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We need these comics made into films like, now!


We need these comics made into films like, now!

We at the balcony love comic book movies, even the bad ones (it’s an easy source for our brand of bashing), and our good pals in Hollywood are more than happy to oblige. While the Holy Trinity of the comic universe, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, are still in the pre-production stages for their new screen incarnations, we have several other heroes coming to a theater near you: Iron Man, Conan, Green Hornet, Thor and Green Lantern just to name a few. All these characters have or will spun franchises, obviously film producers’ favorite thing besides decaf, skim milk mocha chinos.

With the so-so box office results from the very good adaptation of “Watchmen” last year, the idea of adapting a one shot costume vigilantes’ stories might have encountered kryptonite. Additionally, with the exception of “The Dark Knight”, diving into darker and weirder themes is also met with restraint from both financers and audiences. Nonetheless, Bitter Balcony will make a claim for a few titles that deserve to be made into a movie. Maybe our plea will be met by deaf ears, but if you haven’t read any of these stories, please do so, you won’t be disappointed.

“Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” (1989):

Bruce Wayne is taken back to 1889 in this latter Victorian era tale by writer Brian Augustyn, with artists P. Craig Russell and Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola.“Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” has Batman facing the world’s most elusive serial killer, Jack the Ripper. I read this one back when Tim Burton’s movie had everybody batty. It’s a great detective story and perhaps the most appropriate setting and time for an alternative, compelling Dark Knight Adventure.

“Torso” (2001):

Creepy, creepy, creepy is this limited series turned into a graphic novel by Marc Andreyko and Brian Michael Bendis. “Torso” is based on the true events that took place in Cleveland in the 30’s, as a serial killer cuts his victims only to leave their mauled torsos as evidence. A much swaggered Eliot Ness, fresh off his triumph over Al Capone in Chicago, leads the investigation. However, a net full of conspiracies and interests compromise Ness, as the search for the truth, as well as the former Untouchable's reputation, hang in the balance. At one point David Fincher was involved with this project with rumors of Matt Damon as Ness. We hope the “Torso" movie version comes to fruition, but for now, grab it, it a masterpiece.

Preacher (1995-2000):

Comic book greats Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon created a blasphemous, taboo shattering series with “Preacher”. Part Sergio Leone and part Clive Barker, “Preacher” focuses on Jesse Custer, a good ol’ Texan boy who finds refuge as a preacher in a small Lone Star state town. Genesis, the spawn of an angel and a demon, flees Heaven and possesses Custer, giving him, essentially, the power of God.

Custer hits the road and encounters his hit woman ex, Tulip, and a drunken Irish vampire Cassidy. Ennis’ story also involves a Clint Eastwood inspired cowboy as the angel of death, a disfigured boy as comic relief, and some pretty crazy theories on divinity (God has left heaven is on the run, for Christ’s sake!) Reports indicate Sam Mendes will bring it to the screen at some point, after several years of postponements. If done right, “Preacher” will have lines of protesters condemning the film, just the way we pray it will be.


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 10:52pm

I'm going to have to pick these up at some point. They sound like interesting reads.

I can't see Gotham by Gaslight getting made. It has a certain... I don't know... originality. GASP! I've usexored the "O" werdz agains!

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