A Brief History of Comic Book Movies by Wheeler Winston Dixon

By Wheeler Winston Dixon

A short heritage of comedian e-book Movies traces the meteoric upward push of the hybrid artwork kind of the comedian ebook movie. those motion pictures hint their origins back to the early Forties, while the 1st Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later tv indicates within the Fifties and 60s, have been for the main half designed for kids.

But this day, with the carrying on with upward thrust of Comic-Con, they appear to be extra an element of the mainstream motion picture going adventure than ever, attractive to adults besides as younger fanatics. This booklet examines comedian ebook videos from the past and current, exploring how those motion pictures formed American tradition from the post-World battle II period to the current day, and the way they tailored to the altering tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

Organized in tough chronological order, the book's 5 chapters hide Origins, The DC Universe, The surprise Universe, Animé motion pictures, and Indies and Outliers, studying not just Hollywood motion pictures, yet ecu, Asian, and French lively motion pictures in addition.

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With a $200 million-plus budget and the return of director Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) delved back into the comics 34 A BRIEF HISTORY OF COMIC BOOK MOVIES for its story line, originally written and illustrated by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. In the movie version of Past, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to his 1973 body to stop the pre-Mystique character Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating the inventor (Peter Dinklage) of the mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels, thus preventing the war between mutants and humans.

The villainous Col. Stryker, played by Brian Cox, is an amalgam of the like-named mutant-hating evangelist in the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and the mysterious Professor from Barry Windsor-Smith’s series Weapon X. Stryker’s son Jason blends aspects of long-time X-villain Mastermind with Stryker’s stillborn mutant son and Xavier’s own bad-seed offspring. ”—is visualized in a terrific opening attack-on-theWhite-House scene. However, the conflicting plotlines of over a dozen characters started to wear on the screen, presenting viewers with a confusing myriad of potential spin-offs, sequels, and prequels.

When director Story was first attached to the project, skeptics wondered whether he could make the jump from low-budget comedies such as Barbershop (2002) into the superhero film, and certainly Fantastic Four’s financial success ultimately proved him equal to the challenge. However, his follow-up, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer only brought in $288 million and invited more criticism of visual bloat and a lack of pacing or story sense. The film was essentially a PG adventure-comedy version of Lee and Kirby’s Galactus Trilogy, the story line of an impending apocalypse heralded by the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne).

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