Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Wolverine - A Point to Prove

The internet is filled with movie reviews, so I won't be doing an in depth review of The Wolverine. I will say that I enjoyed it very much. It was fun, it had tons of heart, and the action was crazy and awesome. I have not enjoyed every installment of the X-Men movie franchise (surprise, surprise), but I think The Wolverine was truly something different and extremely enjoyable.

Having said that, I want to make a point about a reaction I see to pretty much every comic book movie that gets released. Have you ever heard someone go "It wasn't like the comic!" I hate that. What does that even mean?

Comics are not written like books. A lot of these characters have been around for decades and have been written and illustrated by numerous comic book creators. You can't take every single Batman comic ever created, for example, and start reading his story, in order, from his first appearance to now. What about all of the spin-off titles such as Batman and Robin, Batman Incorporated, or Detective Comics? What about when they pause the current story to tell his origin story? What if different writers tell his origin story with their own perspectives? There are so many stories that come at us from all different angles.

I believe a great comic book movie should have elements from the stories to give us something entertaining to watch in a 1.5-2.5 hour period. If someone wants to turn the story Batman: A Death in the Family into a full movie, great! If someone wants to take elements from Dan Slott's final Amazing Spider-Man run and combine it with Stan lee's original Amazing Spider-Man run, cool! I'd like to see how that would turn out too!

But back to Wolverine. The Wolverine is based on the comic book series Wolverine by Chris Claremont. BASED ON. It is not a direct adaptation. Although I love the Wolverine comic book series, I really don't think anyone would have wanted the movie to be exactly like the comic.

Is this what you want!?

From Claremont's Wolverine
How about a little bit of this!?

From Claremont's Wolverine
If The Wolverine had the same ending as Wolverine the comic book series, with Logan (in a kimono) and Mariko welcoming the X-Men (with suitcases) to attend their wedding, you would have been pissed and you know it.

Let's ease up on comic book movies. It's OK if they use various elements from comic books rather than copying a story verbatim to create a movie. Plus, that's a more efficient way to cover a whole bunch of story as opposed to having to make a movie for each story arc. Just be open-minded and understand that criticizing a comic book movie on how closely it resembles a comic book may not be the best way to judge it. It kind of makes you sound like an asshole.

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