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What Comics/Superheroes Should Not be Made Into Movies?
December 24, 2016 By Richard Hayes
Pearls Before Swine
In my opinion, the famous comic, Pearls Before Swine should never be made into a movie. The comic itself is absolutely terrific and should always be preserved this way. Each character is extremely unique, and possess characteristics that make it unlike any other comic I can think of. Props to Stephan Pastis, the creator of Pearls Before Swine, for coming up with these hilarious characters.
The plot of the comics are extremely simple. Which is great for what it is, but bad for a motion picture, especially if you want it to have a decent runtime. The Pearls Before Swine settings would also not translate well to the big screen. Usually taking place in a setting such as an office or coffee shop, the comic definitely does not have a wide variety of backgrounds. Again, I believe this is perfect for a short comic strip, but people do not want to watch a similar setting for hours at a time.
Astro City is a robust city made up of a number of neighborhoods and full of all kinds of super-powered beings. This may sounds like great making for a feature film, however, author Kurt Busiek’s approach to storytelling makes this almost impossible. Some issues are told from the viewpoint of the superheroes, some are from the “regular people”, other are from villains and various criminals you have never been introduced to.
The issues are also presented using various mediums. Some storylines connect while some are standalone, and you never know what you’re going to get. Sure, a movie could do justice to maybe one or two of the story arcs, but so much would be lost. The complexity of which this series is written and developed makes for an amazing comic, and it should stay that way.
Another comic I believe should not be made into a movie/film is Fort Knox. However, it is for a very different reason than most. Fort Knox should not be made into a movie simply because the story is too outrageous. Yes, it is the 21st century and we have the ability to do amazing things with films. However, when making a movie based off a comic, it should be as similar as possible.
The sons in the comic, Donald and Wesley, would be very hard to recreate unless they used some sort of animation. The problem is, people want to see a comic strip brought to life. Yes, animation achieves that, but real-life takes it to a whole new level. Recreating these characters with a similar plot in real-life would not be conceivable.
We must preserve the great work authors strived to accomplish by continuing their legacy in newspapers and comic books only. Though with Marvel now in phase three of its cinematic universe films, it would be nice to see a new wave of some comics come to alive on the big screen. Hollywood is cashing in these movies, but it’s getting a little stale. New comics and superheroes need to be made into movies, hopefully they are the right ones.
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