Posted Oct 17, 2010 in Arts | 0 Comments

The Comics Pimp – Hollywood Loves Comics

It’s easy to see that for the last decade, Hollywood has had a torrid love affair with comics. A large percentage of the successful films have had a connection to comics and it seems that this relationship will continue unabated into the next decade.

After conquering the big screen, comics are returning to TV. The show with the biggest hype for the coming season has got to be the Walking Dead, which I’ve already reviewed in comic form. If you haven’t checked out the comic, shame on you, but if you’re interested in the show, you should peruse YouTube for clips and previews. Robert Kirkman, the creator, is clearly elated that his show has made it big, and who can blame him? As long as it doesn’t distract him from writing the continuing story of the Walking Dead, I’m all for it.

Check out this YouTube clip, which finds Kirkman on the set, along with a few shots of zombie extras.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxmyavdNj1g

There’s also a trailer for the show, which gives you a glimpse at some of the casting choices. Andrew Lincoln plays the main character, Rick. He certainly looks the part, but I’ll reserve my judgment until after I view the first episode, which, not coincidentally, premieres Halloween on AMC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDN1g1BrQH0

One show headed into season 2 is the Human Target. The character has a long comics history, dating back to the 1970s. Most recently, the Human Target has found a home with DC’s adult comics imprint, Vertigo Comics. It’s about a guy who infiltrates his clients’ lives so he can protect them from their would-be-killers. It’s a perfect premise for a show. Though The Human Target probably won’t win a slew of Emmys, it’s fun, action-oriented television, and it stars former soap star Mark Valley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EBvQpcQgsc

Standing as the longest running comics-to-screen series currently on the air, Smallville has had a loyal following since the first episode aired. The original premise of the show was to follow the adventures of a young Clark Kent in Smallville (his hometown). The show has since featured other DC heroes and locales such as Aquaman, Green Arrow, the Justice Society, and Metropolis. The show is not always successful at portraying various aspects of the Superman legacy. It does, however, remind the viewer that despite being blessed with great powers, Clark is imbued with strong values because of the influence of his adoptive parents, the Kents. For a preview of the final season, check out this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgswsbZbdfM

Though comics are making it to the small screen, it’s not the first time. Does anyone remember the Hulk, Wonder Woman, and the Flash shows? They’re all available on DVD.

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