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Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | Video 27 January 2004
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The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
Ms. Q (Studio Secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange


A host of real-life celebrities - including Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith - journey into the world of comic book fandom! Documentary filmmaker Donald Swan heads to the world's largest comic book convention where he encounters a culture of craziness that he's totally unprepared for! Written by Comic Book : The Movie

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Hollywood invaded the Comic Book World... Now the real Comic Book Heros are striking back!



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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »




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27 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In a scene in the Comic Book Convention, A man dressed in a Sgt. Kabukiman outfit says, "Were gonna make our own damn movie!" "Make Your Own Damn Movie" is a book by Lloyd Kaufman who wrote and directed the movie Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990) See more »


Leo Matuzik: Knowing my grandfather the way I did - which was I didn't - he'd probably say, "Look, you snooze, you lose." Something like that.
Army Buddy #2: [singsong voice] I don't remember Grandaddy. I was only five.
[normal voice]
Army Buddy #2: He's a retard. Come on, man. We want our money. Don't give us that crap about a basket of fruit and assorted cheese and four bottles of wine. We don't drink... anymore.
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Crazy Credits

Above all, We're thankful for the comic books themselves. So to all the artists and writers, both famous and faceless, we dedicate this film. See more »


References Batman (1989) See more »


4 Color World
Written by Billy West, Jess Harnell & Violet Benny
Performed by Billy West & Jess Harnell
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A great movie for all the fan-boys and fan-girls!
31 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie follows the adventures of Don Swan (Mark Hamill) as he desperately tries to maintain the integrity of his favorite comic book character (Commander Courage) before a movie studio destroys the character's good image in favor of a more violent, aggressive one.

Commander Courage (a fictional character created by Hamill) was supposedly a patriotic superhero inspired by the bombing of Pearl Harbor to fight against the Axis. His powers were granted by an Indian shaman named the White Wolf. His nephew became his sidekick, Liberty Lad.

The movie studio has no interest in Swan's idealistic character. They want the updated, anti-terrorist vigilante portrayed in the current comic series (once again, fictional). This new character never reveals his face, nor does he even have a secret identity. Instead of his nephew, this new hero is accompanied by a sexy young woman with many weapons, Liberty Lass.

This movie is a David and Goliath struggle between Swan defending the history behind a great character, while the studio feels that the modern way is the only way to make a profit. I felt that this is a very relevant theme for all of the comic book fans who cringe when they watch as a movie adaptation of their favorite hero is not accurate at all. For example, I remember rumors in the late 1990s about a possible Superman movie in which Superman would be portrayed as a human with a strong desire for justice through vengeance. As a dedicated fan of DC Comics, I would be disappointed if a movie did not portray the Man of Steel as an alien who was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, fights for justice as well as mercy, and (most importantly) never takes the life of another human being. That is what Swan's quest to keep Commander Courage authentic is all about; keeping the icon characters true to their roots is all that studios need to do. There is no need to change the original formula.

The movie is filmed similar to a documentary, with Swan and the other characters interacting with other fans at the Comic Con International, which is sure to bring smiles to any fan-boy or fan-girl who has attended a comic convention. The icing on the cake has to be the celebrity appearances by many legendary comic book creators.

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