The following are a few simple guidelines for making a good comic book movie. Feel free to comment however you like. 1. Stay true to the source material. But don't feel handcuffed by it. Deviate only in the interests of telling a good story. But leave room for surprises as well. No matter how much we may like to think otherwise, comic fans DO NOT want to walk into the theatre knowing exactly how the movie's going to turn out. 2. Cast according to suitability for the role. A lot of filmmakers think the key to filling seats is to fill the cast with big names & eye candy. But if you try to cater strictly to the TRL-friendly crowd, that's all you're gonna draw. I like Will Smith but I wouldn't want him to play Luke Cage. Nobody'd ever heard of Hugh Jackman before he played Wolverine but by & large he turned out just fine. 3. Big budgets do not always equal big box office. This is self-explanatory. Excessively elaborate sets & overuse of CGI can kill any film. 4. Put the characters first. Why were "Spider-Man" & "X-Men" so successful? Why are people so pumped up about "Batman Begins"? Simple. It's about the person behind the tights. The how & why of it all. 5. Women are more than eye candy. Give us female characters with substance; something to do more than just titillate. Or in other words, look at last year's "Catwoman" & do the opposite. 6.Comic books ARE NOT just for kids! Make movies geared toward adults, but accessible to kids. In other words, make a movie, not a two-hour commercial for Happy Meals, action figures, Lego sets & Halloween costumes.