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Live Action Adaptations: Spider-Man Movies
Topic by: manuelvillanueva
Posted: February 17, 2008 - 7:49 PM PST
Last Reply: March 17, 2008 - 12:00 AM PDT

author topic: Live Action Adaptations: Spider-Man Movies
manuelvillanueva
post #1  on February 17, 2008 - 7:49 PM PST  
I've heard Spider-Man 1-3 were box office hits. I haven't seen them. I was afraid I'd be disappointed in live-action versions. Anyone remember the 1978 TV series? It was terrible! I grew up reading Spider-Man comics as a kid. I loved watching the 1967 cartoon after school. I also read Spider-Man comics while stationed in Germany.

Live-action versions of comic books wind up as failures. For example, The Hulk (2003), Fantastic Four (2005), and Batman ('89, '92, '95, '97, '05). None of the Spider-Man movies received high ratings by GreenCine members. Have you seen Spider-Man 1, 2 or 3? Did you like them? Have you seen any live-action adaptation which lived up to its comic book counter part? I thought X-Men (2000) was good. What do you think about the new Iron Man trailer? I'd like to see it.

Vanamonde
post #2  on February 17, 2008 - 8:05 PM PST  
Yes, all of the X-Men movies were outstanding!

Spiderman 1 is my favorite and my least favorite (2) is some much better than the old TV cartoon, it is not funny. 3 was good, it is just 1 was better.

As for Fanstastic Four, Jessica Alba, with blond hair does not work for me. Jessica Alba is beautiful, almost the embodiment of pure sex and that was not work in this role. The is one of the worst casting decisions in years.

"I got jet"
manuelvillanueva
post #3  on February 17, 2008 - 9:25 PM PST  
To be honest, I didn't see Fantastic Four. The trailer left much to be disired.

I forgot Superman (1978) with Christopher Reeves. That was a great movie and music (John Williams). One of the few movies that did the comic book justice.
weezy
post #4  on February 18, 2008 - 11:23 AM PST  
Robert Downy Jr. playing a superhero - I'm in! Trailer looks pretty badass too.

I was really enjoying the X-Men Movies (X2 was my fav) until X3 reared its ugly, ridiculous head.

Hark!

A WOLVERINE MOVIE is forthcoming! :D


underdog
post #5  on February 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM PST  
> On February 17, 2008 - 8:05 PM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> As for Fanstastic Four, Jessica Alba, with blond hair does not work for me. Jessica Alba is beautiful, almost the embodiment of pure sex and that was not work in this role. The is one of the worst casting decisions in years.
>

She's beautiful yes, and I feel like anytime she's cast in anything it's a bad casting decision. She still couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. There are so many of these bland but beautiful actors these days that keep getting cast despite a lack of both charisma and talent.
AstroAppa
post #6  on February 18, 2008 - 2:34 PM PST  
Spider-man 2 was the best of the series by far for me. Almost a perfect Comic book movie for me..beautifully paced, shot, and acted, with a great story too. Spider-man 3 was a little too busy for me. Too much going on at once, and the ending sort of felt like a cop out to me.
Vanamonde
post #7  on February 18, 2008 - 9:58 PM PST  
> On February 18, 2008 - 11:23 AM PST weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hark!
>
> A WOLVERINE MOVIE is forthcoming! :D
> ---------------------------------

But without Stewart and McKellen, is will just not be the same. Those guys are so gooooood!

troublemaker
post #8  on February 19, 2008 - 8:31 PM PST  
Color me optimistic but I'm looking forward to the upcoming superhero films that seem to hit the right notes.

-Iron Man looks balls-to-the-walls awesome! Plus I got a soft spot for Robert Downey Jr. when I remembered how funny he could be after watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

-Wolverine: origins has kept my interest because David Benioff (writer of the 25th Hour) wrote the screenplay and that Gavin Hood of
Tsotsi and Rendition is directing.

-The Incredible Hulk which is essentially a "reboot" of the film franchise, looks promising. I love me some Ang Lee, but even I'll admit he dropped the ball on his version. They say they'll be doing it closer to the comic, and with Edward Norton in tow, I'm being hopeful.


The way I figure it, tons of comic book movies will be coming out either way. Might as well try and embrace the ones that actually look like they might end up being pretty good! Despite your apprehensions to see a live-action Spiderman, checkout number 1 and 2. They're not all bad. I'd say skip any and all Fantastic Four flicks and that I liked X2 the best out of the trilogy of X-men films.

