August 2, 2021

Movies based on comics. Part 1. – Update Mexico

We already mentioned some television series that originated in a comic. Production companies are looking for novel stories to present to their viewers and the print medium has been a huge source of imagination. Here is the link for your note:

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Today I present to you a quick list of movies that are adaptations of comics. It is the first of two parts.

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WEIRD SCIENCE (CIENCIA LOCA).

1985 film (with 1994 tv series), Weird Science takes its name from the 1950 EC comic of the same name. Directed by John Hughes, with Kelly LeBrock and Bill Paxton. The theme is performed by the group Oingo Boingo, in which Danny Elfman participates.

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KINGSMAN (THE SECRET SERVICE).

The Secret Sevice is a comic created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons for Image Comics and turned into 2 movies with a prequel scheduled for release in 2021.

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THE MASK.

The 1994 film starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz is based on the 1994 Dark Horse comic, created by cartoonist Doug Mahnke and writer John Arcudi.

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THE PUNISHER (EL CASTIGADOR).

For many it will seem obvious as it is a well-known Marvel character. But the urban environment of The Punisher is far from the usual sense of superheroes. The Punisher debuted in Amazing Spider-Man # 129. In cinema, he has had three films, in addition to a Netflix television series.

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ROAD TO PERDITION.

The Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner comic, published by DC / Paradox Comics in 1998, had a major film adaptation in 2002 with director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and actors Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.

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GHOST WORLD.

Dark and cult comic published as part of Fantagraphics Books’ anthology series Eightball, Ghost World was later compiled as a graphic novel. Created by Daniel Clowes in 1989, it had a film adaptation in 2001 with very young Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Steve Buscemi.

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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.

Scott Pilgrim was a series of North American graphic novels, but in the manga style (smaller size and in black and white), created by Bryan Lee O’Malley and published by Oni Press.

The film directed by Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, was unveiled in 2010.

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KICK-ASS.

Comic published by Icon / Marvel comics, Kick-Ass is the brainchild of Mark Millar and John Romita Junior in 2008. The film was released in 2010 and had a sequel.

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THE LOSERS.

The DC comic was created in 1969. In 2003, it was renewed by DC / Vertigo, at the hands of writer Andy Diggle and cartoonist Jock. The film was released in 2010. It has a great cast and several actors who have been part of other comic book adaptations in cinema, such as Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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THE SURROGATES (SUBSTITUTE IDENTITY).

The comic was created by Roberto Venditti and drawn by Brett Weldele. It was published in 2005 and 2006 through the Top Shelf publishing house. The film was released in 2009 and stars Bruce Willis.

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AMERICAN SPLENDOR (AMERICAN SPLENDOR).

Actor Paul Giamatti is recognized for his work in numerous films and in American Splendor he plays an extraordinary role playing the life of the troubled and talented comedian, Harvey Pekar. Based on the autobiographical serial written by Pekar (with different illustrators), the film had its premiere in 2003.

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BARB WIRE.

The comic was published by Dark Horse in 1994. Barb Wire is the brainchild of Chris Warner and Team CGW, a collective of creators working for the publisher who first appeared in Comics’ Greatest World: Steel Harbor a year earlier. The 1996 film, with a poor reception, had the qualities of being a comic story and of having a woman as the protagonist, the model and actress, Pamela Anderson.

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WANTED.

Owned by Mark Millar with cartoonist JG Jones, it had a very free film adaptation in 2008. It has a good cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie. The comic was a 6-part miniseries published by Top Cow / Image Comics in 2003-2004.

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TIMECOP (POLICE OF THE FUTURE).

The three-part story appeared in Dark Horse Comics # 1-3 in 1992. It is the brainchild of Mark Verheiden (writer) and Phil Hester (cartoonist). The film version has little to do with the source and was starred by Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1994.

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TANK GIRL.

The movie is not so well known. Not the comic. Both are cult. And while the original version is still better, its film counterpart was released in 1995. It has the peculiarity of having the supporting performances of Naomi Watts and Malcolm McDowell. For its part, the British comic began publication in 1988. It is the brainchild of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of Gorillaz.

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MYSTERY MEN.

Another Dark Horse comic and it is no coincidence, the reason is that the publisher sought to place the properties of the authors in the hands of film producers. This was the case with Mystery Men, characters emanating from Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot comic that generated a very funny production in 1999 with Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Greg Kinnear, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Forlani and Tom Waits.

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CONSTANTINE.

Another film that might seem obvious to many, Constantine in its 2005 film version with Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weiss and Tilda Swinton, has its origins in the character created by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben for the comic Swamp. Thing from DC Comics. It appeared for the first time in The Saga of Swamp Thing # 37 of 1985. It must be said that Reeves’s version, although very respectable, has little to do with the comic book character.

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We have quite a few movies left to mention, so we read tomorrow.