Every week, we attempt to answer a new pop culture related question. This week’s edition of /Answers asks the following: Which is your favorite comic book movie adaptation? And when we say comic book movies, we don’t just mean superhero movies. Every movie based on a comic is up for grabs, including Scott Pilgrim, Persepolis, A History of Violence, American Splendor, Ghost World, Men in Black, Dredd, The Rocketeer, Hellboy, Sin City, V For Vendetta, Road To Perdition, 300, Snowpiercer, and more. Find out our personal favorite comic book movies of all time after the jump.
As always, we have the regular /Film writing and podcast team providing answers, alongside a special guest filmmaker. This week we are joined by James Mangold, director of comic book movies The Wolverine and the upcoming Logan, as well as Walk The Line, Girl Interrupted, Cop Land, Kate & Leopold, Identity, and Knight and Day.
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Director Sam Mendes had plenty of experience in theater before directing his first film. The skills he acquired from the stage, like his eye for performances, was evident even in his debut feature American Beauty, which won him his first Oscar. Even when a film from the director doesn’t fully come together, the performances are still worth talking about.
After the jump, read our ranking of Sam Mendes’ films.
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Sam Mendes‘ Road to Perdition failed to live up to box office expectations, but is notable for a few reasons: It was Mendes’ sophomore follow-up to the critically-acclaimed breakout hit American Beauty, babyface star Tom Hanks was playing a “bad guy,” and it was one of the first comic book adaptations which strayed as far you you can from the capes and superpower realm. The film was not a huge financial success, although the movie is still regarded by some as “a beautiful and criminally underappreciated film.”
Ever since it’s release we;ve been hearing rumbling of a possible sequel. In November 2008, it was reported that Max Allan Collins, the man behind the original series of Road to Perdition comics, has been hired to write two sequels to Perdition, called Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise, for JBM Productions (which has produced films as Leprecaun and Angel Eyes) and EMO Films. According to the report, Road to Purgatory would follow the character of Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Tom Hanks’ character in the original film, “who returns from World War II with a new determination to avenge his murdered father.”
“His quest ultimately leads him to Frank Nitti, whom he is urged to kill on the orders of Al Capone. The second sequel will follow Sullivan’s continued plight.”
We haven’t heard anything about the project for the last two years, and I was beginning to believe that it had fallen into development heck. We now have a new report which claims the the project is almost ready to move to the next stage.
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Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by David Chen
After Sam Mendes’ breakout hit American Beauty, he went on to direct Road to Perdition and Jarhead, two expensive critical darlings that failed to live up to box office expectations (/Film readers will know that Mendes is currently attached to helm Preacher). In particular, Perdition, which at the time was one of Tom Hanks’ few starring roles as an ostensible “bad guy,” is regarded in some circles as a beautiful and criminally underappreciated film. It now seems as though that world will be brought back to life again by the one who first created it.
Max Allan Collins, the man behind the original series of Road to Perdition comics, has been tapped to write and direct two sequels to Perdition, called Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise, for JBM Productions (which has produced films as Leprecaun and Angel Eyes) and EMO Films. According to the press release:
Road to Purgatory will follow the character of Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Tom Hanks’ character in the original film, who returns from World War II with a new determination to avenge his murdered father. His quest ultimately leads him to Frank Nitti, whom he is urged to kill on the orders of Al Capone. The second sequel will follow Sullivan’s continued plight.
Collins’ IMDB resume primarily consists of some small films, and writing credits on a few high-profile television shows. Road to Purgatory will be dedicated to Paul Newman.
The Capone era is unquestionably the most interesting in the realm of modern crime, with a sprawl of tangled loyalties and political connections. Any book, film, or television show that continues to mine this period for material is already starting off at an interesting place and has the potential to be enthralling. Whether or not these follow-up films will live up to that, or even to the first Mendes film, remains to be seen.
Discuss: Would you look forward to a Road to Perdition sequel? What are your thoughts on the first film?