In today’s society, inspiration for movies comes from all sorts of unlikely sources. It might be based from history (such as Titanic and Pearl Harbor, minus the lovey-dovey scenes, of course) or it could be based from just an object seen in passing (“Hey, a chainsaw! Let’s make a movie out of that!”)
But, some movies, great ones, in fact, come from books or even comic books.
Of course, we cannot say that all movies that are adapted from comic books are fantastic and worthy of praise; actually some of them are a downright waste of time and money (that’s for another list, folks). But then, I am going to focus all my energy today to make a list of those that actually stood out from the meh-movies and made an impact. In no particular order (I have to put that in there to avoid hordes of fanboys and fangirls rampaging after me with pitchforks), I present to you the list of awesome movies that are based from comics. Oh, did I forget to mention that there are no superheroes with powers here here? (Sorry, Captain America.)
This demon-turned-good-guy certainly is something that makes this movie worthwhile. One particular feature that I liked about this movie is that the main character doesn’t really fit the usual cookie-cutter type of hero with good looks and charming persona. However, his snarky witticisms combined with a heroism you would have never expected certainly made up for that. Nevertheless, they did a pretty darn good job with the storyline. And did I mention that Hellboy as a baby is pretty darn cute?
2. Blade; Blade II; Blade: Trinity
If you’ve noticed, I just combined the three since all of them are about the same main character. In this movie, Wesley Snipes plays a vampire/human hybrid named, well, Blade. Just like what his name suggests, he slices and dices his way through hordes of vampires to get to the boss vampire (in Part 3, he actually comes face to face with Dracula himself). Filled with epic swordplay and some humor (yes, humor), I’d definitely watch this again.
Hailing from a comic book of the same name, 300 is all about the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which 300 Spartans, led by the King Leonidas, face off against the Persian Emperor Xerxes and his legions upon legions of soldiers. What actually made me love this movie (besides the storyline, and Gerard Butler) is the way the film was depicted on screen. It basically looks like it was actually ripped from the comic book itself, somehow hovering between fantasy and reality with awesome graphic effects. Also, if you never watched this movie with a fantastic sound, spend money buy one of the best soundbar for $200 and enjoy the difference. With gut-wrenching fight scenes always around the corner and glorious speech moments (think King Leonidas’ last words), this movie is downright epic.
Few people may realize that this movie has been adapted from a comic book. What is unusual about this storyline is that it answers the question: “What if ordinary human beings decide to wear costumes and fight crime and all he does during the day is running on what he thinks is a top cheap treadmill?” The answer results in epic fights, slapstick comedy, dark humor, struggles with normal life and more epic fights.
5. Sin City
Coming from a comic book of the same name, Sin City offers viewers a look at the comics transformed into a moving masterpiece. The special effects, the shot framing and the dialogue is very much spot-on. Very visually-stunning, to say the least.
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