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June 20, 2009


I enjoy comic books as much as the next geek… that’s first and foremost. And when the powers that be decide to make a movie based on a particular comic book I follow, well that’s just icing on the proverbial cake.

You would think that the transition from page to screen would be smooth, right? Wrong.

I don’t think when Stan Lee and Jack “King” Kirby created “The Incredible Hulk” they were trying to show the many angles pertaining to the duality of man. WTF?

I'm in no hurry to watch the angry green guy on the big screen as a troubled adult who is struggling to repress memories of a traumatic childhood, only to have ‘monstrous’ results with the aid of a few shots of gamma radiation. I want to see the big lug go heads up with comic book foes like The Abomination (Kudos for having that character in the second Hulk film, by the way.) or even his most famous opponent, Wolverine!

Is that too much to ask? Well, apparently…yes.

And speaking of “Wolverine’, I look at the “X-MEN” & "WOLVERINE" movies as separate entities in relation to their comic book counterparts. I want to see the stories, characters and costumes that I had grown familiar with. The movie version of Wolverine is very much different from his comic book likeness. He was named “Wolverine” due to his size (topping off at about 5’4”) and his ferocious animal-like personality. Yet in the movie(s), he is about six feet and wears a black leather outfit without as much of a hint of his trademark mask! I may be seeing things differently, but when I go see a movie based on a comic book, I want to SEE semblances of said comic book! Original costumes and all! Why do screenwriters insist on changing the “tried and true?” Well, some of them anyway.

Hollywood claims that the colors of certain costumes would not translate well onto the silver screen. Who could imagine the sight of actors and actresses walking around and fighting in skintight outfits with loud color schemes? Impossible, they said. But it sure didn’t hurt ticket sales or discourage interest in seeing a man dressed in a blue outfit with a big “S” on his chest wearing a long red cape, or even a friendly neighborhood crime fighter who inherited the abilities of an arachnid now, did it?

They also said that our ‘heroes’ shouldn’t wear masks because the average movie patron wants to see the actors’/ actresses’ faces. But, I’m sure that the real reason is that these studios aren’t too crazy on paying a celebrity millions of dollars to only show their face on the screen for a few minutes at a time.

Stick to the formula, you mooks! It’s only a comic book. There is no logic to the storylines, settings or breast sizes for that matter! It’s fantasy! Believe it or not, the movie fans WANT to see the comic book characters and their stories on the screen, not rewrites! The movie going experience is an escape from reality. Or did we forget that little detail?

Ok, it’s not considered logical for a ‘hero’ to walk around in tight spandex, but we are led to believe that a normal human being can have powers after being bit by a radioactive spider? Is it really believable that someone can have bones made of an unbreakable alloy, but then be considered far fetched if that same person were to wear a mask and a brightly colored costume as well? You tell me.

Flamboyant costumes for heroes on the big screen are not considered realistic, but the sight of a person leaping tall buildings in a single bound?

Yeah, we see that every time.