Yes, we totally love comicbook movies, and just over a decade into the new Millennium we have nearly 100 movies that have been based upon comics appear on the Silver screen. In 2003 there just four comicbook movies that were released; two based on Marvel comics, one on a Malibu Comic (an independent company that was eventually acquired by Marvel) and the fourth that was published by Paradox Press (an imprint from DC Comics). Given that our love of popular culture began with comics and grew into movies, we have determined to briefly chat about all of the comicbook-related films that have been made since the year 2000. (The first part of this series appeared here, while the second part appeared here).
The criteria that we are using throughout this series of essays is specifically films that either started off in comics, are clearly influenced by comicbooks and/or comicbook superheroes, or have an appreciable amount of their history connected to comicbooks. Films we won’t be discussing any films that appeared on TV (either live action or animated), theatrically-released films that were strictly animated, films that may have had been adapted in comics, but were best known from another medium (i.e.; Star Trek, Star Wars), or films that were released to DVD.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.