In case you hadn't notice, I like comic books. And comic book movies. And cartoons that were meant for children. Spongebob? Amazing.
I'm unabashed making this confession; the fondness is rooted deep in the bowels of my soul. Heh... Bowels.
Still, there are plenty of haters out there no matter the number of lightsaber-wielding Jedi show up to reenact their favorite scene from Attack of the Clones. My favorite part is when Natalie Portman shuts down Hayden Christensen.
I think it might be the capes that drives people away. In reality, capes are kind of silly-- and not warn by intimidating people. You don't scare people by walking down the street in a cape, and The Incredibles even showed them to be a costume design flaw.
What a lot of the haters don't realize is that there are several comic book or comic-book-inspired shows, characters, and films in hiding. Plenty of stories are based on graphic novels and comic book source material-- and are not blatantly obvious. The Third Strike is here to preach to the choir... errr... educate us all... on those films that have their secret origin with panels and thought bubbles.
1. Road to Perdition
This comic book film taught me that "perdition" means "hell and damnation", and that Tom Hanks can be a hitman. Tom Hanks as a bad guy? I think perdition froze over.
2. A History of Violence
Viggo Mortensen can kick ass in comic book films, not just Middle Earth. In either case, he has a mysterious past.
3. 30 Days of Night
A vampire movie you shouldn't hate. Here is a flow chart on why it's ok:
Oh, yeah, and it's also a comic book vampire movie. See also: Blade.
4. Alien vs. Predator
That's right! Before they battled on screen, these two movie titans duked it out in their own comic books. They both have also seperately fought Batman. No, really!
This film was a very loose translation of an ultra-violent comic. Then it was decided to be translated into a film. And Angelina Jolie was cast as the same "stoic femme fatale" character she always plays. But... with tattoos. I liked her more as Tigress in Kung Fu Panda, but... that's just me.
More to come!