Friday, November 26, 2010
For little boys and little boys now living in a man’s body, this has to be the golden age of cinema. More comic book and big action movies than ever before are making their way to the big screen and the results have been better than expected.
The renaissance might have started with the release of the first Spiderman movie in 2002. Spiderman went with the tradition started by Richard Donner who directed the first comic book movie blockbuster. Donner’s Superman decided to treat the material as something other than the campy trash that usually made it to the big screen. Comic book movies had been turned into something nearly indescribable by the Batman television series of the 1960s. A mix of camp and lame jokes, Adam West as Batman set back comic book adaptations for years.
After Donner’s Superman the industry seemed to return to the camp of West’s portrayal of Batman. George Clooney issued a public apology for his effort as the Caped Crusader as his turn behind the cowl in the movie Batman and Robin might be one of the worst American films ever made.
Although the series had no where to go but up, Christopher Nolan’s vision provided the character of Batman with not only a brilliant film but also a radical departure from previous film adaptations. Batman Begins was a fine film, but the Dark Knight took comic book movies to an entirely different level. The Dark Knight won an Academy Award and even earned some serious consideration for Best Picture.
With adaptations of characters including Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America on the horizon, comic book fans can only hope that the films follow in the path of the Dark Knight. Top affiliate programs can message the amount of interest in these movies, but the buzz from fans is that the comic books movies will bring out the diehards — probably more than once