Captain America: Other Retro Comic Book Movies

by Ethan Alter July 21, 2011 2:08 pm
<i>Captain America</i>: Other Retro Comic Book Movies

Most comic-book movies set their virtuous heroes and dastardly villains loose in the present day. But there are also quite a few that rewind the clock and transport audiences back to another time and place. Case in point: the latest Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, which takes place almost entirely during the early years of World War II and pits Cap against a squad of Nazi-affiliated soldiers led by a Hitler-esque bad guy, Johann Schmidt a.k.a. The Red Skull. Here are some of the other comics-inspired features that double as period pieces. (One note: We're looking at outings involving colorfully clad heroes only, so more serious comic-to-film translations like From Hell and Road to Perdition have been left on the cutting room floor.)

Jane's Book of Bombs

by Zach Oat June 19, 2008 12:20 pm
Jane's Book of Bombs

Thomas Jane totally looks like a comic-book character -- square jaw, cleft chin, good-looking -- but should he ever be allowed to play one ever again? I've been told repeatedly that The Punisher was god-awful (I figured it out from the trailers, thanks), and if Jane couldn't see the badness in the script, then his comic book license should be revoked. (To be fair, it looked pretty faithful to the comic book, but there are some Garth Ennis stories that should never be put to film. Most, actually.) Well, now Jane wants to be in another comic book movie, and if I cared more about the character, or had read more than one or two issues of his book, I'd be concerned.

The Scarlet Letterbox

by Zach Oat July 28, 2008 10:15 am
The Scarlet Letterbox

When I saw the news that the graphic novel Red was being adapted into a movie, I was thrilled -- after all, it was one of the most straightforward, action-packed comic books I had ever read, and it seemed tailor-made to be a movie. Sure, the filmmakers seem to be taking some liberties with the storyline, but some of the changes sound interesting. And then I saw that a movie called Red was coming out next week. What the...?

We Watches the Watchmen Trailer

by Zach Oat July 17, 2008 4:40 pm
We Watches the <i>Watchmen</i> Trailer

It's finally here! The moment we've all been waiting for! Well, by we, of course, I mean hard-core comic geeks, die-hard Zack Snyder fans and die-core timepiece enthusiasts. The trailer for Watchmen, described by Warner Bros. as "the most celebrated graphic novel of all time," premiered in front of The Dark Knight this weekend, and it's already up on Apple Trailers. And it is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

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