Due to the success of X-Men, Spider-man, Iron Man and Batman there will be more and more comic book movies coming out. Just because a character wears a cool costume doesn’t mean they are fit for the movie screen though. There are many comic book characters that have movie adaptations being released that should just be skipped and a video game should be made instead. Not a crappy video game that goes along with the movie, but a full blown original video game.
Let’s start with the big one, Fantastic Four. Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis did a fine job as the Human Torch and the Thing and I doubt the new reboot will do any better. The Invisible Woman can be improved on with a better actor and the story can be improved with better writing but the part of the movie that Fantastic Four fans should be worried about is the villains. The first Fantastic Four series had three iconic FF figures, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer and Galactus, and failed miserably on all three. It’s time to give up on Fantastic Four at the theaters and make a great video game instead.
When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out in the theaters in the 1990’s I thought they did a pretty good job. Human-sized live action turtles are not easy to pull off and they did fine. Now the live action turtles are being made again and they are pressing their luck to expect to do it well again. A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game on the other hand would not be hard to pull off and there hasn’t been a good TMNT game in a while.
One of the better comic books of the last decade has been Y: The Last Man. Y: The Last Man could be good material for the screen but not as a movie. The story of Y: The Last Man is too long to condense to a movie length. The best fit for Y: The Last Man is a long running television series but a video game could be really good as well.
Another comic book getting the movie treatment is a horror comic called Locke and Key, which was written by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill. Have you seen any American horror films lately? Almost all of them are garbage. Video games on the other hand have improved enormously over the past decade in creepy and sometimes scary settings. I would take a Resident Evil-type scary game over an American horror film any day.
The one comic book I’d like to see as a video game the most is Daredevil. First of all, how has Daredevil never had a video game of his own other than the game based on the Ben Affleck movie? Second, Daredevil can implement a somewhat new video game concept. In addition to a gritty setting, some kick ass action and super villains, Daredevil can also provide gamers with a court room setting. The Phoenix Wright and Harvey Birdman games are really the only games to tackle being an attorney in a video game but a Daredevil game that is half attorney and half fighting criminals would be something completely new.