Did You Know They Made Mark Miller’s Wanted Into a Movie?

So I was over at Apple trailers watching stuff. I stop by there every few months and just watch about 20 trailers, and then I’m pretty much good for another few months. So I saw one for a movie called “Wanted” and I was thinking “no way this is the comic book ‘Wanted’…” But it was! The dialogue is straight out of issue one, and yeah, basically they made a movie out of it. Wow. I mean I know they’ve got a few things like Batman, Iron Man, Shazam, Justice League and even Y: The Last Man. But I WAS surprised they decided to go with a book that’s not a major character, or with Mark Miller-who I didn’t really think of had any connection to Hollywood. I’d be curious as hell to hear how this came about.

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Anyway I was over at IMDB, and here’s a bunch of stuff I wrote on the comment board. I actually don’t need to brief you, you can kind of pick up what the discussion was about…

I don’t think the original guy (Lunar) was comparing Wanted to Clockwork. I think he was talking about the conversion from page to screen-in particular challenging subject matter. Wanted the, comic book, is pretty far out there in terms of it’s grittiness. And for it’s time-hell for THIS time-Clockwork is pretty out there. So the question then comes up for Hollywood; how true do we want to be to the original? Do we REALLY want to show all the stuff from the source material? Usually they’ve chosen not to, because their goal is to angle toward lowest common denominator to sell more tickets. They like the ideas coming from book or comic book writers, but they want to make changes to soften for various demographics. I’m not happy they pulled the whole super powered element out of Wanted either-but I think I understand why they did it.

And that’s the problem I see with virtually every comic book-to-movie conversion; basically they’re like 20-30 years behind (in terms of how “hard” today’s comic book level of grit/brutality have gotten). But I also see the issue from the movie makers position; if they make a movie that’s too “tough” it’s pretty much in the indie arena, but big movie studies don’t DO indie movies by their very definition. Not to mention the special effects needed for a comic book themed movie need big dollars, so really only studios can do comic book type movies. Have you seen the trailer at Apple for will smith’s OTHER comic book movie, Hancock? Like Wanted it has lots and lots of Matrixy type effects (by the way the Matrix guys were comic book store owners here in Chicago, then comic book writers before they did the movies).

And that brings up another point; all this stuff is going to look Matrixy because that’s how the action has looked in comic books for the last 20 years. Anybody who’s a comic book reader was probably not totally surprised by the movement and effects in the Matrix.

And Lunar I don’t think Miller set out to write some groundbreaking work like Clockwork or intended to sell it as a movie a few years later. I think he just liked Watchmen and decided to do a variation on it for current readers.

So I was over at Apple trailers watching stuff. I stop by there every few months and just watch about 20 trailers, and then I’m pretty much good for another few months. So I saw one for a movie called “Wanted” and I was thinking “no way this is the comic book ‘Wanted’…” But it was! The dialogue is straight out of issue one, and yeah, basically they made a movie out of it. Wow. I mean I know they’ve got a few things like Batman, Iron Man, Shazam, Justice League and even Y: The Last Man. But I WAS surprised they decided to go with a book that’s not a major character, or with a writer who’s not really got a tight history with Hollywood. I’d be curious as hell to hear how this came about.