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Things in Comicbooks that you just don't get in movies.

Updated on July 21, 2017

As you can probably tell from my other articles, I am a big fan of superhero movies. I have found them to be action packed, fast paced, and incredibly entertaining.
With their popularity on the rise, some have argued that they have now replaced their paper parents. I disagree!
In this article, we'll be talking about the areas in which films are yet to catch up with comicbooks, and why whatever Holywood does, paper and ink will never be replaced!

Graphics

The first reason why screens will never replace paper is the graphics.
Obviously, there are some superhero movies which come with terrible and cheesy graphics already installed. Take for example the God awful 'Fant4stic' or the cringe worthy 'Green Lantern'. These movies were never thought of as having good effects.
Then on the other hand, you get some that are seen as the pinnacle of cinema. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Dark Knight' to name just a few. However, an important question to ask yourself about any movie in which you think highly of the graphics is this... 'Will these graphics still be seen as 'amazing' in 20-40 years?'
The answer is almost certainly a no.
As technology develops, what was once seen as beautiful and modern is now seen as cheesy and cheap.
However, paintings are timeless. The Mona Lisa is no less of a masterpiece than it was when it was first painted. The same applies to comicbooks. A comicbook from the 1960s can inspire the same senses today as it did when it was first published.
The graphics of a superhero movie will always be restricted by the budget. The artwork in a superhero comicbook is only restricted by the talent of the artist.

Number of Characters

My second point is also connected to budgets. A comicbook can have more characters in one story than any film ever could.
The reality of Hollywood is that thespians cost money. The better they are at their job, the more money they will cost to hire. If a producer were to attempt to hire as many actors as comicbooks have characters, they would have no choice but to hire newbies who don't really know too much about acting yet.
The film with the most superheroes will probably be the upcoming 'Infinity War'. Even then, not only will have fewer characters than many of the comics, it will also cost a lot more, and take a lot longer to create.

It isn't just money that's the problem, it's copyright laws!
Personally, I believe copyright laws to have been taken too far - but that's another article for another time.
An Avengers-X-Men crossover movie isn't in the cards at the moment because Disney have the film rights to the Avengers and Fox have the rights to the X-Men. The X-Men and Avengers comicbooks are both owned by Marvel. Even a Marvel/DC crossover comic is 10000x easier than a crossover film!

Costumes

My third point does not concern all comicbook movies or even all comicbooks. But in general, costumes are far more likely to be seen on a page than on a screen. The problem is that what's dark and gritty when it's drawn is just childish when it's live action.
I won't spend too long on this topic because it's not that important, but I'll end by saying that the whole 'Yellow and Black' thing that comicbook wolverine has going on is formidable.

I don't do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be.

— Frank Miller

Literature

As somebody with a B in English Literature, an A in English Language, and an A-Level in Creative Writing, I liked to read. And as somebody who likes to read, I can tell when something is well written. Despite what a few literature snobs might tell you, it doesn't matter if it's written by a genius using a diamond tipped pen, or scribbled on a public toilet wall with a sharpie, if it's good literature, it's good literature.
Many comicbooks (particularly the older ones, particularly the X-Men) have narration (and occasionally speech) bubbles that contain the same quality of writing that one would expect to find in a good novel. Very descriptive, very emotional, very gripping.
A film simply cannot provide the literary satisfaction that a book (or even a comicbook) can.

Character Development

My final point is that a comicbook can allow character development to happen much slower and therefore much become much deeper.
In a film, the character must be introduced to the audience in less than an hour. As a result, we never really get to see them in their entirety. However, as new comicbooks come out every week, the reader has to opportunity to see characters from all different angles, understand their flaws, and know their complete back-story.
As far as Hollywood in concerned, there are good guys and bad guys. In the comicbooks and in reality, it's not quite so black and white.

Conclusion

Although comicbook movies can be fantastic to watch, comicbooks will always have a place for any genuine superhero fan. Despite everything their capeable of, any block buster is limited by time, money, and rescources.
The limits of cinema are nothing more than a slight hurlde for pen and paper.

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    • Nathan Kiehn profile image

      Nathan Kiehn 6 weeks ago

      In some ways, I've actually come to regard the movies as superior to the comics, mainly in regard to character development. In comics, it's typically a major death or sudden revelation that prompts a shift in character. Yes, over the course of fifty years or so, characters will experience multiple changes. But take Spider-Man for example. Boom, Marla Jameson dies and all of a sudden it's "No One Dies" for him. An intriguing concept, naturally born from years of having friends and family die, but it's this sudden jolt which changes him. In contrast, trilogies like Iron Man, Captain America, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, or Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy showcase change over the course of several films. I totally agree that, in one movie, change will not happen. But I think there's some nice character growth over the course of a franchise (Yondu's development in the GotG films or Wolverine's over all the X-Men films are great examples).

      Undoubtedly, the weekly issues add much more to the worlds and characters that movies; I agree on there too. But I feel like films have their merit too. It just takes some time to get the ball rolling.

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      Ryan Fuller 4 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I am a huge superhero movie fan too. I have never really been big into the comics, but I wish I had. I have several friends who are comic book junkies. And some of the films I have seen, I wish I would have known more going into them. I think the comics are very important. I know that the comics are way more in depth than the films. Great points in this article.