Last summer everything
changed. A little independent art film called Spiderman
ran away with the box office and every nutsack producer
in Hollywood got his assistant on the cell phone and told
him to go to the comic store and pick up everything on the
shelf. You're not going to believe what's already in the
can, not to mention what's further down the line as far
as movies based on comics. It's a Golden Age that even Stan
Lee didn't see coming. So sit back, relax, enjoy, and let
The Beefboy do, what The Beefboy does best… and that's
break it right on down for you.
In the past ten
or so years, movies based on comics have brought greedy
Hollywood sharks plenty of skrilla (yes, The Beefboy said
skrilla). Batman and it's sequels, The Crow, The Mask, Blade
and Men in Black all came from the minds of comic geeks
and did fantastic box office. However, we were also treated
to such dogs as The Punisher, Captain America, Fantastic
Four and any other Marvel properties I forgot. For those
of us who have grimaced at some real dogs, the future of
comic-based movies is bright indeed.
X-Men and Spiderman,
and the money they brought in, have made comic-based films
a hot commodity. This year has an amazing line-up on the
heels of that success. Daredevil has already come out and
is doing well. Look for X-2, the X-Men sequel, The Hulk,
Bulletproof Monk (based on the 1993 Image limited series)
and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (based on Alan
Moore's series from America's Best Comics) starring Sean
That's the tip of the iceberg when compared to what is being
filmed or in development for next year. Batman: The Frightening,
is a prequel that should have a younger Batman, while Ashley
Judd stars as Catwoman in her own movie (Judd in a tight
latex outfit?… The Beefboy is first in line for that.)
Also in the works is The Fantastic Four, Superman, "re-imagined"
by Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and The Amazing Spiderman,
sequel to last year's hit.
audiences will undoubtedly flock to those movies there are
a few relatively obscure comics that hold even more promise
as films. Constantine, with Keanu Reeves, based on The DC/Vertigo
series Hellblazer, is one of The Beefboy's favorite comic
characters, and despite Reeves could be very good if handled
right. Yes, I know, Keanu Reeves as a blond English malcontent
is the most idiotic piece of casting since Tom Cruise played
a blond English vampire in The Vampire Lestadt, but hey,
Keanu didn't ruin The Matrix and Cruise didn't ruin Lestadt,
we may luck out here. Garth Ennis' tour de force, Preacher,
from the DC/Vertigo series, is slated to star James Marsden.
Finally, hang on to your prospective genitals for Mike Mignola's
Hellboy, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Blade 2) and starring
Ron Perlman! Del Toro is a powerful and highly underrated
director, while Perlman is the essence of cool. Hellboy
could be the movie of 2004 (don't hold your breath around
Oscar time though).
Hollywood types will continue to go to the comic store to
get new ideas. As long as the majority of comic movies make
money we should continue to see an increasing number of
adaptations. Hopefully, that will turn some movie audiences
into new comic readers, but let's not get silly! It's the
Golden Age for comics in movies. Enjoy it. Excelsior!
October 10, 2004
- Since I wrote this article some things changed. Obviously
Ashley Judd decided to not take the Catwoman role
(a good decision), Hulk tanked, Hellboy was not
the movie of the year (but still damn good) and the Batman
movie changed its name. I also discovered that Road
to Perdition was based on a comic.
looking forward to more X-Men, another Spiderman movie (are
you kidding?... if they keep making this much money on Spiderman
you can expect them to pop those out like teen mothers!),
Fantastic Four is coming out fairly soon, and we're still
waiting on several movies I mentioned in the article.