I was introduced by way of the TV show as a kid. read the comics vorasciously as an adolescent, and as an adult, though flawed, there were things I really liked about the movie.
If you asked me to rank them, well of course I have to say the comic is the best, but it is unfair since the comic has had 45 years of history to build. So yeah, it will always have a greater, more powerfull following.
And after this movie comes out, there will be a whole new choice to throw into the mix.