Action, horror, and thriller movies take inspiration from many sources. Some were authentic, and their stories were intended solely for the cinema. But some others take comic books as their inspiration.
And you must not mistake comic books as children consumption only. There are a lot of R-rated comics, of which the stories are written for adults. And especially for graphic novels, the language used in there and the complexity of the story are both astonishing.
Here, we are discussing three movies that take a comic or graphic novel as their inspiration.
V for Vendetta (2005)
V for Vendetta was a 21st-century movie that can be said successful enough to achieve its political purpose. It has managed to popularize Guy Fawkes’ mask as the symbol of anti-authoritarian movements.
Although Guy Fawkes’ mask itself is not an original invention but is inspired by a historical figure goes by the same name, both the comic and movie has managed to give the mask a whole new definition.
Starred by famous stars, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and Stephen Fry, the movie imagines an alternative history where Britain falls under a fascist regime. And a mysterious name, V, played by Hugo, has been terrorizing the regime and sworn to bomb its governing center, the parliament.
Alan Moore wrote the comic. The gloomy element and the dark personalities of the protagonists make the audience experience difficulties in determining whether the fictional characters play the anti-heroes or not. The development of the story tries to defy the structure of popular narratives.
It is the best movie if you are into a movie with deep thoughts of politics and civilization.
The Surrogates (2009)
Played by Bruce Willis, The Surrogates tells a story of a tech-utopia where humanity has found the ultimate solution for their biological flaws. They have invented robot avatars, called as Surrogates, which can be designed according to the owner’s desire.
Through the avatars, the users can experience orgasms and other pleasures, except pain. But not all humans accept the technology.
Bruce Willis plays as Tom Greer, whose job is to investigate a murder by a surrogate. He tracked down the robot, but the truth is not like what he has thought it is. There is a genius twist from the movie, which makes it deserve to be on your weekend movie list.
The comic was entitled the same, and written by Robert Venditti. The story in the comic is surely more elaborated than the movie. Goodreads has rated it 3.7 out of 5, based on 1100 votes.
From Hell (2001)
Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp) is an alcoholic and opium addict, but also an inspector, whose deductive reasoning is exceptional. One day, he investigated a brutal murder happening to the prostitutes in London.
Surprisingly, the murders are all tied up to the high & secretive brotherhoods at that time, the Freemasons. It is an intermingled intrigue and deception between the brotherhoods and the royal family of England.
The author of the comic is Alan Moore, and Eddie Campbell is the illustrator. The difference between the comic and movie is that the movie has been made into a typical whodunit detective movie, while the comic focuses more on the political and existential issues among the protagonists. The freemasons question their purpose, and so do the prostitutes, and the police.
To read the comic after watching the movie is more interesting than the reverse.