Whenever we hear the words ‘comic book movies’, our mind automatically runs towards the superhero based movies from the Marvel Studios or the DC comics’ universe. However, comic books or the movies based on them have not always centered on the superhero concept. There are several comic book series and movie adaptations that have fantastical elements yet they do not rely on a man who wears his underwear over his pants.
Comic books allows the writers and artists to convey their stories through a visual medium. And their adaptation in live action format is like looking at your imagination come to life. However, all of these movies do not market themselves as comic book movies because of the lacking popularity of the comics’ series. Here are five awesome movies that you did not know were adapted from a comic book series:
This movie is not the most well received comic book movies. But the concept alone is enough to get one curious enough to at least check it out once. R.I.P.D. aka Rest In Peace Department is a squad of dead people who while entering into the afterlife, get hired as a penance for the things they do in their lives. This squad is responsible to bring the dead souls to the afterlife that refuses to move on. If left unchecked these souls turn into monsters called ‘Deados’ who can disguise themselves as humans. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. They both have amazing chemistry and their charm oozes out of the screen. The story is bit shaky, but the fun sequences along with the banter between the two leads make this movie fun to watch.
- A Bulletproof Monk
This movie was release in the year 2003, long before the comic book movies where taken as seriously as they are now, yet this movie, even though was an action comedy, treated its source with its due respect and made a fun movie. A monk with extraordinary abilities and everlasting youth, seeks his successors as the guards of a scroll while protecting it from the evil man who wants to steal the powers of the scroll. The movie again was not a big critical success, but is one of the movies from my childhood that I appreciate. It features some fun action sequences and better life lessons. It is definitely a movie to check out.
- V for Vendetta
This movie raised the bar for many comic book movies. It came out in 2006 and surprised people with its deep themes and unique story. I strongly believe that Christopher Nolan took some inspiration from this film before he made the Dark Knight trilogy. This film is about revenge and the concepts take the spotlight and blow people’s minds. The lead character of V is played by Hugo Weaving, and the unique part of his performance was that he did not for once show his face to the camera. Natalie Portman gives a stellar performance and goes all in on the character to the point where she agreed to shave her head for the film. Such level of commitment from the actors was a major contributor in picking up the quality of the film beyond the papers. This film gave us the famous anonymous mask and is endlessly quotable. In today’s world it still sprouts a huge number of memes and has become an essential part of your pop culture.
- Atomic Blonde
This movie is directed by the co-director of John Wick and the director of Deadpool 2, David Leitch. It stars Charlize Theron as a British MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin to retrieve a list and take a crime ring down. Leitch is known for his background as a stunt director and action choreographer and this movie shows off both his talents gloriously. It is an action packed movie with amazing fight sequences that lasts on the screen for several minutes. Charlize Theron delivers a power packed performance. The most impressing part about this movie was that it actually featured a strong female character, not the kind that a male actor replaced. The character was female and was a badass. We need more such characters in our movies.
The best way to describe this movie is as a non-stop thrill ride. From the first scene this movie captures the attention of the audience and doesn’t let go till the end. Out of all the movies that are listed, this is the most obviously a comic book movie. From the concepts to the world building to the plot, everything screams comic books. There are certain frames that one can imagine play out exactly the same way in a panel of a comic book. This James McAvoy and Anjelina Joile starrer is a fast passed film that is bound to induce the audience with some adrenaline. I do not think I would be overstating if I say it has the coolest pair of first and last scene. If you haven’t seen this film, you are missing the fun.
One can always trust a comic book movie adaptation to deliver a film that would fill out head with interesting ideas and concepts. It is one of the major pleasures that we get out of our comic books and their adaptations. After I watched these movies I went back and found the comics that these movies were picked from and believe me when I tell you, it was a blast.