STORY AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MELANIE POOL
Movies based on books get a lot of hype that is generally negative because of unrealistic expectations. Recently people have started to expect the same from comic book movies. Of course, following the source material doesn’t exactly mean it follows a certain plot. The movie in question could be a character study, in which case following the source material means doing justice to the character it’s about.
“Deadpool”, for example, is a superhero character study, it doesn’t follow a comic, it introduces Deadpool and gives him a revamped origin story. In contrast, the upcoming Marvel movie “Captain America: Civil War” is based off of the “Civil War” comic event (a comic event is a complete set of comics that tell one larger story), which means the makers are presenting an already familiar plot to moviegoers. Comic enthusiasts will be watching for how closely the moviemakers follow the events’ plot. That being said, is there such a thing as too many details? The directors of these adaptations do have a different media to work in than authors, so things that work in a comic book may not always work on screen, especially with tight budgets. “Deadpool”, for example, was limited in locations and side characters because the makers were given a budget of $53 million, much smaller than the budgets of most comic book movies.
But how close should a movie based off some original source hold true to the initial story? “A movie version of a book should stay very close to the key things, like characters and locations but fringe things can be removed or altered as they see fit.” Junior Quenton Butcher said. Of course that will always be a matter of opinion. Some people don’t mind when a movie throws out source material for whatever reason, others get upset about it. That said, the cinematic universes for comics have never been more popular.