Movies based on comic books that may surprise you
by aprill brandon
Nov. 8, 2010 at 5:08 a.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
"Road to Perdition" (2002)
Based on the book by Max Alan Collins, the movie features Tom Hanks as a hit man who finds a heart.
Starring Bruce Willis and a bunch of other Hollywood heavy-hitters as a group of assassins who come out of retirement; the movie is based on a comic book mini-series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
"Art School Confidential" (2006)
Based on the comic by Daniel Clowes, the movie stars Max Minghella as a disillusioned art school student who is dealing with the hypocrisy of the art world and a serial killer loose on campus.
"From Hell" (2001)
Based on the book by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, the movie starred Johnny Depp and explored the true identity and motives of Jack the Ripper.
"American Splendor" (2003)
Based on the book by Harvey Pekar, the movie, which stars Paul Giamatti as the main character, blends real life and the comic, which is an autobiographical account of Pekar's life.
"Tank Girl" (1995)
Based on the British cult comic strip by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, the movie stars Lori Petty as the butt-kicking, quirky heroine.
"A History of Violence" (2005)
Based on the book by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen (of "Lord of the Rings" fame) as a mild-mannered family guy thrust into a world of violence.
"Howard the Duck" (1986)
Seriously. This box office disaster about an alien duck (who is disturbingly randy) was based on a comic book by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.
"The Mask" (1994)
Before Jim Carrey made a name for himself in the "smooookin'" lead role of this movie, "The Mask" was actually a comic book by John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke that started in 1989.
"Ghost World" (2001)
Based on the book by Daniel Clowes, the movie stars a young Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch as a pair of social outsiders who just graduated high school.
"Men in Black" (1997)
Created and written by Lowell Cunningham, the "Men in Black" comic was published in 1990 and 1991 before it was turned into the blockbuster movie starring Will Smith.
"Alien vs. Predator" (2004)
Also known as AVP, the comics are part of the crossover franchise originated and published by Dark Horse Comics.
"V for Vendetta" (2006)
Based on the comic by David Lloyd and Alan Moore, the movie stars Natalie Portman as a woman who gets involved with an anarchist revolutionary dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask.