J. Hunter GeorgeWRI 234 82CDr. HensonSeptember 29, 2015Comic Books vs. Movie AdaptationsIf I were to ask any small child what they wanted to be when they grow up, I might get anarray of different answers. Some may say a firefighter, others a police officer, and there are always some who say pro football player. However, When I was a small child I would have screamed back at them with intense passion my favorite superhero in the entire world, Spider-Man! I remember running around the house in my little red mask pretending to spin webs and beat up the bad guys. To me, Spider-Man was the best thing anyone could ever possibly become. All I ever wanted to do was be the man who would save the world. The original Spider-Man movies always inspired me to want to do great things when I became a superhero! Tobey Maquire? Who’s Tobey Maguire? All I saw was Spider-Man. Better yet, I saw me! It was safe to say I was hooked on the whole ‘superhero’ craze from a very early age. Although I am several years older than I was during my Spider-Man obsession, I still appreciate the realm of superheroes even if my passion is not specifically aimed at Spider-Man anymore. This is the great thing about superheroes, they’re not targeted only at little kids anymore! Several comic book characters have captured my attention over the years, including Batman, Deadpool, Wolverine, Rorschach, and etc. These characters provide a deeper sense of right and wrong that most little kids cannot thoroughly comprehend right away.Superheroes have had an intense impact on our modern society. Not only do little kids share in the joy that Spider-Man may bring them, but people of all ages are joining in the fun! George1
There’s just something about these characters that are so appealing to a vast majority. Our modern society simply cannot get enough of these crime fighting heroes. But why have we become obsessed all of a sudden? Why wasn’t it like this back in the twentieth century? Of course there were comic books and kids loved to read about their favorite adventures, but it was not nearly on the same magnitude as it is today. So where is all this sudden popularity coming from? The answer is rather simple, and it is that people have decided to generate more and more comic book based movies. The movie industry understands that not everyone would be willing to go out of there way to find an Iron Man comic book, after all someone could see them reading it and label them a nerd. But seeing Iron Man beating up the bad guys on the big screen alongside the Avengers? Now that’s anything but nerdy! In fact, now it’s considered cool! The simple change of media that the characters go through makes all the difference in the world to some people. From comic book to movie, a lot can change. But are these changes substantial? Are these characters even really the same after the adaptation? According to USA Today, there were over forty-two comic book movies in production as of 2008 (Bowles, 1). Analysts also predict 2015 to push past $11 billion at the box offices due to the numerous comic book movies coming to theaters (Truitt, 1).