in a darker and grittier world than the campier version starring Adam West. 3) The Dark Knight Rises - It should be noted that TDKR is far from cinematic perfection. It's so rife with plot holes that the most brilliant aspect of the film is almost entirely lost: Bane. Until TDKR, the only cinematic adaptation of Bane was the lumbering luchador who battled Clooney in "Batman and Robin". Nolan's Bane is an almost Dickensian version of the character; Tom Hardy instantly captured the thoughtful menace and brute strength that made the character so compelling in the comic books. The largest complaint here seems to be that the film didn't live up to its predecessor, "The Dark Knight". But, really, how could it? "The Dark Knight" is nothing short of brilliance (Heath Ledger's Joker has become a legendary performance in and of itself). What's more, it's not like the film was meant to be exactly like TDK - it was a swan song for Nolan's take on Batman, one that required a villain like Bane to deliver what could be the crushing final blows for Bruce Wayne. 4) Guardians of the Galaxy – To be honest, before last summer my only real knowledge of “Guardians” had been the few careworn comic books a good friend of mine kept in a milk crate surrounded by similarly quirky comics. When I went to the film I wasn’t expecting much more than a typical Marvel Film – a bit of fun but nothing to write home about. I’m glad to say that I was wrong – Guardians of the Galaxy was an insanely fun Space Ope – hunterB31 6 years ago
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