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Comics to Movies…

For the past several years, there have been a lot of Comic Books which made its way to the big screen.


What once used to be a hit from comic stands now dominates the box office.


For some people, the younger generation, they will see these movies as entertaining but for the older ones, I am sure that they have mixed comments on these movies as some of them did not stay true to the characters when they were still in comics.


As some directors say it, their films are “loosely” based on the comic books, but how can they say that if the movie is all about the comic’s main character? Others will say that they had to make amendments to the hero’s origin as it is no longer applicable during the present time.


Whatever they say about it, it still feels good that comics are considered as a good material for big budgeted movies. I can’t wait to see what other movies we can expect in the future.


For those people asking on which of their beloved comic books has been made to movies, here’s a list…


Animated Films are very tricky but I have decided to include them on this list.


30 Days of Night, 2007


300, 2007


A History of Violence, 2005


Art School Confidential, 2006


American Splendor, 2003


Barb Wire – Pamela Anderson Lee, 1996



v      Batman – Michael Keaton, 1989

v      Batman Returns – Michael Keaton, 1992

v      Batman Forever – Val Kilmer, 1995

v      Batman and Robin – George Clooney and Chris O’Donnel, 1997

v      Batman Begins – Christian Bale, 2005

v      The Dark Knight – Christian Bale, 2008


Blade – Wesley Snipes

v      Blade, 1998

v      Blade II, 2002

v      Blade Trinity, 2004


Bulletproof Monk – Chow Yun-Fat, 2003 


Cat Woman – Halle Berry, 2004


Captain America – Matt Salinger, 1990


Constantine – Based on Hellblazer – Keanu Reeves, 2005


Dare Devil – Ben Affleck, 2003


Dick Tracy – Warren Beatty, 1990


Electra – Jennifer Garner, 2005


Fantastic Four – Ioan Gruffud, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis

v      Fantastic Four, 2005

v      Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2007


From Hell – 2001, was based on the Graphic Novel with the same title



v      Garfield: The Movie, 2004

v      Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, 2006


Ghost Rider – Nicholas Cage, 2007


Ghost World, 2001


Heavy Metal, 1991


Hellboy – Ron Perlman

v      Hellboy, 2004

v      Hellboy II: The Golden Army, 2008


Howard the Duck, 1986


Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr., 2008


Josie and the Pussycats, 2001


Judge Dredd, 1995 – Sylvester Stallone


Men in Black (MIB) – Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith

v      Men In Black I, 1997

v      Men In Black II, 2002


Monkeybone – Brendan Fraser, 2001 was based on the Graphic Novel Dark Town


Mystery Men – Based on the Flaming Carrot, 1999  


Nick Fury – David Hasselhoff, 1998 – this movie was made for TV


Popeye – Robin Williams, 1980



v      The Punisher – Dolph Lundgren, 1989

v      The Punisher – Thomas Jane, 2004


Richie Rich – Macaulay Culkin, 1994


Road to Perdition, 2002


Sin City, 2005


Spawn – Michael Jai White, 1997


Spiderman – Tobey Maguire

v      Spiderman, 2002

v      Spiderman II, 2004

v      Spiderman III, 2007


Supergirl – Helen Slater, 1984



v      Superman – Christopher Reeve, 1978

v      Superman II – Christopher Reeve, 1981

v      Superman III – Christopher Reeve, 1984

v      Superman IV: The Quest for Peace – Christopher Reeve, 1987

v      Superman Returns – Brandon Routh, 2006


Tales from the Crypt, 1972


Tank Girl, 1995


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

v      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990

v      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, 1991

v      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, 1993

v      TMNT, 2007


The Crow – Brandon Lee, 1994


The Incredible Hulk

v      Hulk – Eric Bana, 2003

v      The Incredible Hulk – Edward Norton, 2008


The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen, 2003


The Mask – Jim Carrey, 1994


The Rocketeer – Bill Campbell, 1991


Timecop – Jean Claude Van Damme, 1994


Transformers, 2007


V for Vendetta, 2006


Wanted, 2008



v      X-Men, 2000

v      X2: X-Men United, 2003

v      X-Men III: The Last Stand, 2006


I will try to update this list for as much as I can. If you have any comments or anything that you would like to add, please send me an e-mail or a comment.


Last update: 18 June 2008


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