It is easy to forget sometimes that not everyone has an encyclopedic knowledge of comic book heroes and villains. Despite many beloved characters existing for decades, starring in hundreds of stories and developing committed fan bases, there are even more people who go through their entire lives without ever hearing of them. This is simply because, as hard as it is to believe, not everyone in this world is obsessed with comics.
However, if box office records are to be believed, it would seem that everyone in this world is obsessed with comic book movies. If you have a character that you think everyone alive deserves to see, all you have to do is stick them in a superhero movie, and wait for everyone alive to roll up to the cinema. If that doesn't work, giving them their own TV show should be just as effective.
But what happens when the filmmakers change a character for the screen? This is all well and good until film fans come looking for their new fictional friend in the comics, and find a totally different person. We'd love to say that comic creators stick to their artistic vision and remain true to their original character, but that's just not how business works, baby. Here are ten comic characters who completely changed once their on-screen versions became more popular.
Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).