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MOVIE POLL: Which is your favorite adaptation of a Vertigo or Dark Horse comic?

Apr. 17, 2012by:

Which is your favorite adaptation of a Vertigo or Dark Horse comic?

300
A History of Violence
Constantine
Hellboy
Helboy II: The Golden Army
The Losers
Sin City
V for Vendetta
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11:56PM on 04/17/2012
I had to pick other cause all these movies rank among my favorite comic adaptations. Until Marvel's recent blockbusters, these were higher on my list than most other adaptations. And the books they are based on rank among my favs in the comic world.
I had to pick other cause all these movies rank among my favorite comic adaptations. Until Marvel's recent blockbusters, these were higher on my list than most other adaptations. And the books they are based on rank among my favs in the comic world.
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9:49PM on 04/17/2012
V for Vendetta for me. I'm kinda shocked at the critical backlash it's gotten lately, to be honest. You may disagree with the politics of it (though I would argue some people are just grasping at straws there), but I still found it emotionally satisfying, peppered with a hint of great action, and a rousing performance from Hugo Weaving.
V for Vendetta for me. I'm kinda shocked at the critical backlash it's gotten lately, to be honest. You may disagree with the politics of it (though I would argue some people are just grasping at straws there), but I still found it emotionally satisfying, peppered with a hint of great action, and a rousing performance from Hugo Weaving.
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6:39PM on 04/17/2012

actually

ALL of these movies are awesome. Love me some Constantine though, bring on part 2 LK and co!
ALL of these movies are awesome. Love me some Constantine though, bring on part 2 LK and co!
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4:37PM on 04/17/2012

Hellboy II hands down.

Sin City is a close second. I liked almost all these films, aside for The Loser. The cast was great, but the screenplay and direction was all over the place. 300 was a good popcorn flick too, but nothing earthshattering IMO.

BTW, am I the only one who'd really like a Constantine 2 with Keanu??
Sin City is a close second. I liked almost all these films, aside for The Loser. The cast was great, but the screenplay and direction was all over the place. 300 was a good popcorn flick too, but nothing earthshattering IMO.

BTW, am I the only one who'd really like a Constantine 2 with Keanu??
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4:32PM on 04/17/2012
Good point about The Mask, as well. Such a great flick
Good point about The Mask, as well. Such a great flick
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4:01PM on 04/17/2012
I went with Hellboy 2. I liked both movies, one of my favorite comic book film series, but I thought Hellboy 2 did the best job of the two. You cared about these characters. Del Toro has a good way of taking the fantastical and throwing fantastic emotion into his films, and Hellboy 2 may be the best example of this. I liked 300 and Sin City as well, but those are mostly stylistic films and don't have much in the way of characters you can get behind or care about. As entertaining as they are,
I went with Hellboy 2. I liked both movies, one of my favorite comic book film series, but I thought Hellboy 2 did the best job of the two. You cared about these characters. Del Toro has a good way of taking the fantastical and throwing fantastic emotion into his films, and Hellboy 2 may be the best example of this. I liked 300 and Sin City as well, but those are mostly stylistic films and don't have much in the way of characters you can get behind or care about. As entertaining as they are, the emotional weight that really makes a film worth investing in isn't really there.
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2:28PM on 04/17/2012
I should have guessed the overrated Sin City would have been tops here. I really liked 300 and Constantine. V for Vendetta is okay too.
I should have guessed the overrated Sin City would have been tops here. I really liked 300 and Constantine. V for Vendetta is okay too.
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2:08PM on 04/17/2012

Tough poll

Haven't seen The Losers but I enjoyed all of these. Surprised THE MASK and AVP isn't on here
Haven't seen The Losers but I enjoyed all of these. Surprised THE MASK and AVP isn't on here
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1:04PM on 04/17/2012
Sin City.
Sin City.
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12:59PM on 04/17/2012

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Just kidding, haha. Why only Dark Horse and Vertigo? Because they are kind of like "alternative" action comics? I think I get it. I also loved Mystery Men, though, and the MIB movies are classics, ya gotta admit. Hated the Hellboy movies, and yes, it IS because I'm a HUGE fan of the comics and GDT's version contained none of the moodiness and subtleties that make the comics so great. Also have to give a nod to Ghost World, Persepolis and American Splendor, although not "action" movies, they
Just kidding, haha. Why only Dark Horse and Vertigo? Because they are kind of like "alternative" action comics? I think I get it. I also loved Mystery Men, though, and the MIB movies are classics, ya gotta admit. Hated the Hellboy movies, and yes, it IS because I'm a HUGE fan of the comics and GDT's version contained none of the moodiness and subtleties that make the comics so great. Also have to give a nod to Ghost World, Persepolis and American Splendor, although not "action" movies, they were all great, and pushed the boundaries of FILMMAKING, which is so important.
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12:36PM on 04/17/2012

oh...

