Re: How close should a comic book movie be to its source material?
Originally Posted by The Overlord
How close should a comic book movie be to its source material? Where does one draw line between being faithful to the source material and making changes to make things work better on the big screen?
An adaptation should always make as few changes as possible. When a CBM is being made, it's because of a printed work that already has proven characters and storylines that have worked. Otherwise, the film wouldn't be in production. It's certainly true that some things don't translate well to the silver screen (this is especially true of costumes), but the biggest CBM flops are ones that decided to ignore their source mythos, ie Catwoman.
Case Study of the IMPROMPER Way to Adapt a Challenging Character: Venom, Spider-man 3.
Case Study of the PROPER Way to Adapt a Challenging Character: Gorilla Grodd, "Grodd Lives", The Flash TV Series.