May 31, 2006
10 Directors That Know How To Make Comic Book Movies
I, much like everyone else was disappointed in X-Men 3 - The Last Stand. If this was the first instead of the third in the series you could've just written it off as a bad movie. But since there were two great movies before it we have to look at what changed from the past two to this and everything eventually leads back to the director change from Bryan Singer to Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). I don't think Ratner did as much damage as Joel "Nipple Armor" Schumacher did to the Batman series but I hope they find another director for the next X-Men movie.
A director plays both roles of comic writer and comic book artist. While he may hire a scribe, the final decision is his when it comes to cutting a film. He must also see to it that the story is at once faithful to comic book readers even while remaining fresh for new audiences.
10. Bryan Singer
9. Sam Raimi
8. Christopher Nolan
7. M. Night Shyamalan
6. Robert Rodriguez
5. Terry Zwigoff
4. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini
3. David Cronenberg
2. Tim Burton
1. Quentin Tarantino
For the most part I agree with this list but I think it's completely out of order. I'd also like to add Alex Proyas (The Crow and Dark City), who for some reason isn't on the list. I'd probably replace Sam Raimi or Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini. Raimi is responsible for the Spiderman series but I can't help but think he basically had the X-Men as a manual on how to make a comic book movie. It would be interesting to see how Spiderman would've turned out if it had been made before Singer's X-Men. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini who did American Splendor is a tough choice to include in the list because it was an autobiographical look at Harvey Pekar but the comic American Splendar is just exactly that.
Posted by hypnobee at May 31, 2006 12:41 PM
That's a great list, but it does little to remove the bad taste from Ratboy's cinematic abortion ... It's great to see Terry Zwigoff on the list, even though "Art School Confidential" was pretty awful too, in my opinion
Posted by: Keith Demko at May 31, 2006 5:33 PM