The Walking Dead premiered on AMC on Halloween night. I’ve been anticipating this adaptation since they announced they were making it last year.
I was not disappointed.
One of the best comic book adaptations ever. Up there with the first Spiderman movie and Iron Man.
Not only did it adapt the source material faithfully, it expanded upon it very well. I figured it would be good. After all, the writer, Robert Kirkman, was on set, the producer/director, Frank Darabont, was the guy behind some of the only GOOD Stephen King adaptations; The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.
I’ve read the series twice now and I ended up watching the premiere trying to figure out what was going to happen next. There were truly some creepy scenes in it and I was very pleased with the way they moved things around or spent an extra 5-10 minutes on character development.
This show is going to be up there with the other greats that have been on cable over the last decade; The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter.
But enough of the positive shit. I can’t break character.
For as awesome as this show is I can’t help but look back at the other comic book adaptations over the years that some fucktard greenlit.
Here’s the short list.
Batman & Robin:
Gay. This movie was just that. Joel Schumaker put nipples on the batsuit.
George Clooney has publicly apologized for this move.
The comic had a pretty decent premise to it but it never came out on time. The movie was a shoddy mess with some of the worst CG ever. The fucking demon at the end didn’t even move his mouth when he spoke.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
I couldn’t even finish it. That bad. At least Superman III gave us a major plot point for Office Space.
Just another example of some douchebag Hollywood suit thinking they could run another franchise into the ground.
The Punisher (1989):
This was the one with Dolph Lundgren. They couldn’t even put the skull on his chest. The one from 2004 with Thomas Jane and John Travolta wasn’t bad. Travolta had a great death scene. But then again, I like any movie that kills a Scientologist.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
Yes. This piece of shit was a comic series. Ironically by one of the greatest comic writers of our time, Alan Moore.
What a shitty adaptation to a great book. Casting is everything. Couldn’t Sean Connery have retired BEFORE this?
What a mess. Never read the books. This movie makes me want to never try.
Howard the Duck:
This is unwatchable. Even if you go into it to make fun of it. The Mystery Science Theater guys would have a tough time finishing this crap. Let’s have Leah Thompson screw a talking duck.
Who produced this POS?
Really? Well, he normally gets everything right.
For every good adaptation like Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim or The Watchmen there’s Catwoman, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Supergirl, Steel or Swamp Thing.