Where Would You Like to See the Comic Book Movie Genre Go?

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Last year’s Avengers: Endgame ended an era for Marvel that began with 2008’s Iron ManOf course, Marvel is going to keep making movies, but many have wondered exactly what the MCU will look like going forward and if the comics powerhouse can continue to dominate the field the way it has for over a decade.

Many commenters have suggested last year’s Joker represents a possible new direction for the comic book movie genre, and while I think it’s certainly possible movie studios will try to capitalize on the success of Todd Phillip’s film by making formulaic clones of it, I don’t know if “dark and gritty” is a compelling direction for the genre to move in.

But what about you? What direction would you like to see comic book movies move in?

Vin Diesel’s latest actioner, Bloodshotshit the bed last week, and probably killed any plans for a Valiant cinematic universe. Sure, the film didn’t get any help from theater closures due to coronavirus, but let’s be honest: that shit was never gonna start a Valiant cinematic universe.

Which is a shame, honestly, because I was hoping to see an adaptation of Valiant’s Rai, a zany 90s-era comic that follows the exploits of a spirit-like ninja who’s tasked with protecting a 41st century Japan that has detached from earth and now orbits the planet.

Of course, a straight adaptation of the original eight issue run of Valian’t Rai was never gonna happen anyway, but that’s where I’d like to see comic book movies go. Lean into the weird. Guardians of the Galaxy was a step in the right direction, but that is Marvel’s outlier.

There’s so many oddball books out there that could be mined for movie adaptations: Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan; any of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Jodoverse series published by Humanoids, including The Incal and Metabaronsthe 2012 series reboot of Rob Liefeld’s Prophet; Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg!; Frank Miller’s Ronin and Give Me Liberty; Judge Dredd: America – any of these titles would be interesting candidates for the big screen treatment.

And while I think one or two of these books could eventually get made into movies, I don’t think studios are going to be rushing out to embrace the weirdness in any of these titles. If anything, if any of them ever do get film adaptations, I doubt they’ll have much in common with their source material once uptight studio execs have their say.

But that’s it. That’s my answer. I’d like to see comic adaptations get weird. Really weird. Guardians proved it can be done and be hugely successful. It just takes the right creative team.

But what about you, folks? Where would you like to see comic book movies go from here?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Dhalbaby

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