Top 10 Anti-heroes Fighting The Superhero Film Monopoly

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4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

David Cronenberg directed this Oscar-nominated adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, with a critically acclaimed Viggo Mortensen in the lead role as an introverted man launched into the spotlight after killing two men in an act of defense. The fact that the film doesn’t especially feel as though it’s based on a comic is part of the strength of the source material, whose author, funnily enough, is also responsible for more traditional comic fodder like Judge Dredd (there’s already been one abomination of a film adaptation for that one starring Sylvester Stallone, and another is on its way later this year).

Don’t miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.

Author: Dan Heching

topIt’s July, which means we are all hot, tired and pretty much superheroed out. We’ve weathered the explosive onslaught of THE AVENGERS and now (another) AMAZING SPIDERMAN, and still have a certain DARK KNIGHT to go. All this hoopla gets us thinking: are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.


Don't miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.10. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD9.  30 DAYS OF NIGHT8.  GHOST IN THE SHELL7. V FOR VENDETTA6.  ROAD TO PERDITION5. THE CROW
4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE3. AMERICAN SPLENDOR2. PERSEPOLIS1.  GHOST WORLD