With the development of the computer technology comic book superheroes have gotten a new life – this time on the big screen. Nowadays creators can embody the most daring special effects, as well as watch superheroes work wonders not on paper, but in 3D. It seems like this is the perfect time to put Marvel or DC fantasy stories to the big screen, since technical capabilities of our time allow drawing fairy worlds from scratch.
We now can surely call 2010s “the era of the comic book movie”, just like the main genre of ‘40s was noir detective or action movies that were popular in the 90s. Hollywood studios do not get tired of screening sometimes forgotten comics’ classical themes with people’s favorite superheroes.
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Superman appeared on the big screen in 1948. However the first film adaptation was not so successful and did not add much popularity to the character. But the 1978 movie, directed by Richard Donner, became instant classics, breaking all possible records.
Superman was played by athlete and stuntman Christopher Reeve. This movie had everything to become a universal film of all times: fairy love in spite of everything, man who could throw a car with one hand and was afraid to talk to a girl, the triumph of good and evil. By the way, none of the following movies were able to repeat the success of this one.
2. Spider Man
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The first film about Spider Man was directed by Sam Raimi and became a huge hit in 2002. Spider Man was played by Tobey Maguire. It is known that before the shooting actor had to stick to a strict diet. Tobey hasn’t read any comics about the superhero and agreed to be in a movie only because he liked the script. The first movie brought its creators 800 million dollars and the total box office of the trilogy exceeded 1,5 billion dollars.
The first film about Batman was released in 1943 (starring Lewis Wilson), but the real popularity dark filmography reached at the end of 20th century. From 1989 to 1997 four movies have been released, in which Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney tried on the Batman’s black suit and mask.
Michael Keaton took the Batman role with great responsibility. For more than 2 month before the shooting he was taking kickboxing lessons from David Lee and therefore was able to perform almost all the tricks himself. As a result the movie received the “Oscar” and a lot of nominations in other prestigious awards.
Interesting fact: the largest dividends from Batman movie adaptation actually received Jack Nicholson. Instead of a regular fee for the role as the Joker actor asked for royalties from the movie’s box office. In total, Jack Nicholson earned about 60 million dollars and continues to receive money until now. This got him into the “Guinness Book of Records.”
4. Iron Man
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A little later than already mentioned superheroes got its movie adaptation Iron Man. Its creators sketched the image of billionaire Tony Stark from the famous philanthropist and adventurer Howard Hughes. Actor Robert Downey Jr. had to work hard to bring the Iron Man character to life on the big screen. Not only that shooting took more than a year, Robert also had to work with special effects to accurately convey all the movements of his character.
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X-Men is another series of science fiction films about the team is mutants from Marvel comics. At first was released trilogy, followed by a number of prequels, sequels and spin-offs. The main character of X-Men is mutant Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman. Wolverine has a wonderful gift of recovery and is able to recover from the most devastating wounds.
Today 8 movies have been released about the adventures of the X-Men team: Wolverine, Rogue, Storm and others. In March 2017 a new superhero film “Logan” will be released. It will be the third and final Wolverine film as usual starring Hugh Jackman.
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This American fiction thriller directed by Tim Miller was released in 2016. The film continues the series of X-Men movies. The plot of the film is a story about famous Marvel comics’ character named Deadpool (starring Ryan Reynolds) and his transformation from an ordinary man into a hero with superpowers.
Interesting that Deadpool is already the fifth comic book adaptation for Ryan Reynolds. Previously he starred in “Blade 3: Trinity” (2004), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “Green Lantern” (2011) and “R.I.P.D.” (2013).
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Unlike other comic book characters for Ant-Man superhero this is the first appearance in a separate movie, apart from occasional appearances in the animated films. Movie tells a story about petty crook Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who with the help of an unusual high-tech suit receives the ability to decrease in size, but still maintain his strength. The filmmakers did a great research work, studying ants and abilities of different species of these insects to convey the behavior of a character as accurately as possible.
In 2015 Marvel Studios confirmed that a sequel titled “Ant-Man and Wasp” is scheduled for release in July 2018. It is now confirmed that Peyton Reed will come back to the director’s chair along with Michael Douglas for the role of Hank Pym.
8. The Avengers
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One of the highest grossing films of 2012 was shot by Joss Whedon. He combined all previous adaptations of comic book heroes: the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America – to save the world from the evil Loki. At the same time all superheroes have individual films with their original stories, which in “the Avengers” boil down to a common plot.