Comic book adaptations are now a massive sub-genre in Hollywood. But at the dismay of comic book purists, some of these movies stray away from their source material with varying results. Here’s our list of movies that strayed, what they got wrong, and what they got right (sometimes very little).
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Also, Logan’s amnesia has always been an integral part of his character. Fake memories implanted? Sure, I’ll buy it. Changing the how is fine, but unbreakable adamantium bullets piercing unbreakable adamantium body parts causing catastrophic brain damage? The idea sounds very “we must justify this plot device in 30 seconds of film” to me.
Adamantium can't cut adamantium in the comics, so this just screams lazy writing to me.
Big Hero 6
Hiro: While movie Hiro is certainly a genius, comic book Hiro is on a completely different level. Hiro Takachiho is more than just a robotics genius, but also a master of biology, physics, battle tactics and strategy. He also refused to join Big Hero 6 when initially targeted as a possible member of the team, only reconsidering after his mother was kidnapped by the big bad.
Baymax: Comic book Baymax is a synthformer powered by water, able to shift into various battle forms as well has a very imposing human form while out and about with Hiro. He’s also implanted with the memories and personality of Hiro’s deceased father, giving them a sort of father/son dynamic that really resonates with me personally.
Honey Lemon: Instead of endearingly nerdy, comic book Honey Lemon was a sassy secret agent with a purse connected to a pocket dimension that held every tool for any situation you could possibly think of.
Both versions of the Big Hero 6 team are rad, but the similarities between the two are very minimal at best. “I wouldn’t call the movie ‘based on’; it’s more ‘inspired by,’” says director Don Hall.
Guardians of the Galaxy
To be fair, not bothering with the backstories of the characters and refocusing the lense on their initial group hazing process to break out of Kyln achieves in half an hour what has normally taken three movies to do otherwise.
The Guardians had not had traditional “good guy vs bad guy” story arc to pull from just yet. What is surprising is that this film has mostly dodged the angry nerd purist bullet that has grazed a few of the films on this list, likely because it avoided mucking up an origin story for every character but bypassing it entirely.
It feels like the satirical nature of the comic book is somewhat lost in the film. The entire premise is simple: being a superhero in real life is idiotic and will get you killed. Instead, the film rewards our hero with the girl, instead of a swift kick in the groin. The absurdity is practically oozing from every page, and Dave almost never comes out as a winner in every situation. The spirit of the book is completely lost to melodramatic and implausible outcomes.
Do you agree? Disagree? Did we miss any egregious examples? Let us know in the comments below.