So I know that many of you are checking Tapastic daily for the release of your favorite series – after all, we love our visual stories! But sometimes a story is so good that it transcends mediums and moves on to exist as a tv show or even a movie. We look at a few visual stories that have been developed into successful movies.
Screening in 2009, Watchmen was adapted from a 12 issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore released by DC Comics during 1986-1987. Set in an alternative universe in 1985, a group of costumed crime fighters known as the “Minutemen” have formed in response to a rise in crime and gang activity and have given the US a dramatic increase in ability to influence world events. The following events lead to rampant destruction and devastation (seems to be a trend in comic inspired stories) in what is a high powered and intense film. It grossed over $185 million while in the box office and received a 7.7 out of 10 from IMDB.
V for Vendetta
Drawn on by the loose hacking collective Anonymous as a mascot of sorts for their “questionable” tactics raising awareness to their causes, V for Vendetta was originally a ten issues comic book series also written by Alan Moore and released throughout the 1980’s. Centered on “V”, a masked revolutionary working to destroy what he believes is a totalitarian government oppressing the people. Adapted into a firm in 2006 that popularized the Guy Fawkes mask, V for Vendetta takes place in the 2030’s and is a dark and twisted story of government corruption and popular uprising. It was a box of success, grossing over $132 million and receiving an 8.2 out of 10 on IMBD.
One of my favorite movies, 300 was a phenomenally successful based on Frank Miller’s fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae which pitted 300 Spartan warriors against a hoard of over 1 million Persian’s led by their emperor Xerxes. Originally released in 1998 as a 5 issue limited series, the incredible adaptation of 300 into a film blew away most everyone when it was released in 2007. Box office proceeds topped $456 million dollars and overall reception was ranked at a 7.8 out of 10 on IMBD.
The last film I’m going to mention is an instant classic in my book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this, just a month or so ago the last time. Possibly the catalyst for all of the films previously mentioned, Sin City was a 13 part series also created by Frank Miller and released through 1991-1992. Following multiple stories all revolving around Basin City and the incredibly high crime rate and lack of moral decency found in many of the residents living there. Adapted into film in 2005 Sin City used gray scale and red coloring along with a vivid recreation of the “comic book” feel incredibly well as it created an experience for viewers never before felt. I’ll never forget watching Hartigan swinging from his noose as he tried to break free to save Nancy from further harm. Grossing over $158 million and receiving a 8.2 out of 10 from the IMBD, this film may have very well laid the ground work for all future graphic novel/comic book adaptations.
There you have it. Four incredible films all adapted from the illustrated stories they were originally created for. Which Tapastic series do you think would be best suited for an adaptation to film? Let us know in the comments below!