Taking a closer look at the Wanted Super Bowl commercial, it really is quite striking how different the film is from the comic book it purports to adapt.
This made me think of adaptations period. What do you think is the best live action comic book adaptation period? I don’t mean “best comic book film” period, because almost every significant superhero film has not been an adaptation, really, I don’t think. They don’t pick a story and adapt it, they seem to adapt the CHARACTERS more than the story, and then just make up their own story.
As far as adaptations go, few are as good as Ghost World, where Daniel Clowes even co-wrote the screenplay with Terry Zwigoff. Frank Miller was given similar treatment (even more so, really) for Sin City, but it is debatable if that resulted in an actual better adaptation.
After that, the pickings are a bit slim. Art School Confidential, perhaps? History of Violence was not a great adaptation, but was still a good film. American Splendour was good – was it an adaptation in the direct sense? Road to Perdition? 300? Sin City?
What do you think?
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