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In this presentation created for middle high school students, I outline the evolution of comic book to film adaptations moving away from the comedy and camp of earlier works (the Batman TV series, Schumacher's Batman installments) towards the naturalistic worlds and politically charged atmospheres in works from the mid-00s on (Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy and Snyder's Watchmen)- approaches which are generally considered to be more representative of the original source materials. I propose to students that this is a result of the primary author and creative team on a comic book film project using such an adaptation to reflect and explore contemporary cultural/political conditions and social issues in the film's themes and execution.
This presentation was commissioned by the English Faculty of Brisbane Water Secondary College Middle School Campus in 2008, back before I studied Producing, Screen Business and Screen Culture at AFTRS and put my acquired knowledge and skills into practice across multiple projects. With the presentation now being over five years old, reviewing it recently has made me want to revisit this topic, utilise my new knowledge and update the material to reflect the current landscape of comic book to film adaptations and the blockbuster landscape in general.
i.e. Marvel's Phase One approach to world building and franchise integration (Nick Fury's role) and the juggernaut success The Avengers experienced as a result, inclusion of Man of Steel, the rise of the Hunger Games franchise and other YA novel adaptations; replace Quantum of Solace with Skyfall; replace declining franchises like Die Hard, Terminator, Indiana Jones and Bourne with more relevant content; use my since acquired producing and film industry knowledge to expand on the practices available for studios to modernise their comic book properties and the associated financial incentives; include video examples and generally update the theory for a more sophisticated, critical, digitally native teenage audience.
I hope to bring you the 2.0 version of this presentation soon. If you have any comments or suggestions for things you'd like to see in a new version, please don't hesitate to message or contact me otherwise. You can find links to my social media presences on this page. Thanks for viewing!