The world of cinema continually seeks inspiration and material to make its films and if long is the tradition of tapes based on novels, the adaptations of comics are beginning to emerge in numbers. This year alone there are half a dozen “high profile” movies between ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘, ‘Deadpool 2‘ and even ‘Superlopez’. But there is also room for the outside of superheroes (like ‘I kill giants’…).
If we look back, surely we will find some other film based on comics that is a masterpiece or, at least, a movie and today in Gobhy we have put together the 37 best adaptations.
- Director: Alex Proyas
- Performers: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis
We start with a couple of titles that people do not usually relate to the original material. One is O’Barr’s ‘The Raven’ who received an adaptation in the mid-nineties that became an instant cult movie with a story of revenge after murder.
2‘Men in Back (Men in black)’
- Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
- Performers: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith
The saga of the Men in Black also had its origin in a comic of short duration but that was immortalized in 1997. A good movie that mixed action, humor and immigrant aliens.
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Performers: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
The best adaptation that Zack Snyder has ever made of a comic is, of far, that of the monumental ‘300’. In fact, the worst thing that leads is that fits in that mini fashion that had to move almost vignette to vignette Frank Miller comic. This makes at times ‘300’ look like a long video clip. Brutal, but video clip .
- Director: Robert Rodríguez and Frank Miller
- Performers: Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, etc.
Also by Frank Miller and also an adaptation that seeks the vignette to vignette, was the recreation of this city of sin. A noir of those who make a hobby that reviews the low funds of the city.
5‘V for Vendetta’
- Director: James McTeigue
- Performers: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman
Although Alan Moore has not had much luck with his adaptations, it turns out that with ‘V de Vendetta’ the Wachowski did a good job in the script even being aware that Moore’s own density makes any adaptation an impossibility. A great dystopia in which a hero seeks, almost alone, to provoke the spark of revolution.
- Director: Ignacio Ferreras
- Performers (voices): Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera
The story of a retiree who is slowly stealing Alzheimer’s life in a very sensitive way. Both when I read the comic of Paco Roca and when I saw his animated adaptation, I could not help but be moved as I have rarely done while enjoying a work of fiction.
7‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Performers: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Maybe it’s the best action and adventure movie Spielberg has done in the last three decades. Of course, the hand of Peter Jackson can be seen adapting the sensational experiences of the Belgian reporter created by Hergé.
8‘The twelve Asterix tests’
- Director : Renée Goscinny
- Performers : Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Pierre Tornade
A dozen long films of Asterix and Obelix have been made with more or less success but the animated ‘The twelve Asterix tests’ is simply insurmountable. Goscinny and Uderzo translate directly into the celluloid everything that makes the French duo a must of the French comic.
9Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible
- Director : Javier Fesser
- Intérpretes: Karra Elejalde, Janfri Topera
Although it must be recognized that none of the three cinematographic adaptations of Mortadelo and Filemón are palatable to the naked eye, ‘Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el cachondo’ is an essential film for the lover of the most famous (and infamous) duet.
- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Intérpretes: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz
See that I am quite a detractor of Mark Millar for his delusions of greatness and how he understands what is the superhero comic for adults, but it has something very interesting and a great sense of smell to know what works on the screen and ‘Kick-Ass’ does it: one of super thugs to disconnect and enjoy.
11‘Kingsman: Secret Service’
- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Intérpretes: Colin Firth, Jonno Davies
Speaking of Millar, Vaughn is undoubtedly one of the directors who best understand him and converts a comic more than the author (not too special) into one of the most fun and amazing action franchises of the last decade.
12‘Scott Pilgrim against the world’
- Director: Edgar Wright
- Intérpretes: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
The comic O’Malley is a delight and much had to twist things so that Edgar Wright did not do something to match. The story of Scott and his fight against the evil exes of his girlfriend perfectly mixes mechanisms of comics and videogames achieving a great visual aspect. Unfortunately he did not do well at the box office.
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Intérpretes: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair
Del Toro embraces the character of Mike Mignola in an adaptation that, although it drinks from the first adventures of the demonic being, seeks its own way. But this does not mean that we are not facing a remarkable adventure.
- Director: James Mangold
- Intérpretes: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen…
For me ‘Logan’ is, by far, the best thing that has been done in years with a superhero. And that is saying a lot because he is out there ‘The Dark Knight’ and the like. James Mangold proposes an amazing action film in a future in which “the bad guys” have won and there is no place for heroes.
15‘The dark knight’
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Performers: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger…
If we ignore the fact that Nolan seems to ignore that Bruce Wayne is one of the smartest and smartest men in the world, his trilogy starring Bale is not bad… and ‘The Dark Knight’ is the wet dream of every fan of the world. character with an excellent Joker and a great script.
- Director: Tim Burton
- Performers: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
I’ve been tempted to put the Adam West’s Batman movie (a bit for laughs, but the truth is that it would deserve it) I think it’s time to claim that greatness that Tim Burton achieved with the character of DC. The director sensationalizes that apparent contradiction between the coloring of the superhero world and the darkness of the Gothamite villains.
- Director: Richard Donner
- Performers: Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brandon, Margot Kidder
Forty years later, the movie that best represents Superman is the one that started the Richard Donner saga. Christopher Reeve is the last son of Krypton in its most iconic, pure (and even messianic) sense in a perfect adaptation of the adventures of the first great superhero.
- Director: Patti Jenkins
- Intérpretes: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
So far, the best film of the so-called Extended Universe of DC is starring Wonder Woman and its origin. A more than remarkable superheroic adventure that iconizes a figure many times ignored.
