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5 Comic Book Movies That Paid No Attention to the Comics

5 Comic Book Movies That Paid No Attention to the Comics

By Scott Greenstone

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We've got to face the facts: movies that follow comics 100% wouldn't really be that great. We like that Wolverine doesn't wear yellow spandex. We like that Green Arrow doesn't have a sidekick named Speedy. We're even OK with Superman sans red underwear. But sometimes a movie using comics for its inspiration inexplicably turns into Judas Iscariot and kicks its ancestors in the nuts, shouting, "Screw me if I ever turn out to be like you, Dad!" And we're left wondering how Hollywood could ever have gotten this from that.

Of course, then there are the times when moviemakers bring characters into a new era and though they're different, they're still familiar enough that we like them. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Take a gander:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Besides the familial changes this movie made, like making Sabretooth and Wolverine brothers and Emma Frost and Silver Fox sisters, the biggest and probably most disgusting change in the movie was Deadpool.

Movie Deadpool is completely unrecognizable from Comic Deadpool. Comic Deadpool is a guy that has Wolverine's regeneration factor times insane, but with great power to get your head cut off and not even care comes great super regenerative cancer. He's lousy with scar tissue, so he covers himself up with a kickass red jumpsuit. In the movie, he's physically perfect Ryan Reynolds. And we guess his personality resembled Deadpool's, until the badguy Stryker says "All your powers are belong to us" and makes him into that robot-like chimera. What the heck, Gavin Hood? Is this what you're going to do with Ender's Game?

V for Vendetta

Where most of the entries on this list got changed and became stupid, we actually liked this movie. The Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) really changed the comic to be more action so the true message didn't shine through, but if you think about it, the true message is that anarchy is awesome, so maybe that's best.

A couple of the changes were simply related to the times: instead of V taking over the radio, he takes over the TV broadcast, etc. Other things were changed to streamline the plot, but the biggest change was definitely the ending. And since it's just too good both ways (book and movie), we'll have to let you discover both endings for yourself.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The reason Alan Moore is the only writer with more than one comic on here is because Hollywood seems to love to poo on his stories. None of his most amazing work has ever been adapted faithfully, and the stuff that is (Watchmen, we're looking at you) still misses the point of his writing.

But no movie pooed quite as successfully on Moore's work than this movie. The original series took a bookworm's fantasy to the comic book world and made a masterful 19th century Avengers. The comic was posh and imaginative, at least for the first two volumes. Hollywood looked at this highbrow piece of sublimity and said "Forget that mess. Let's make an action movie with a vampire army!"

The movie's plot doesn't resemble the comic at all, and characters are added and taken away and changed willy-nilly with no seeming point to any of it. But even worse is how the movie descends into run-of-the-mill superhero blockbuster fare, when it came from such smart, lovable and deep source material.

The Walking Dead

Let's get two things straight; 1) there could not be more differences between The Walking Dead comics and the TV series. 2) We love them both. Even though they both follow the basic framework, nearly every character has a different story arc. Here's a few differences we can name off the top of our heads:

- Rick is a seasoned cop in the show, but a greenhorn who had never fired his gun at a single human at the beginning of the comic.

- Maggie doesn't die in childbirth in the comics.

- In the comics, the Governor cuts off Rick's hand when he has him captured.

- Dale doesn't die at Herschel's farm; he lives and actually has a thing with Angela (ew!).

- In the comics, Shane dies before they even reach Herschel's farm, and it was Carl that killed him.

- Merle and Darryl don't exist in the comics.

- In the comic, one of Rick's best friends is Tyreese, a character that hasn't appeared yet in the show.

Catwoman

Superhero spinoff films are famous for being flops (does anybody remember Elektra?) but this one reached unprecedented levels of fabulously stupid disregard for anything resembling the comics. First of all, Halle Berry's Catwoman is not Selina Kyle. Selina Kyle is only mentioned in the movie. Second, her costume looks like this. Third, she actually has powers. Fourth... well, there's more, but we're crying too hard to really talk about it.

Sufficeth to say that after this movie was released, Halle Berry thanked Warner Brothers for putting her in what she called a "god-awful movie."

What comic book hero do you hope is NEVER transferred to the big screen?

Tags: movies, batman, catwoman, superman, books-and-comics, alan moore, marvel entertainment, dc entertainment

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