Comic Book Adaptations

As Robin Brenner said in her most recent column, “Super heroes are everywhere lately.” That will only intensify at the movies this summer, as indicated by the Super Bowl ads. One movie news site calls it Comic Book Cacophony.

Below is the schedule, with the Super Bowl spots.

5/6 — Thor — Based on Stan Lee’s Marvel Super Hero series, and directed by Kenneth Branagh (!)

5/13 —Priest –  Not a Super Hero, but based on a manga series from TokyoPop.

6/3 —  X-Men: First Class — Based on another Marvel Super Hero series, this one did not get the Super Bowl treatment.

6/17 — Green Lantern — Based on a D.C. Super Hero series. Also no Super Bowl spot, outraging some fans.

7/22 — Captain America: The First Avenger – Marvel comics Super Hero adaptation.

7/29 — Cowboys & Aliens – The Western theme continues to be turned on its head; True Grit casts it in an ironic light. This adaptation of a non-Supero-Hero comic combines a Western with the theme of alien invastion. Highly anticipated, it’s directed by Jon Favreau and stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

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