Wow, this post was hard to do links to. Do you guys have any tips on putting html links up easier? I always have to copy and paste code and this time it was super tedious.
manuelvillanueva
post #9  on February 20, 2008 - 12:27 AM PST  
> On February 19, 2008 - 8:31 PM PST troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The way I figure it, tons of comic book movies will be coming out either way. Might as well try and embrace the ones that actually look like they might end up being pretty good! Despite your apprehensions to see a live-action Spiderman, checkout number 1 and 2. They're not all bad. I'd say skip any and all Fantastic Four flicks and that I liked X2 the best out of the trilogy of X-men films.
>
> Wow, this post was hard to do links to. Do you guys have any tips on putting html links up easier? I always have to copy and paste code and this time it was super tedious.
> ---------------------------------

I'm curious what Shazam! (2009) will look like. Remember the live-action 1974 version? There's also a trailer for Wonder Woman (2009) on you tube--If it's for real. I've seen better acting on Traci Lords videos. At least Linda Carter made for a classy Wonder Woman.

Making links is tedious for me too. My best suggestion is saving the code as a text file then using it as a template.
hamano
post #10  on February 20, 2008 - 2:50 PM PST  
The Speed Racer trailer made me throw up on the audience member in front of me. What a travesty! They should have just given me the XXX million dollars they spent on that crap so I could fight global warming or something.
manuelvillanueva
post #11  on February 21, 2008 - 7:59 AM PST  
> On February 20, 2008 - 2:50 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Speed Racer trailer made me throw up on the audience member in front of me. What a travesty! They should have just given me the XXX million dollars they spent on that crap so I could fight global warming or something.
> ---------------------------------

It didn't impress me either. Have a barf bag handy next time (BYOBB).
weezy
post #12  on February 21, 2008 - 11:29 AM PST  
> Wow, this post was hard to do links to. Do you guys have any tips on putting html links up easier? I always have to copy and paste code and this time it was super tedious.
> ---------------------------------

Notetab Lite is a simple HTML editor that Underdog and the gang use.
shiftless
post #13  on February 21, 2008 - 4:31 PM PST  
In general superhero movies are a double edged sword for comic fans. Gratifying to see modern special effects and characters you love, terrible to see characters you love get massacred and lazy writers doing formula scripts.

I like the spider-man movies generally but they get too jokey for me, especially #3.

I don't like the 90's Batman movies but 2005's Batman was good in my opinion, looking forward to he next one but I am also apprehensive because I think The Joker does not translate to film well.

The Fantastic Four movies are pretty piss-poor, from script to acting to special effects, except I love the actor who plays Ben Grimm, he's excellent. I think I see him on some crap cop TV show when I am flipping channels right before bed.

I think Iron Man looks TERRIBLE and seems to also suffer from a let's-cram-as-many-jokes-as-possible-into-this-script syndrome. I like RDJ as an actor but I do not have high hopes for this one.

I have not seen the Wonder Woman trailer but if that movie sucks I will be so pissed. Who is Wonder Woman? There was talk of Lindsey Lohan, but man I hope not, she sucks. I really want to see a well done serious treatment of that character.

I generally like the X-men movies but I am/was a fan boy so it's not a very objective opinion. I still love the opening sequence with Nightcrawler attacking the President. Halle Berry sucks though.

I would give the Spider-man movies a go. Don't go in expecting the comic book and you won't be so disappointed.
troublemaker
post #14  on February 29, 2008 - 11:58 AM PST  
In the spirit of this thread, thought it only befitting that I post the new 2.5 minute trailer of Ironman that aired during Lost last night.

Personally I think it looks like a fun time. It's the perfect popcorn-munching film for the Summer.
troublemaker
post #15  on March 13, 2008 - 12:03 AM PDT  
The trailer for the Hulk reboot has finally showed up online.

Meh. Color me not impressed.
Cinenaut
post #16  on March 13, 2008 - 8:45 AM PDT  
Rumor has it (on slashfilm.com) that Edward Norton and the director are fighting over the final cut.

> On March 13, 2008 - 12:03 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The trailer for the Hulk reboot has finally showed up online.
>
> Meh. Color me not impressed.
> ---------------------------------

troublemaker
post #17  on March 15, 2008 - 12:13 PM PDT  
Even despite my general appreciation of him, I hear Edward Norton is a complete prima donna on set. I know a few people who went to the comic-con talk last year where Norton was talking about how he has a much heavier hand on this project. I think he has some writing and executive producer credit?

I wouldn't be surprised about an argument over final cut happening since the film right now looks like a made-for-tv movie, except for the FX showdown at the end.

I'm banking on Iron Man being the comic adaptation to beat this year.
AstroAppa
post #18  on March 16, 2008 - 9:08 PM PDT  
yah the trailer didn't really wow me either, but i have never really been a hulk fan...give iron man and dark knight any day.

> On March 13, 2008 - 12:03 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The trailer for the Hulk reboot has finally showed up online.
>
> Meh. Color me not impressed.
> ---------------------------------

hamano
post #19  on March 17, 2008 - 12:00 AM PDT  
> On March 13, 2008 - 12:03 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The trailer for the Hulk reboot has finally showed up online.
>
> Meh. Color me not impressed.
> ---------------------------------

I was a bit impressed... Duel of the Stretch Armstrongs! I loved those stretchy dolls....

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