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Neorama’s Top Five Comic Book Movies

Usually, when I hear that Hollywood is making a movie based on something I love, I cringe at the ways in which I imagine they are going to ruin it. However, over the past couple years, they have created some really great movies based on some legendary comic books and characters. Here is our top five:

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5.   This film from Robert Rodriguez is nearly a panel by panel remake of the series written by Frank Miller. With its film noir style, amazing camera work, and an all-star cast, it is no wonder that Sin City has made it onto this list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Groundbreaking is just one of the ways to describe this film from Zack Snyder (based on yet another Frank Miller story). Other ways to describe include: action-packed, bloody, exhilerating, and amazing. Utilizing the bullet time film technique originated from The Matrix in a swords and sandels action film was a wise choice from the director, adding to the granduer of the Spartan warriors in 300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. What can we say, watching this movie just makes you want to dress like a pilgrim and overthrow your government. Directed by James McTeigue who worked on all three Matrix films, Dark City, and more is an updated version of Alan Moore’s graphic novel by the same name. It is nothing less than inspiring and features all the strangeness that one would expect from Alan Moore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. The first film produced entirely by Marvel, they threw in everything and the kitchen sink when they made this movie. Granted they updated the origin story to fit in more with modern times, but the result was a action-packed, special effects extravaganza that lends itself quite easily to repeat viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Having easily proven itself the king of comic book movies, Chris Nolan’s take on Batman has everyone whirling. Bale plays millionare Bruce Wayne and Batman with equal skill, Ledger’s Joker is now legendary, Ekhart as Two-Face by far tops Tommy Lee Jones’ version, and it sits at #2 in all time box office earnings with $504,798,337 and climbing under its belt.

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September 3, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Project Overload

Okay, so here’s my problem. I have all these great ideas I want to bring to you and I get excited about them. This excitement gets me working on all of them at once. Now, considering I work two jobs, children, and am trying to have something of a social life as well, this leaves me very little time to work on personal projects. I usually do a little bit after writing my post for this blog every night, but with so many projects going on it’s hard to believe that any of them will get done. This tells me I am officially in project overload and that I need to cut back.

It is for this reason that I must cut a few of the projects you might have heard about: The Murder, Readers’ Choice, and the untitled project mentioned about the Babylonian creation story (sorry Nate, I tried to get ahold of you today but you were gone already). What are we working on then? I have started on a script for a comic miniseries that readers of Frank Miller should love. This will actually be part of a trilogy of stories, each one featuring twelve 16-page issues. Also in the pipe are twelve scripts for sketch comedy performances. Once completed, I will try to put together a ragtag comedy troop and produce them for your viewing pleasure.

Sorry to disappoint anyone, especially you Nate (but check your inbox often, I will have character descriptions for you soon). This was a choice I had to make or run the risk of not being able to bring anything to you at all. You can still expect to see daily blog posts here as well. Also, those nixed projects are not gone forever. They’ve been placed on the back burner until I can free up some more time to do them right.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Comics Are Literature Part 2

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Quite possibly the most famous Batman story out there, Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a gritty and violent tale of a man wrestling with inner demons and putting a ruined city back in order. Ten years after Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, Gotham has fallen to pieces. It is overrun by a gang of killers and, as Bruce walks home one night, they wake up something they wish they never had. The Batman returns with a vengence that can only be satisfied when “his” city is safe once again. Taking on gangs, the Joker, a new police comissioner, and even Superman, nothing will stand in his way.

Masterfully written by Frank Miller (300, Sin City, Ronin, and the contraversial All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder), we are invited into the mind of a tortured soul who relives watching his parents die every day. This is 5/5 star material that you don’t want to miss folks.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

DC Gets Dark

Andy Khouri reported on Comic Book Resources yesterday that Warner Brothers’ president, Jeff Robinov, intends to explore the darker side of superheroes in films based on DC comics. This is in response to the recent success of the company’s record setting film, The Dark Knight, and the fact that Superman Returns wasn’t such a hot movie. This course of action has thus put a damper on the Superman/Batman movie, the Justice League movie, and a Superman sequel. Instead, the company intends on releasing about two films based on DC characters per year, portraying them as darkly as the character will allow, and using Marvel’s strategy of introducing each character individually with plans of making an eventual team movie. This means reintroducing Superman and retooling some of the other projects they had planned. Currently, they have Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman movies in development, as well as a third Batman film.

However, I don’t think this is the solution for them. Honestly, Batman is their darkest character (aside from their Vertigo titles) and he’s still not as dark as he could be. Adopting Marvel’s strategy is a good idea… as long as they stick with keeping the same actors in the roles of the characters they are playing. Rather than making all the characters dark though, they should portray the character as they were meant to be portrayed. For Superman, I would introduce him much like they introduced Batman in Batman Begins with flashbacks shown between an present storyline. Instead of making him dark though, I would show him as someone who has grown to love humanity with an overwhelming desire to protect it. Superman Returns really just portrayed him as a two dimensional character who could do neat stuff. Oh, and could we get someone for him to pound on? And, while I like Jonathan and Ryan Nolan’s scripts for the Batman films, I would make them darker still and invite either Frank Miller or Allen Moore to write the third one. What about this title: “The Goddamn Batman?”

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, DC Comics, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments