The world of cinema continually seeks inspiration and material to make its films, and if long is the tradition of novels-based tapes, comic book adaptations are beginning to appear in numbers. This year alone, there are half a dozen high-profile films between ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Shazam’ and many more.
If we look back, we will surely find some other comic-based film that is a masterpiece or at least a film, and today in Spinoff we have gathered the 15 best adaptations.
- ‘The Raven’
We start with a couple of titles that people don’t usually relate to the original material. One is ‘The crow’ O Barr who received the mid-nineties, an adaptation that became a cult movie in an instant with a story of revenge post-murder.
- ‘Men in Back’
The men in Black saga also originated in a short comic book that was immortalized in 1997. A good film that mixed action, humor, and immigrant aliens.
The best adaptation Zack Snyder has ever made of a comic is, from far away, that of the monumental ‘300’. In fact, the worst thing he’s wearing is that he fits into that mini-fashion that had to be almost vignette-to-vignette in Frank Miller’s comic book. This makes ‘300’ at times look like a long video clip. Brutal, but video clip.
- ‘Sin City’
Also by Frank Miller and also an adaptation that seeks the vignette to vignette, was the re-creation of this city of sin. A noir of those who do a hobby that reviews the city’s underworld.
- ‘V for Vendetta’
Although Alan Moore has not had much luck with his adaptations, it turns out that with’ V for Vendetta ‘ The Wachowski did good work on the script even though he was aware that Moore’s own density makes any adaptation an impossibility. A great dystopia in which a hero seeks, almost alone, to spark the revolution.
The story of a retiree who is slowly being robbed of his life by Alzheimer’s in a compassionate way. Both when I read Paco Roca’s comic book and when I saw its animated adaptation, I couldn’t help but be moved as I have rarely been enjoying a work of fiction.
- ‘The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn’
Maybe it’s the best action-adventure movie Spielberg’s made in the last three decades. Of course, you can see Peter Jackson’s hand adapting the sensational experiences of the Belgian reporter created by Hergé.
Look, I’m pretty much a detractor to Mark Millar because of his delusions of grandeur and how he understands what adult superhero comics are, but he has something exciting and a great sense of smell to know what works on the screen. And ‘Kick-Ass’ does it: one of the rogue superpowers to disconnect and enjoy.
- ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’
Speaking of Millar, Vaughn is certainly one of the directors who best understands him and turns one more comic book from the author (not too special) into one of the funniest and most surprising action franchises of the last decade.
- ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’
The comic book O’Malley is a delight, and a lot had to go wrong things that Edgar Wright does not do something to the height. Scott’s story and his fight against his girlfriend’s evil exes perfectly mix comic and video game mechanisms achieving a great visual appearance. Unfortunately, it did nothing well at the box office.
Del Toro takes on the character of Mike Mignola in an adaptation that, while drinking from the first adventures of the demonic being, seeks its own way. But this does not mean that we are not facing a remarkable adventure.
For me ‘Logan’ is, by far, the best thing ever done with a superhero in years. And that’s saying a lot because it’s out there ‘The Dark Knight’ and the like. James Mangold proposes an amazing action tape in a future where “”the bad guys”” have won, and there is no room for Heroes.
- ‘The Dark Knight’
If we ignore the fact that Nolan seems to be unaware that Bruce Wayne is one of the most intelligent men in the world, his trilogy starring Bale is not bad at all, and ‘The Dark Knight’ is the wet dream of every character fan with an excellent Joker and a great script.
Forty years later, the film that best represents Superman is the one that started the Richard Donner saga. Christopher Reeve is Krypton’s last son in his most iconic, pure (and even messianic) sense in a perfect adaptation of the adventures of the first great superhero.
- ‘Wonder Woman’
So far, the best film in DC’s so-called Extended Universe is starring Wonder Woman and her origin. A more than remarkable superhero adventure that iconizes a figure often ignored.