What do "Batman," "Superman," "Akira," "Hellboy," "The Hulk," "Iron Man," "The Punisher," "Spider-Man," "The Spirit," "Dragonball," "Wanted," "Transformers," "X-Men" and "Watchmen" all have in common? Easy!
It's no secret that the comic-to-movie translation can be hit or miss. On one hand, you have someone like the Punisher — one of the most intense, complex and dark characters ever created in the comic book universe — so you would have thought his story and swagger alone would be enough to make a great action movie with maybe even a good sequel. Apparently not! The movie studios messed up that franchise not once ... not twice ... but three times (once with Dolph Lundgren, then Thomas Jane and most recently with some guy called Ray Stevenson).
But then, on the other hand, we all know the $1 billion story of "The Dark Knight," not to mention "Iron Man," which totally revived Robert Downey Jr.'s career.
So, with the kind of numbers "The Dark Knight" did, there's little surprise that other Hollywood acting heavyweights want a piece, which is great news. Comic book movies are hot properties once again, and that means more Christian Bale as Batman and more Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and now, Samuel L. Jackson in nine upcoming comic books films — amazing news!
Basically, there's no real reason for this blog entry. It's just a celebration of the fact that one of my favourite actors and a big comic book fan himself has committed to the role of Nick Fury for a long time. Which means — fingers crossed — we'll be treated to new movies like "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and one of the comic world's best assets put to work: the crossover
We've already had a taste. From Sam Jackson as Nick Fury at the end of "Iron Man" and Robert Downey's Tony Stark in "The Hulk." One of my favourite things in comics is when superheroes cross over into other superheroes' lives.
From Batman alongside Superman to Spider-Man and the Hulk, comic book history has given so many potential crossovers. So here's a toast to the future of comic book movies! Directors and producers take note: We love how Zack Snyder approached "Watchmen" with his dedication to staying true to the book and the courage to say "no" to the studio when they rewrote the ending and decided it would be better to kill Adrian Veidt. Thank you, Mr. Snyder. And a toast to Christopher Nolan for capturing the essence of Batman and Gotham City. Here's to more and more exceptional comic book movies!