See my previous post for some thoughts on my general lack of enthusiasm (at least lack of the level of enthusiasm of most of my fellow geeks) for movies and TV versions of my favorite comics and books.
That being said, I think that comic book movies have come a long way and improved quite a bit, especially in the area of being faithful to the original source material.
I credit this movie for starting the trend:
Okay, admittedly, there were some changes, and I know that some hardcore fans got righteously indignant over the "organic" web-shooters.
But seriously, take a look at Spider-Man and see what a great job they did with the cast. The minor characters that Hollywood would in past years have thrown out are present and in most cases spot-on. J.K. Simmons absolutely NAILED the part of J. Jonah Jameson. And this movie didn't NEED J. Jonah Jameson. He was there because somehow against all odds, the powers that be in Hollywood actually paid attention to the comics and realized that the fans didn't want to see Hollywood's Spider-Man. They wanted to see Marvel's Spider-Man, or at the risk of sounding overly sentimental THEIR Spider-Man.
Since that time, there have been some films that ditched the source material completely (Wanted), but there have been a lot more that made a very serious effort to stick close to it (Lord of the Rings did a pretty admirable job). If Spider-Man had been a flop, I'm not sure if we'd be seeing that kind of effort. We might easily have remained stuck in the days when Hollywood thought that Cathy Lee Crosby as a blonde Wonder Woman was a good idea.
From My Creations
It's been about two weeks since this challenge was for favorite cartoon series, and I STILL don't have anyone offering a movie deal.
So, sorry, no Dandelion Studios films in the works, and that means a pass on this half of today's question. However, I don't want to leave you with nothing video-wise, so here's the video trailer for the first issue of Stone.
The 30 Day Comic Challenge Page on Facebook is here. Here is the complete list of daily topics:
30 Day Comic Challenge
Day 28 - Favorite comic publisher.
Day 29 - A comic you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 - Your favorite run or series of all time.