Movies Based on Comic Books: Underrated Favorites

This Friday one of the most anticipated movies of the season will be released – Marvel comic book heroes unite in the new movie, The Avengers. This will be a big money maker regardless of critics’ reviews. If you are a fan of action-packed comic book movies, here are my recommendations among the best lesser-acclaimed films based on comic books.
Blade (1998) – Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, was born a half-breed vampire and has the ability to move around by day, something other vampires cannot do. Blade, being left for dead as a child, is determined to rid the world of the evil vampires, so now the battle is on. This is an energetic movie with plenty of fun vampire culture to satisfy the horror fans, including the great opening scenes at a vampire nightclub. Just guess what is pumping through the sprinkler systems!

300 (2007) – Critics were not kind to this film. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, the film is what you would expect– very dark in all aspects. However, every frame of this film is treated as if you are looking at an illustration and is beautifully shot the entire way through. This is an action-packed romp of swords and sandals. Be sure to check this one out if you haven’t already.

Ghost World (2001) – Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) and Enid (Thora Birch) have just graduated high school and both are debating what to do with their lives. This is a fantastic film about coming of age, through the eyes of Enid, a counterculture rebel and her record-collecting friend played brilliantly by Steve Buscemi.

There are some other obvious choices for films based on comic books such as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Superman (1978) and Spiderman (2002), but I thought I would go beyond the classics and look a little deeper through my collection to offer up some films you might not have seen.

What are your favorite comic book films? Drop me a note and lets talk film! Also, comic book fans: Don’t miss the Comic Book Giveaway tomorrow at your local HPB.
And as always, no talking or texting during the feature presentation.
— Jim

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