Best and Worst Movies Based on Comic Books
There are thousands of reasons why comic books get adapted into movies all the time. Their graphic nature lends itself perfectly the creation of a movie with bold and visionary design, and most of the time, they already come with a fanbase eager to see more character development and storylines. However, the quality of the movie still depends on the directing and producing team, regardless of how successful the comic. Here’s a compilation of some of the best and worst comic book movies of all time.
Best: 300 (2006)
While Frank Miller’s 300 was first a graphic novel before a movie, Zack Synder’s 2006 adaptation has far surpassed the graphic novel it was based on in popularity. Going on to become a fan-favorite of both action and comic book fans.
300 perfectly captured the art of the book, in some cases creating shot-for-shot remakes of images that could be found in the novel. The film was primarily shot on a sound stage with the exception of single setting which was filmed on location, allowing the post-production artists to manipulate the images to look like they sprang to life from the pages of Miller’s novel.
Unfortunately, the prequel movie 300: Rise of an Empire didn’t fare so well in the box office, and was critically panned.
Worst: Catwoman (2004)
Catwoman started out well. Producers wanted to make a movie focused on the character of Catwoman, since she’s become a very important character in the Batman comics over the years and is an interesting anti-hero.
Unfortunately, the movie released in 2004 was an absolute flop. Producers tried to entice viewers by dressing Catwoman in sexy, fetish-inspired costumes, but true comic book fans saw right through that as a ploy for attention. Then, they cast Halle Berry as a brand new character instead of the iconic Selina Kyle, and turned the entire movie into a comment on Catwoman’s sexuality.
The writing was terrible, and the movie as a whole received seven Golden Raspberry nominations. Fans were impressed when Halle Berry actually arrived at the Razzies in person to accept her Worst Actress award, with her Monster’s Ball Oscar in hand.
Best: Logan (2017)
It seems unbelievable that Wolverine as a character could sustain such amazing movies, like Logan, and such awful movies, like X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Logan, which was directed by James Mangold, follows Wolverine in a near future alternate universe as he protects a young girl named Laura, who appears to have similar powers. The film takes inspiration from Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic arc, which covers the trials and tribulations of Wolverine from an alternate Earth.
After many missteps, Logan proved that the X-Men franchise can produce something that is a financial and critical success. It’s both a brilliant, watchable action movie and tear-jerking drama all at the same time.