Why So Many Early Comic Book Movies Failed

We live in an age where if you slide your finger down a list of upcoming films and stop at a random point, there’s a good chance it’ll land on a comic book movie adaptation. It wasn’t long ago that these movies were a rarity, but nowadays, they’re all too commonplace, with most studios putting out more than one comic book film a year on the regular.

But there is partially one big reason for that: comic book movies haven’t always been good. Looking back in the mid-2000s, they were, more often than not, pretty bad filmmaking experiences. But why? What is the magical formula that helps make strong comic book films?

Speaking with Vanity Fair about his long history with the comic book movie genre, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige expressed his frustration that, early on, one of his pieces of advice was always ignored by studio heads. That advice?

“The answers are always in the books.”

That’s right. As we know, in an attempt to make comic book movie mainstream, studios would often just use the source material as a jumping off point, rather than a place of heavy influence. This would often backfire on them, resulting in poor reviews, and consequentially, poor box office reception.

What do you think of Feige’s advice? Is this the way to go, and do you think this still holds true in a world where we get this many comic book movies? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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