Are these movies doing more harm than good?
I am sorry if I am spouting too much of my beliefs. However, several blogs caught my attention, and I wanted to convey my point of view on these comic book movies. I, like many others, enjoy these comic adaptions. However, when issues over source material come into play, or rather being nonexistent, I always begin to question these movies.
From a business standpoint, these movies cater to those who do not know much or anything about the characters or series. This is my problem: when you drastically change things, dissimilar to comics, how much does that affect someone (if) when they decide to buy a comic book. I will put it simply; I believe movies ignoring source material do more harm than good. If someone watches a movie, most likely, this person will expect nearly the same character in the books. Humans react this way, in my opinion.
When you distance material between these two mediums, you divide the consumers. To be honest, comic books have many problems right now, some their fault and others because of competition. So, why add another competition to an already struggling industry? Who in their right mind would dish out about 4 dollars a month, while these movies exist for a onetime fee?
I am unaware exactly how these movies help the comic book industry, but based on discussions with comic book storeowners, these movies cause a brief spurt of more sales. However, why does this spurt end so rapidly? Next to improbable prices, comic books also have to compete with these movies, which change preexisting characters, and then the audiences, who only watch the movies, are disconnected. (Now, this is not true with everyone.)
I am a firm believer that animation helps comic books more than films because both are drawn. That is for a later blog, though. Back to the topic, I honestly do not care how good a film is when it comes to comic books. I may be flamed for this, but me, being in a loop with Hollywood’s exploitation of comic books, if I dare call it exploitation, do not understand their motive, except making lots of money.
The King, Jack Kirby predicted the success of these adaptations. Going as far to say, “Science fiction themes are very popular with Hollywood producers… they probably will do very well when exhibited to the public.” this is very true and has been proven. However, what will happen when (or if) the day these studios move onto the next subject? If comic book sales are this stagnant with the aid of movie adaptions, which are breaking box office records, what is in store for this medium’s future without the movies help?
In my opinion, these movies have become a competing crutch for this industry. Before the days of these movies, I do not believe the majority/ many of comic book writers were also screen directors, writers. Now, the very people, who make these movies, which cause my problem, are writing Comic books. I love Joss Whedon, Bendis, Christopher Nolan (Who I know is not writing comics), and I respect their visions and adaptations. However, there must be a time and place, where I must ask, what does the industry really gain with these movies? Your first response will be either exposure or money. This is true, but Superman, Spiderman, or Batman has always been big names, without these movies aid. In addition, they have always been able to sell (merchandise wise, cartoons, etc.).
Now, at the end of the day, I am a comic book fan first. These movies are amazing I cannot deny that. On the other hand, I ask those who are fans of comic books too question what exactly comic books are gaining with their deals with Hollywood. I hope, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, comic books will survive through any crisis.