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dalepetrie's avatar

Graphic novel fans, what do you think is still out there to be mined for the movies?

Asked by dalepetrie (18024points) March 11th, 2009

First they made the ones that even non-fans knew, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Hulk. Then they started to dig deeper adapting the lesser known but still popular ones like Daredevil and X-Men into films. Then they started to adapt more niche graphic novels like V for Vendetta, Ghost World, 300, American Splendor, and now they’ve taken on Watchmen, which is supposed to be the be all end all of graphic novels. So, what else is out there that those of us who had never heard of Sin City or the Watchmen or what not until the movie came about, might be treated to in the coming years? Do you have any favorites that you think would make a great film? Do you know of anything in the works that will probably be a big blockbuster some day soon? Clearly this is fertile soil for filmmakers, or has been for the past couple decades, but is it tapped out…is it a dead end now that the ultimate GN has been adapted, or is there still plenty of source material out there?

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gailcalled's avatar

Read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. There is nothing new under the sun, or under that full moon that occured a few days ago.

MrItty's avatar

Didn’t I hear something about a Captain America coming out sometime soon? And/Or something combining some of Marvel’s latest – IronMan and Hulk?

wundayatta's avatar

Pokemon? Power Puff girls? Dora the Explora?

cwilbur's avatar


I’m not sure if I want them to try or not—there are just so many things they could do wrong.

TheRocketPig's avatar

yeah you have all the main marvel stuff coming out. Thor, Captain America, The Avengers… Aside from even those there are a ton of comics that would make fantastic movies. A couple good reads would be Invincible, Preacher, Bone, Y The Last Man. There are several “alternate universe” books that would translate well to film… Superman: Red Son would be interesting (what if Superman lands in communist Russia as a baby instead of America)

As long as they don’t totally rape the story (I’m looking at you Wanted) I’m happy with most comic adaptations.

Ria777's avatar

@daloon, those don’t qualify as graphic novels, really. (well, two of the three have had comics based on them. maybe three of the three for all I know.)

wundayatta's avatar

Oops. My bad.

adreamofautumn's avatar

I agree with Sandman…Neil Gaiman is huge right now (especially thanks to the successes of MirrorMask and Coraline).

I love Runaways. I think it would make for a great movie for the younger graphic novel crowd.

cookieman's avatar

I’d say it’s too late now as the horse has already left the stable for X-Men movies, but…
I would have loved to see God Loves, Man Kills (by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson) made into a movie.

I’m hoping the new Wolverine movie draws heavily from Barry Windsor Smith’s Weapon X story.

adreamofautumn's avatar

I would also LOVE to see the “secret invasion” series done.

Ria777's avatar

@cprevite, they pretty already did adapt that one for X-Men 2.

I would like to like to see a series made of The Invisibles. they couldn’t possibly make a direct adaptation, though. a television serial of it almost got made in the UK. you can (or could—or still could, via read the scripts for that on Grant Morrison’s site.

cookieman's avatar

@Ria777: A little bit of it was in there – but they turned Stryker into a military expert instead of a priest. They mixed in some Weapon X stuff. It was an amalgam.

I would have preferred a straight interpretation. The inclusion of the church was the best part of that story. Lots of good subtext. X-Men 2 completely avoided all that.

dalepetrie's avatar

Thanks to everyone, I love to see my questions take on a life of their own.

btko's avatar

berzerk would be quite good i think

Staalesen's avatar

Squadron Supreme… Marvels answer to wachmen in regards to ethics and consequenses..

El_Cadejo's avatar

@btko i agree.

I think Preacher would be pretty awesome if done right.

kevinhardy's avatar

sandman would pretty sweet

MacBean's avatar

I would CRY if they tried to do Sandman. Here’s an article that Neil Gaiman shared, saying he agreed with it:

Five Graphic Novels Hollywood Needs to Stay Away From

dalepetrie's avatar

Well one thing’s for sure, I have to read Sandman.

Alyanna's avatar

I used to read a comic/graphic novel called ElfQuest by Wendy Pini – she’s been working on a deal to turn it into a movie for about 10 years now (it’s an indy comic, not something big like Marvel, which explains why she’s had trouble).

And no one else has mentioned it, but there’s currently a series of interconnected movies being made based on the Ultimate Marvel universe:
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Ant-Man (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2010)
The First Avenger: Captain America (2011)
The Avengers (2011)

Staalesen's avatar

@Alyanna I love elfquest!
Here it is big :)

Alyanna's avatar

@Staalesen Wow, I didn’t know it was big anywhere (LOL). I used to love it, but I haven’t read it in a few years – I didn’t like the new format once they started putting tiny bits of multiple stories in the comics, all b&w, and drawn by different artists. I prefer Wendy’s art, and reading 5 pages of each story a month got annoying. I would still love to see a movie of it, as long as they keep to the original story. :)

Staalesen's avatar

The scope of the series would maybe be better for a Tv series ?

Alyanna's avatar

@Staalesen True, but I think they’re going to make the movie from just the first 4 books – though I could be wrong. Or maybe they’ll make a series of movies, like Harry Potter.

I actually just finished a series of books that I think would make a great TV series – The Black Company by Glen Cook (not a graphic novel/comic, but still worth mentioning). The style of the books seem ideal for TV – they could make each chapter an episode, and each book a season.

Staalesen's avatar

@Alyanna I think I read the first one…. it the story from the “evil” side of a war ? right ?

Alyanna's avatar

@Staalesen Sort of. They’re really just a band of mercenaries. Sometimes they’re on the good side, sometimes the bad side. I liked the first book pretty well, but I think they just keep getting better as they go.

TheKNYHT's avatar

@TheRocketPig You hit on all the ones that I myself want to see! top of the list is THOR! If done right with a good lead actor and the best director, this could go BIG for Marvel!
It has an archeologist looking for Norse artifacts, so you got the Indy Jones angle. It has all kinds of heroes and villians with swords and magic so there is the fantasy/Lord of the Rings type element. Then the good ol fashioned super heroe gig thats ever so popular these days.
ALSO looking forward to X Men ORIGINS: Wolverine! It gots GAMBIT in it, who was one I was hoping to see in one of the X Men installments! They are also talking about doing an Origins on Magneto, even using Ian McKellan as the character by ‘de-aging’ him like they did in the 3rd X Men movie. Avengers and Captain America: YES!!!
Also I’d LOVE to see a Doctor Strange flick! Imagine what they could do with all the hi tech special FX with a graphic novel like that!
Justice League is one I’d like to see as well, as long as its not HOKEY! And Green Lantern! OH! OH! and the FLASH!

Alyanna's avatar

@TheKNYHT Thor comes out next year, Captain America in 2011 – they’re both part of the string of movies leading up to “The Avengers” (also in 2011 – see my first post for the full list)

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