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Beyond Batman and Catwoman: Comic books that deserve to be turned into movies

In recent years, the comic-book movie has really taken off. In part that’s due to ever-better special effects that make it easier to make a fantastical world look real. But there’s also more willingness to treat these stories with the seriousness they deserve — that is, it’s still escapist pop entertainment about guys who shoot lasers out of their eyes, but it’s no longer doomed to the dungeon of dreadful camp.

Casting is always crucial in any film adaptation, but especially so with comics. You need actors who can bring the character to life without moving too far from the established face and personality readers already know. Tobey Maguire, for instance, is just about the best Spider-Man one could hope for. Ron Perlman is an equally inspired choice for the title character in “Hellboy,” which came out at the beginning of April. This summer, we’ll see a new round of comic-based movies, led by “Spider-Man 2” on June 30 (this time taking on villain Doctor Octopus), Halle Berry’s “Catwoman” on July 23 and “Alien vs. Predator” on August 13. But there’s plenty of other comics — superhero, indie or otherwise — that deserve a shot at the big screen. Here’s a few of our suggestions.

Originally published on April 28, 2004. Read the complete article.

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