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  2. Anonymous said: how do you feel about overly faithful comic book adaptations like sin city and watchmen?

    maxscoville:

    I loved Sin City when it came out. I saw it literally three times opening day. I thought that movie should’ve won Oscars. At the time, I was so excited to see A) a comic book movie that wasn’t watered down, and B) Carla Gugino’s boobs that I basically ignored everything else wrong with it. Pacing and dialogue that worked great on the page was a lot less graceful on the screen. I’m curious about the new one, and certainly a lot less invested in the source material. If nothing else, I will pay twelve dollars to see Eva Green’s boobs. 

    Watchmen is one of the most colossal missing-of-the-points in recent cinema history. Watchmen is not a famous comic because it’s about cool superheroes being tough, it’s because it’s about human beings being human beings who happen to be superheroes. I wasn’t into it, but there’s no doubt that “Visionary Directory” Zak Snyder absolutely nailed the movie version of 300, but 300 is an 80-something page comic about shirtless dudes stabbing and shouting each other, and Watchmen is over 400 pages of carefully-paced, extremely nuanced storytelling. I have no doubt that Synder is a fan of the source material, and I respect his efforts to stay faithful, but I think he stayed faithful to all the wrong parts.

    Ages ago, Terry Gilliam was in talks to do a Watchmen movie, and if that had happened, I think we’d probably look back at it the way we look at Batman Returns, an extremely bizarre and entertaining use of license that was more of a vehicle for a particular director’s style than a proper adaptation. At one point, there was a talk of Watchmen as an HBO series, which I think would’ve been incredible, though at the time that was in talks, it probably would’ve looked like shit on the special effects front. I’m still holding out for Preacher as an HBO series, especially after watching True Detective. Fuck, man.

    Anyway, to me, Watchmen, Visionary Director’s Cut or otherwise, is a completely soulless recreation of the comic. There’s no heart. I think a select group of people put a lot of love and care into making it faithful, but sort of like how imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, being too faithful to the source material can just make you blind to its flaws.

    I’d say The Mask is one of the more underrated comic book movies, especially given the time of its release. The Mask comics were worked on by a ton of different people, and each put a different spin on the tone of story. The movie is a hell of a lot more family friendly than the comic, but I think it managed to adapt the core concept extremely well, and doing an incredibly job on the visual front, too.

    Adaptation, in the literal sense, requires adjusting to new circumstances. Moving a story from comic book page to movie screen is a pretty massive leap. Everyone shits their pants over how cool and tough Christopher Nolan’s gritty Batman trilogy is, but I wonder how many people were able to appreciate the brilliance of how subtly he adapted so much different source material into a coherent trilogy.

    Batman Begins pulled heavily from Year One, one of the more stripped-down and and believable Batman stories, but it still managed to create its own cinematic identity. The Dark Knight simultaneously adapted portions of the extremely concise The Killing Joke and The Long Halloween, which is uh, pretty long. Right there, you’ve got an extremely wide range in tone and aesthetic, and instead of trying to be “faithful,” Nolan used the parts that worked and scrapped the rest.

    Finally, for all its flaws, The Dark Knight Rises pulled off the biggest stunt of all: pulling the core premise of Frank Miller’s batshit (excuse me) insane The Dark Knight Returns from a its Reagan-era roots and retrofitting it for a very timely setting in post-9/11 America amidst the ‘Occupy’ movement. I’m sure plenty of purists had a hissyfit about his portrayal (and voice) but I thought it was absolutely brilliant how Nolan’s Bane was basically the leader of The Mutant Gang.

    I like comic books and I like movies so it’s fun for me when they can be friends.

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