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Carlos Velasco
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It appears that most movies based in superhero comics are not capturing the spirit of the original story. Of course, there are a few exceptions, such as the first two Superman movies, but recent movies are either bad or not related to the original characters.

Since this is not going to change, the only thing we can do is use our imagination: which classic superhero comics do you think deserve a proper movie adaptation?

As a fan of 80s DC, my list would be:
- Wolfman/Pérez's Teen Titans
- Swamp Thing
- Giffen's JLI
- Byrne's Superman
- Levitz's Legion of Superheroes
- Kirby's Mr. Miracle (or another comic based in that universe)

Outside of DC, I was going to say Ostrander's Grimjack, but it looks like they are already working on it... I will definitely watch it when it comes out.


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I’d love to see AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 229-230. That would be so awesome. 

FF 242-244. Oh, yeah. 

THOR 337-340 

Are you listening, Disney?!?
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People forget how short the "Galactus Saga" was. It could make for a great second Fantastic Four movie.

Maybe the first Jarella story from THE INCREDIBLE HULK, though probably without the Avengers being involved.

It would require the Green Goblin coming back and dying yet again in a movie -- so it probably isn't worth it -- but if a quality abbreviated version of the Hobgoblin saga is possible, with the ending as Roger Stern intended it, I'd love to see it in a Spider-Man movie. Even if it's a three-hour movie. 
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Differing ideas of "classic", but a period piece of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents would
be amazeballs.

I think the problem with a lot of "classic" storylines are that there were
decades of familiarity and association with a character which made things
classic. The X-Men film franchise suffered from this as they tried to do the
major storylines, but never developed investment in the characters (DCU in a
sense, too). The MCU did a great job of playing the long game from the
start...great (mostly) individual stories that add to a tapestry that engrain
emotional investment in the characters...the GF who never read a comic book
in her life still gets weepy when we watch Endgame...and she's close to double
digit viewings.

A big part of why Dark Phoenix was a box office bomb is that...no one cared.
Fox just kept throwing X-Men stories out without any (seemingly) big picture
plan.

A classic storyline without a classic plan is just a waste of a great story IMHO.
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The Fox X-Men characters really did suffer from ‘who are they this year’ syndrome. 
There was just no emotional
Connection to them
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 QUOTE:
THOR 337-340

Walt Simonson's work is so masterfully epic, I could certainly easily see a movie version of this tale. For me personally, though, I'd not be interested at all. I think that the Beta Ray Bill story was a brilliantly executed example of... a horrible idea (de-unique-ing Thor).

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The moment we learned Don Blake was actually a construct created by Odin the whole “if he be worthy” thing should have been buried and forgotten.
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Wallace Sellars
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 QUOTE:
I think that the Beta Ray Bill story was a brilliantly executed
example of... a horrible idea (de-unique-ing Thor).


Agreed!

On what will probably be an unpopular note... I prefer the Donald Blake
Thor who resumes his human form after being separated from his
hammer for more than a minute.
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" I prefer the Donald Blake
Thor who resumes his human form after being separated from his
hammer for more than a minute."

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Me too!
Another aspect for a writer to explore.
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There are plenty of epics that are worth making movies of... but if the writing isn't good, then the movies already aren't worth it. If the effects aren't good, the movies aren't worth it. If the casting isn't good... the movies aren't worth it.

So having said that, what would I like to see cinematized?

The second Hulk vs Thing fight from Fantastic Four #25 and 26.
"For the Man Who Has Everything" from Superman Annual #13
The New Teen Titans vs Trigon from the early issues of NTT
The Great Darkness Saga from the Legion of Super-Heroes
Captain America vs the Secret Empire

we just need to be careful about picking the right story and performers.

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Wallace Sellars
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and

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Peter Martin
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 I prefer the Donald Blake
Thor who resumes his human form after being separated from his
hammer for more than a minute.
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I'm with you on this, Wallace.

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