I loved Sin City and the first Hellboy...but I could not get into 300. I am not sure why. I remember seeing the preview for it and having no interest (I thought to myself, this looks like a movie with a bunch of half naked dudes screaming the whole time) so I never saw it. Then several people told me how awesome it was...so I bought it at Target for like 5 bucks. I think I only got about 10 minutes in and I had to shut it off.
Now, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for that type of movie at
I loved Sin City and the first Hellboy...but I could not get into 300. I am not sure why. I remember seeing the preview for it and having no interest (I thought to myself, this looks like a movie with a bunch of half naked dudes screaming the whole time) so I never saw it. Then several people told me how awesome it was...so I bought it at Target for like 5 bucks. I think I only got about 10 minutes in and I had to shut it off.
Now, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for that type of movie at that point. I am totally going to give it another chance...but so far, I am not impressed. Am I alone here?
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12:52PM on 04/17/2012
I think you have to see the whole movie to form an opinion- the battle scenes are great.
I think you have to see the whole movie to form an opinion- the battle scenes are great.
2:51PM on 04/17/2012
It was an atmosphere piece. It did what it did and it did it well, but you really never end up caring about the characters. So, while I appreciate it for what it is, and enjoy elements of it, I wouldn't call it a great film by any means.
It was an atmosphere piece. It did what it did and it did it well, but you really never end up caring about the characters. So, while I appreciate it for what it is, and enjoy elements of it, I wouldn't call it a great film by any means.
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11:34AM on 04/17/2012
Sin City, Hellboy, 300 are really good, but V for Vendetta is a surprisingly complex movie for a first-time director.
Can't wait for his next, The Raven.
Sin City, Hellboy, 300 are really good, but V for Vendetta is a surprisingly complex movie for a first-time director.
Can't wait for his next, The Raven.
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10:57AM on 04/17/2012
Sin City is definitely the best adaptation, and a great film. As much as I love 'V For Vendetta' and 'History of Violence', they weren't necessarily faithful adaptations, more like an auteur's alternate vision (and they were great films, to be sure). I enjoy the Hellboy films and Constantine far more than I should, probably, given that they pretty much threw out the comic and did their own thing (Liz is pregnant? Constantine is a blonde American? Whaaaat?) But I still enjoy 'em.
Sin City is definitely the best adaptation, and a great film. As much as I love 'V For Vendetta' and 'History of Violence', they weren't necessarily faithful adaptations, more like an auteur's alternate vision (and they were great films, to be sure). I enjoy the Hellboy films and Constantine far more than I should, probably, given that they pretty much threw out the comic and did their own thing (Liz is pregnant? Constantine is a blonde American? Whaaaat?) But I still enjoy 'em.
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10:48AM on 04/17/2012
As much as I think History of Violence is a good movie I don't consider it a great adaptation of the source material. I had read the original graphic novel long before the movie came out and outside of the title of the movie and opening it is an entirely different story with a completely watered down ending compared to what was in the book. I remember being really disappointed by the new ending in the movie that really took away the power of the original ending. That being said when looked at
As much as I think History of Violence is a good movie I don't consider it a great adaptation of the source material. I had read the original graphic novel long before the movie came out and outside of the title of the movie and opening it is an entirely different story with a completely watered down ending compared to what was in the book. I remember being really disappointed by the new ending in the movie that really took away the power of the original ending. That being said when looked at without being an adaptation still a great movie.
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10:33AM on 04/17/2012
Results are the same order i would rank them in.
Results are the same order i would rank them in.
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10:14AM on 04/17/2012
Didn't realize they had this many good films... Sin City mos def. They're all really good. Losers is incredibly underrated.
Didn't realize they had this many good films... Sin City mos def. They're all really good. Losers is incredibly underrated.
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8:52AM on 04/17/2012
You forgot one choice: The Mask. Jim Carrey's line of "That's a spicy meatball!" line is my favorite.
You forgot one choice: The Mask. Jim Carrey's line of "That's a spicy meatball!" line is my favorite.
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8:23AM on 04/17/2012
The Losers.

Love the film.
The Losers.

Love the film.
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