Think comic book films, and the two giants of the genre, DC and Marvel, spring to mind. There’s no denying that both DC and Marvel have produced spectacular films based on their flagship characters over the last decade, however, many terrific non-DC or Marvel related comic book films have fallen under the radar.
Here are three non-DC or Marvel related comic book films (that are as good or possibly even better) that you should totally check out:
1. Sin City (2005)
Based on Frank Miller’s 1991 graphic novel of the same name, Sin City is the embodiment of a comic book come to life. Shot primarily in black-and-white, this Robert Rodriguez directed film fully embraces its comic book counterpart’s unique visual aesthetic which amplifies its neo-noir driven narrative to great effect. Coupled with a story written by the legendary comic book writer Frank Miller, Sin City is a distinctive piece of comic book cinema that stands-out from your typical action-packed superhero summer blockbuster.
2. Dredd (2012)
This criminally underrated film is Hollywood’s second attempt at adapting the iconic Judge Dredd on the silver screen and it’s definitely a step up from the character’s previous campy incarnation back in 1995. Ruthless and violent, Dredd proves that adult-oriented comic book movies could work on the big screen if done right and does so in spectacular fashion without compromising the over-the-top nature of its source material through its hard-R rating. Bonus points for casting Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Considered to be the gold standard of comic book adaptations, every frame in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World feels like flipping through an actual comic book. Through director Edgar Wright’s signature fast-paced editing and visually unique style, this film might be the most accurate translation from comic book page to screen ever. With an abundance of comic book films in today’s catalogue, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is definitely an adaptation worthy of your time.