12 February 2013 9:32 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men struck gold at the box office, Hollywood has been buying up every single interesting comic book property trying to create the next Spider-Man or Batman franchise. Since the year 2000, there have been numerous comic book films that have major blockbusters such as the aforementioned X-Men franchise, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. But for every great adaptation like Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, there is a terrible one like Jimmy Hayward’s Jonah Hex.

Why is it that some of these comic book films turn out great, while other ones turn out to be horrific? Most people will say it’s because of the writing, or the directing style, or even the actors playing the titular role. These reasons can all be true, but I believe that some comic books were not supposed to be constrained to a two-hour movie. »

- Al Mannarino

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