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Comic book movies come in all shapes in sizes. For every summer blockbuster that’s out there you also have many great films that fell under the radar. For decades now comic book movies have been bringing some of our favorite characters to the big screen. Sometimes this leap of faith is successful, sometimes it is a complete disaster, and then others land somewhere in between.

Anyone who attempts to make a comic book movie is at a disadvantage right from the start. The reason why so many comic book movies get made every year is due to the fact that there is such a big audience for them. Comic books will never go out of style and the fact that many movie versions of them have been so successful has erased the stigma that reading comic books is only ok if you’re a basement dwelling nerd. The fact is we’re all nerds in our own little way some people admit it and some people don’t.

The biggest problem that comic book movies face is that they have so many people to please. Every comic book has a dedicated group of fans that is sure to want their favorite stories told page for page. There are also many people out there who love the idea of a comic book movie but have never read a single comic book in their life and just want to have a good time when they go to the movies. The duty of the filmmaker is to try and create a film that can please both demographics and that task is nearly impossible.

The truth is you can’t please everyone. At some point we all have to accept that the version of these characters that get brought to the big screen might not be the interpretation that we want but we have to keep in mind that they are only one interpretation. Even if you have a preconceived idea of what a comic book movie should be like there comes a point where you just have to let go of the hate and accept it for what it is.

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This article was first posted on June 10, 2013