Most people are familiar with Marvel and DC comics, which have led to dozens of blockbuster movies. However, many more beloved movies also came from exciting comic books that someone couldn’t wait to turn into a cinematic masterpiece. You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite films originated as comic books or graphic novels!
1. The Mask (1994)
The Mask is an eccentric film starring Jim Carrey as a meek man who becomes boisterous and bold when he finds a mask that transforms him into a cartoonish creature. It’s based on the comic book of the same name, which was first published in the late ’80s. While the two works share an unmistakable visual style, the comic book was much more violent, while the film was tamed.
2. Snowpiercer (2013)
Snowpiercer is a sensational film by Bong Joon-Ho, the director of Parasite, about the last surviving humans who live on a massive train that keeps them safe from the ice age outside. The movie, and eventually TV series, was based on the comic book Le Transperceneige. This incredible and compelling story is a must-watch for fans of apocalyptic tales.
3. Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Not all of the Alien and Predator movies are based on comic books, but Alien vs. Predator, as well as Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem comes from the Alien vs. Predator comic book series. Many fans have qualms with the adaptations and source material, but that doesn’t change how gripping and exciting all the Alien vs. Predator stories are.
4. Wanted (2008)
This fast-paced and edgy movie has everything you could: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, bullets you can control, secret assassination plots, and more. The thrilling and intense movie came from the short comic book series Wanted, which only ran from 2003 to 2005 but told an irresistibly complex and existential story that translated to the screen well.
5. Men In Black (1997)
Despite its wild success, not many people know that the Men In Black movies are based on a comic book series called The Men In Black, published from 1990 to 1997. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith have become the faces of this franchise, making many people forget that they’re the original men in black from the comic book.
6. Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996)
Sabrina The Teenage Witch is a charming and whimsical TV show and film about a young girl navigating her magical powers while growing up. The series is the most famous, while the film isn’t quite as popular. However, hardly anyone knows this adorable concept came from a comic book of the same name that is still published today!
7. Push (2009)
Push is a gritty film about people with distinct powers. Some can control others’ actions, others can control objects, but all of them have impressive mutant powers. The comic book came out in 2008, and the film was released in 2009, so the two were practically the same, but the movie got way more attention.
8. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a vibrant LGTBQ+ movie, but most people only talk about the heavy, intimate scenes, neglecting the beautiful message that originated in the comic series. Sadly, the comic author does not condone the adaptation's direction, so there is a disconnect between the two works.
9. Little Orphan Annie (1932)
Annie is an iconic character we all love, but few people remember the comic series. Along with the 1932 version, this comic series by the same name also led to Little Orphan Annie (1938), Annie (1982), Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1996), Annie (1999), and Annie (2014), so while the comic series may be little-known, Annie's story is widely loved.
10. Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Hero 6 is a marvelous children’s film based on one of the lesser-known Marvel comics. The movie and comic series are visually vibrant and engaging, but the plots differ dramatically. The movie’s storyline is less complex, but both works have the same heart.
11. 300 (2006)
While many don’t know 300 was a comic book series first, the movie’s distinct and artistic style has a comic-y feel. The film's storyline and many other elements are true to the comic series. The 300 comic came out in 1998, and both works are based on real-life events, so you could call history the true source material.
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