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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Revenge of the Comics
Have comic books taken over the movies? There certainly seem to be numerous comic book references in modern films, and an increasing number of films not only based on comic books, but influenced by their visual style.

Batman Begins opens today, and by all accounts the latest Batman film is dark and stylish, patterned more after Blade Runner than anything from DC Comic land (Frank Miller notwithstanding). The inside joke is, of course, that Blade Runner (and Ridley Scott's earlier masterpiece, Alien) had its roots in the enormously influential and stylish French comic, "Metal-Hurlant" (marketed in the US under the name "Heavy Metal"). A comic-influenced film influencing a film based on a comic... it boggles the mind.

More than that, it's clearly no longer a badge of shame to be a comic book fan. Heck - if Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson and Ridley Scott are all confessed comic nuts, they can't be that bad. Comics are getting their revenge at last.
:: posted by Ian Dawe, 6/15/2005 Comments (0)
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