EDITORIAL: What Comic Books & Comic Book Movies Can Become
Comic books and their movie adaptations have been good and bad over the years, going through riddicule and praise from fans and critics, alike and unlike. But, with recent comic book films improving for the most part, that doesn't mean the same happened with the comic books. So, I will discuss what comic books and their film adaptations can become, for the better, and how they can get there.
Comic books...comic books...they've been around longer than any of us can remember, and even before some of us were born. With that being said, they have gone through many revamps, reboots, and stages, becoming accessible to every generation and every age. They have been adapted into movies, television shows, animated features, and video games, showing these great characters do things we could have never imagined--as well as not showing--things we haven't seen yet.
Now, with all that, I will explain how these comic books and comic book movies can become better, but also get there by talking about my experiences and love for comic books, and how they have come to where they are today.
First off, I have been reading comics since I was five years old, waiting for the Hulk's release in a few weeks, and picking up the debut issue of Hulk in The Incredible Hulk #1, and officially becoming a Marvel Comics fan.
I then discovered characters, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, and Captain America, getting into comic books more and more. So, I started reading issues of Wizard, and Ultimate Spider-Man, and learned more about these characters than anyone my age.
But, I learned about more than new characters and comic series, and over time, learned about morality. I learned about how people should and shouldn't be through these classic stories, and carried on with those lessons I learned with my everyday life. I understood.
Comic books originally told moral lessons, with great action, great stories, and great characters, but now, not so much. We went from the debut of Superman, Batman, and Captain America, to the death of Jean Grey, the Comedian, and Barry Allen. But now, comics are mostly mindless, unentertaining stories, with, I may say, stupid events to drive sales, with no integrity, or morality. That must change, and will change.
Comic books have never really been up in consideration with other mediums, and in recent times, rather obscure. They are labelled as stupid, goofy, childish, and for nerds, but its about time that all that is done.
All of the resources are out there: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media networks that can get good word-of-mouth going around. There shouldn't be only secret websites unknown to most people, talking about anything superhero or comic book related, but big websites that talk about things superhero and comic book related. It is possible, we just aren't trying.
With my envisioning; writers, artists, and editors can create a stable, lasting strategy of making good stories, events that are treated as such, and good advertising through all mediums. Comic books need to market themselves as equal to movies, television, and music, spreading their popularity around social media, and gaining more significance than ever before, which would be difficult, but attainable.
The superhero genre, along with comic books, should be revived. They have been around long enough, and deserve to be prominent in social media culture. And hey, if you can't become a proffessional comic book creator, or a professional at anything superhero related, then make your own comic or graphic novel. But, we just have to belive, and try, and we can make those good things possible.
Comic book movies have all been primarily based on issues, or graphic novels, or stories that appear in issues. Some have even combined different stories from totally different times periods into one story. It has worked sometimes, and hasn't, but I have another article discussing that (see, I just marketed).
But, after all these years, after all this time, there needs to be better ways of adapting comic books to the big screen, such as--adapting events.
Adapting comic book events, such as Crisis On Infinite Earths, Annihilation, and Infinity Gauntlet would be a game-changer for film. It would be an unexpected, creative innovation never done before, and could impress comic book fans and non-comic book fans. It would not only be fresh and new, but have great potential to be something truly amazing.
That was my piece. I hope all of you are inspired to do great things, as well as those of you who have hopes and dreams and aspire to be comic book creators. Goodnight, and may God bless you all.
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