If the recent, indomitable rise of the superhero movie is
proof of anything it’s that comic books are fertile grounds for movie
adaptation. Not to mention pretty profitable too if the whopping $2 billion
Infinity War took at the box office this year is anything to go by.
But while there’s no doubting the origins of films like Infinity
War and Black Panther, other movies aren’t so upfront about their comic book
inspirations. In fact, for years filmmakers have been mining the world of comic
books for plot ideas without being very forthcoming about the fact they
essentially pilfered their premises from a pre-existing source.
From a cynical point of view, it makes perfect sense. As film
is one of the more popular mediums of entertainment, we’re far more likely to
see a movie than we are to read a comic book – especially one of the lesser
known titles. That means there’s a tonne of untapped content out there that filmmakers
can ‘borrow’ from and insert into their movies without many of us even noticing
that their film might not be a wholly original product.
Not that that’s really surprising in the film industry –
they say that in Hollywood, originality died some time back in the 1990s.
Still, it’s kind of sneaky of filmmakers not to give credit where credit is due
especially when it’s indebted to such a relatively underappreciated medium as
So, let’s expose the movies and their makers who totally
ripped off their plots from comic books. Shame on you, guys, shame on you.