At the start of the 21st century, cinema and comics are more closely linked than ever; the Marvel Cinematic Universe reigns supreme, and the dominance of superhero movies has had reflective effects on the comics.

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That said, that mix of materials didn’t necessarily turn into a mix of talent – it’s rare enough for comic book writers to get into screenwriting, and rarer still for them to make adaptations of. their own work. However, “rare” does not mean “never”.

ten Steve Niles completed the “30 Days of Night” circle

30 days of night

30 days of night is located at the northern end of Alaska in the town of Barrow. In the middle of Barrow’s winter, the sun doesn’t rise for a month, leaving residents unlucky when a pack of vampires attack. After having little success in pitching the story to comic book publishers, author Steve Niles tried shopping. 30 days of night in movie studios but hit the same wall.

Eventually, Niles made a deal with IDW, and the story was eventually published as a comic book in 2002 (Ben Templesmith provided the art). With the comic now serving as a proof of concept, Niles resumed his attempts to launch a 30 days of night movie. Produced by Sam Raimi, directed by David Slade, and co-written by Stuart Beattie, Brian Nelson and Niles himself, 30 days of night created in 2007.

9 Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his manga, “Akira”

Manga is a more creator-friendly field than the American comic book industry. Indeed, Akira, one of the most famous animated films in Japan and abroad, was directed by the creator of its source material, Katsuhiro Otomo. Otomo wrote and drew the Akira 1982-1990 manga – told in six volumes, the series created one of the most well-known cyberpunk sets on this side of Blade runner.

The film, released in 1988, streamlines the story while retaining the main rhythms and characters. Having only grown in estimate since its initial release, a live-action American remake of Akira has been languishing in development hell since 2002.

8 Judd Winick wrote an animated adaptation of his comic book, “Batman: Under The Red Hood”

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“Under the hood” includes Batman # 635-641, 645-650, Annual # 25, all written by Judd Winick with illustrations by Doug Mahnke, Eric Battle and Shane Davis. The story features the return of Jason Todd, the 2nd Robin, as Red Riding Hood. The late Boy Wonder is looking to avenge his own murder at the hands of the Joker and outdo his mentor as Gotham’s guardian.

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In 2010, Winick scripted the animation Batman: Under Red Riding Hood. Winick appreciated the effort to “remove all the fat and get to the heart of [the story].” Indeed, Under red riding hood is superior to the comic thanks to this rationalization – no superfluous links with Infinite crisis, a simpler explanation of Jason’s rebirth, but with the core of a guilty father trying to save his preserved son. On a related note, the climactic standoff between Batman, Jason, and the Joker affects more emotionally when performed rather than read.

7 Dan Clowes co-wrote the film adaptation of “Ghost World”

Dan Clowes issues # 11-18 Eight-ball Featured Ghost world. High school graduates Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer wander aimlessly through an urban American jungle, sardonically launching critiques of a world in which they don’t know their place.

The comic ran from 1993 to 1997; Shortly thereafter, in 2001, Terry Zwigoff directed a film adaptation of the comic book. With Thora Birch as Enid and Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca, Ghost world barely budgeted but was critically acclaimed. Indeed, the screenplay, co-written by Zwigoff and Clowes, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

6 Geoff Johns contributed two stories to the anthology “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights”

Emerald Knights of the Green Lantern

Green Lantern is without a doubt the character that Geoff Johns has shaped the most. Over a period of nine years, Johns revived Hal Jordan and introduced the color spectrum that is now the basis of the Green Lantern lore.

2011 Emerald knights, co-edited by Lauren Montgomery, Jay Olivia and Christopher Berkley, is an anthology centered around different members of the Green Lantern Corps. Johns co-wrote two segments of the film, “Abin Sur” and “Emerald Knights”. He also has a producer credit on the live-action The Green Lantern film, although the less we talk about this company, the better.

5 Mike Mignola has story credits on the animated duology “Hellboy”

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Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has been involved to varying degrees in all three live-action films. In the first two, however, it’s clear that director Guillermo Del Toro ultimately had more of a say in the creative vision, while the Neil Marshall-led reboot is too muddled to decipher an individual vision.

However, there is more Hellboy movies than live ones—Storm sword, released in 2006, and Blood and iron, released in 2007. Although they are not in the same continuity as the films of Del Toro, the main actors are reprising their roles: Ron Perlman in Hellboy, Selma Blair in Liz Sherman and Doug Jones in Abe Sapien. Plus, Mignola has story credits on both. Although obscure, this makes the animation Hellboy the most direct adaptation of Mignola’s comics.

4 Marjane Satrapi revisits her childhood twice with “Persepolis”


Franco-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi is behind the most famous graphic autobiography in the works: Persepolis. Published in two volumes (“The story of a childhood” then “The story of a return”), the first book focuses on Satrapi (known in the text by her childhood nickname “Marji”) living in Iran in the 1980s, a time of social repression. Part 2 sees a young adult Marji living in Europe before briefly returning home.

Acclaimed and one of the few graphic novels to break into the literary canon, Persepolis was adapted for cinema in 2007; Satrapi co-directed the film with Vincent Paronnaud and combined the two volumes into a clean whole. With Satrapi as the director, it’s no surprise that the film mimicked the comic book style but brought movement to it.

3 Frank Miller has co-director credit on both “Sin City” films

Sin City Comedy Movies

Even when writing superheroes and samurai, Frank Miller’s work still has dark foundations, from the gritty atmosphere to the harsh storytelling. In 1991 Miller abandoned the claim with City of sin, a collection of mini-series following the inhabitants of the corrupt city of the basin. Written and drawn by Miller, City of sin between homage and pastiche.

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In 2005, a City of sin the film was released. Using digital technology to recreate comic book panels right down to black and white coloring, director Robert Rodriguez described his film as “less an adaptation than a translation.” As a result, there is no script credit and Rodriguez shared director’s credit with Miller. Nine years later a sequel was released, subtitled A Dame To Kill For with two original stories“The Long Bad Night” and “Nancy’s Last Dance”, the latter being a sequel to “That Yellow Bastard”, adapted from the original City of sin.

2 Joe Kelly adapted his Superman story – “What’s so funny about truth, justice, and the American way?”

Superman what is so funny

“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, And The American Way” was published in Action comics # 775, written by Joe Kelly and illustrated by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo. Designed as a response to The Authority, Superman confronts the violent vigilantes The Elite and asks: is there a place for a Boy Scout like him in the world of the anti-hero?

In 2012, the story was adapted into an animation – titled Superman vs. elite, Kelly wrote the script for the film himself. Rather than rationalize like Vinick did with Under red riding hood, Kelly used the longer runtime to flesh things out, especially the Elite themselves.

1 Allan Heinberg wrote a 5-issue series of “Wonder Woman,” then scripted the 2017 film

Wonder Woman Comic Movie

Allan Heinberg works primarily in television, with credits on Sex and the city, Gilmore Girls, and CO. However, the writer is a self-proclaimed comic book fan and has been fortunate enough to write for the two big superhero companies. Heinberg’s greatest contribution to DC is a five-issue series on Wonder woman with married artist couple Terry and Rachel Dodson.

Along with his ties to the comic book industry and Hollywood, Heinberg also has the only screenplay credit in 2017. Wonder woman. There have been many attempts to bring Diana to the big screen over the years, but it was Heinberg’s storyline that triumphed.

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