The Best Comics to Movie Adaptations

Comics are often adapted into movies. Some of them are good, and some are not. Among those good comics to movie adaptations, some films are the pick of the bunch. Here are some of the best comics to movie adaptations.

Superman II (1980)

Superman II (1980) is the sequel of Superman (1978) and the 2nd instalment in the film series. This superhero film is directed by Richard Lester and was written by Mario Puzo, Leslie Newman, and David Newman based on Puzo’s story about Superman- the DC Comics character. The movie stars Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jack O’Halloran, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, and Terence Stamp. Superman II was first released on December 4, 1980, in mainland Europe and Australia, and throughout 1981, was released in other countries.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame (2019) is an American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios, distributed by Walt Disney Studios, directed by the Russo brothers: Anthony and Joe, and was written by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. It is based on the superhero team: the Avengers from Marvel Comics. The film is a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and is the 22nd instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Bradley Cooper, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. In Endgame, the remaining survivors of the superhero team and their allies tried to reverse the damage Thanos caused in the Infinity War.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), a romantic action-comedy film based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim, was co-written, directed, and produced by Edgar Wright. Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a slacker musician whose goal is to get a record deal by winning a competition. He battles the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers- his newest girlfriend that’s played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

After the release of the first volume of the comics, a film adaptation was. The crew began the filming in Toronto in March 2009 and wrapped the film in August. It was launched on July 22, 2010, at the San Diego Comic-Con International. It was then released in North America on August 13, 2010.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013) or Seolgungnyeolcha in Korean is a science fiction action film directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by both him and Kelly Masterson. The film is based on Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette’s Le Transperceneige- a French graphic novel. The film was Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language debut with almost 85% of its dialogue being in English. Snowpiercer is a South Korean-Czech co-production.

The science-fiction film stars Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Song Kang-ho, and Tilda Swinton. Snowpiercer takes place aboard the Snowpiercer train which carries the last remnants of humanity. The train travels along a globe-spanning track after a failure in climate engineering has created a new Snowball Earth in an attempt to stop global warming.

The film by Bong Joon-ho received critical acclaim. Snowpiercer appeared on many film critics’ top ten lists of 2014 after its release on the international screen. Praises were directed towards the film’s direction, vision, and the actor’s performances, particularly Chris Evans’s and Tilda Swinton’s.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) is an American superhero film that Sam Raimi directs and written by Alvin Sargent. It was based on Marvel Comics’ characters with the same name and is a story by Alfred Gough, Michael Chabon, and Miles Millar. The film is a sequel to the first instalment in the Spider-Man trilogy- Spider-Man (2002). It stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy, and Alfred Molina.

The superhero film is set after the events of Spider-Man (2002). The protagonist, Peter Parker, is seen struggling between managing his personal life and being a superhero. This dramatically affected his life as a civilian. Spider-Man must juggle with stopping Dr. Otto Octavius- a diabolical villain, from successfully recreating a dangerous experiment and dealing with his subconscious desire of giving being Spider-Man which, little by little, strips him of his powers. The inspirations for the superhero film are the comic books the 1967 story arc Spider-Man No More!, the debut comic of Doctor Octopus in 1964, the 1966 story arc of If This Be My Destiny…!.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008) is a superhero film based on Batman’s character from DC Comics. It was co-written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It’s Batman Begins’ (2005) sequel and the second instalment of The Dark Knight Trilogy. The Dark Knight stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart.

The film’s inspiration was the debut comic book of Joker in 1940, the graphic novel The Killing Joke from 1988, and The Long Halloween 1996 series that retold Harvey Dent’s origin.