Comic Con, that glorious mecca/paradise/haven for all the misfit geeks of the world is well underway. And it hasn't disappointed. Every year witnesses a significant growth in the turn-out to the mega-event, and every year nudges this subculture into worldwide prominence.
The communal gathering at San Diego is where all previously embarrassing nerds can gather in a warmly inclusive environment as they celebrate the only thing that drives them.
So this year, let's share our favourite comic-book movies, the movies that take the leap of imagination and make you care about characters that aren't really human, but have more heart than most 'real' people we know.
It should be noted, however, that we will be sticking to mostly mainstream films here. Films like Ghost World, Akira or Road to Perdition are some of the greatest ever made, and quite frankly, deserve a separate story.
Till then, here is our list of the best comic-book movies.
Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov ramps up the style as the action leaps off the screen in slow-mo glory. The amazing cast which includes Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman is outstanding in this violent, hyper-kinetic and darkly humourous adaptation of the Mark Millar comic.
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The behind-the scenes drama slightly overshadowed the brilliance of this film. A taut, Die Hard homage with a career-best performance by Karl Urban, Dredd was destined to become a cult classic. This is a movie than gleefully embraces the profane, brutal and violent dystopia of the comics it's based on.
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Director Robert Rodriguez's filmography is perhaps one of the most eclectic ever (Takashi Miike has him beat only because of the sheer size of his). Rodriguez's adherence to Frank Miller's seminal originals is so evident in every frame that we forget just what a wonderful movie it actually is. Beneath all the film-noir stylizations, this film has a beating heart and deeply flawed characters.
Director Matthew Vaughn is now famous for his comic-book adaptations that frequently thread a fine line between exploitation and devotion, but his adaptation of Mark Millar's truly shocking book was unexpected. It works just as well as a coming of age tale as it does a graphic story of madness in meta world.