JOE's favourite comic book movie adaptations 8 years ago

JOE's favourite comic book movie adaptations

To mark the release of R.I.P.D. this week, JOE picks our favourite film adaptations of comic books.

R.I.P.D. is a supernatural comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, RED) and is based on the Dark Horse Entertainment comic book, Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov. Starring JOE favourites Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as two undead police officers, R.I.P.D. is scheduled for release on September 20 2013.



Avengers Assemble (2012)

Joss Whedon’s brilliant addition to the comic-book film canon is based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Marvel series, The Avengers. The film was undoubtedly one of the best of 2012 and is funny, frenetic and fantastic, seeing everyone’s favourite superhero pals team up to take down “puny God” Loki and his hordes of alien followers.

Check out Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and the gooseberry of the group, Hawkeye, in full-on funtime action:

Superman (1978)

Riding on the wave of goodwill following the sci-fi success of 1977’s Star Wars, director Richard Donner was hired to adapt DC Comics’ most well-known comic book superhero, Superman.


Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster in 1933, Superman has since become an American cultural icon and, in 1978, Christopher Reeves starred as Kal-El and his mild mannered alter-ego Clark Kent in what was essentially the first ever comic book movie. To this day, the original remains one of the greatest.

Goosebumps at the ready everyone:

The Dark Knight (2008)

Although Tim Burton’s 1990 adaptation of DC Comics’ and Bob Kane’s Batman was excellent, it really is hard to top the middle installment of Christopher Nolan’s inspired series reboot, primarily due to the fact that there was thankfully not a nipple-ified Batsuit in sight.


Starring Christian Bale as the titular hero, The Dark Knight was a masterclass in filmmaking and owed so much to its perfect villain, Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Why so serious?

X-Men 2 (2003)


After entertaining audiences with the very enjoyable X-Men in 2000, director Bryan Singer went one better with his super sequel three years later. Adapting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Marvel Comics creation, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and his team of mutant superheroes battled with the evil Magneto (Ian McKellan) in a bid to protect both human and mutantkind.

One of JOE’s favourite mutant additions was Alan Cummings’ Nightcrawler, who starred in one of the best ever scenes in any comic book adaptation – the film’s opening attack on the White House:

Oldboy (2003)


Based on the Japanese Manga of the same name by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, Oldboy is an incredible tale of betrayal and revenge that is unfortunately now being given the Hollywood 'unnecessary remake' treatment. Instead of watching that inevitable guff when it comes out though, treat yourself to the hammer-wielding, live-octopus-eating madness of Park Chan-wook’s Korean original.

Now this is the proper way to do DIY:

R.I.P.D. is scheduled for release in Irish cinemas on September 20 2013.