19‘League of justice: The new frontier’
- Director: Dave Bullock
- Intérpretes: David Boreanaz, Miguel Ferrer
The fact that DC has had Warner Bros behind implies having a sensational animation department available. ‘New frontier’, based on the comic by Darwyn Cooke, is a fascinating look at the birth of the superheroic era in the “silver age” (the 60s), with the origins of the Justice League in the middle of the cold war.
- Director: Taika Waititi
- Intérpretes: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
The genre of superheroes is very versatile and so valid are the most serious (and “adult”) approaches to their subjects that the pijameo and pure action and be aware of it. ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ goes for all in this second slope and is not ashamed of it with the gods and their blessed bastards. The result is one of the best tapes of the Marvel cinematic universe.
21‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’
- Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
- Performers: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johanson
On the other hand, the most serious UMC movies can be the stars of Captain America. ‘Soldier of winter’ is a sample of how the genre of superheroes can perfectly be the one of superspies through a film full of action and with quite exciting turns.
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Performers: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman…
I was tempted to put ‘Blade’ around here but, let’s face it, the good Marvel movies start with Singer’s X-Men. Based, poorly, on ‘God loves, the man kills’ of Claremont, it is the film that cinematographically consecrated the mutants.
23‘X Men First generation’
- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Intérpretes: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne
The case of First Generation (‘First Class’) is a great example of how to do something novel and fantastic within a franchise that had already hit a downer and, in addition, was eclipsed by the incipient success of the UCM.
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Intérpretes: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
El caso de Spiderman en el cine da un poco de rabia, en lo que llevamos de siglo llevamos seis películas en tres franquicias distintas. Y, aunque ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ es bastante decente, ninguna peli ha llegado a los pies del Spiderman de Raimi. La segunda entrega con Octopus es, todavía, la cinta a batir.
- Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
- Performers: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki
It is a rarity, even in the anime world, that the author himself is responsible for adaptation. But Otomo is an extraordinary one and made ‘Akira’ shine even more in the animated format, becoming one of the most influential films in the history of science fiction.
26‘Ghost in the Shell’
- Director: Mamoru Oshii
- Performers: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka
If the influence of ‘Akira’ in post-apocalyptic science fiction is incontestable, we could consider ‘Ghost in the Shell’ the work that most embraces and vindicates cyberpunk through the story of Mokoto, a cyborg who tirelessly pursues the origin of the Puppet Master virus.
- Director: Bong Joon-ho
- Performers: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt
The perpetual motion train with a caste system on board sneaks into this list thanks to its frenetic action and its unceremonious portrayal of the worst of society. A movie without any complexes.
- Director: Park Chan-wook
- Performers: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
A great story of revenge in which the protagonist is seen in a conspiracy network. Quite refreshing, especially if we are used to how these kinds of thrillers are made in the West and with a great sense in relation to putting the action at the service of the film.
- Director: Gerald Potterson
- Performers: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy…
We enter a small section of what the independent comic strip has thrown into the underground. We started with a great anthology of fantasy and science fiction stories with cutting-edge animation (for the time, 1981) and a great soundtrack.
- Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
- Performers: Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis
Excellent review of the life of Harvey Pekar and his ‘American Splendor’ that mixes scenes of his autobiographical comic with some brushshots of his real life. One of the best films emerged from the independent world.
31‘The hot cat’ (‘Fritz the Cat’)
- Director: Ralph Bakshi
- Performers: Skip Hinnant and Rosetta LeNoire
If we do not run away from the title in Spanish we will find the fun animated experiences of the character created by Robert Crumb, a scammer cat. Although the author of the comic was not amused by Bakshi’s vision of his character, the film was a success.
32‘When the wind blows’
- Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
- Performers: John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft
Another animated jewel on a retired couple from the English countryside who decides (at least) to prepare a shelter before the imminence of a nuclear war. A story that awakens a certain tenderness but, above all, moves.
- Director: Pete Travis
- Performers: Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby
The previous attempt to bring what is probably the most iconic character in the ‘2000 AD’ anthology was nothing short of disastrous. But Pete Travis offered us a feast of violence and action that happens to be the movie that does justice to the judge.
- Director: Marjane Sartrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
- Performers: Chiara Mastroiani and Catherine Deneuve
An impressive vision of Sartrapi’s childhood and adolescence in Iran and how the Islamic revolution that overthrew the Shah of Persia and placed the ayatollahs lived. As you can imagine, the film did not sit very well with the Iranian government, but it did not prevent its exhibition in the country.
35‘The life of Adele’
- Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
- Performers: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux
I can not think of a better description of ‘La vida de Adèle’ than to say that it is French: short shots, long scenes, a search that is sometimes stark and at times exquisite of the intimacy of our young protagonist. One of those jewels that the French leave us.
36‘Road to Perdition’
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Performers: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman
While the comic seemed a little tostonazo, the take of Sam Mendes is a beautiful ode to revenge and the relationship between a father and a son who have lost everything because of the mafia. A dark and brutal tape.
37‘A history of violence’
- Director: David Cronenberg
- Performers: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt
Despite separating more or less half of the graphic novel by John Wagner, in little more than an hour and a half, Cronenberg makes a great thesis about violence incredibly direct for what is usually him.
As always, the lists never rain to everyone’s taste and surely I will have had some unforgivable forgetfulness or some incompensible inclusion. So it’s up to you, do you agree with the list? What movies are you missing?