In a time which is dominated by one superhero film after another, it’s hard to believe that there actually still plenty of great graphic novels which haven’t been adapted for big screen or TV. In no order of importance, here we are with five graphic novels that deserve their own film or TV series adaptation.
1. Batman: The Long Halloween
What it’s about: This 12-issue long maxi-series written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by none other than Tim Sale sees the Dark Knight Detective going back to his roots by solving murders that fall upon significant holidays in each month of the year.
Why it should be a movie: From iconic villains like the Joker to C-list foils like Calendar Man, this yarn has no shortage when it comes to the Caped Crusader’s Rogues gallery. More importantly, though, haven’t we had enough of Batman beating the crap out of bad guys? I for one think it’s time we bring him back to his pulp roots, solving crimes instead of punching them in the face.
2. Daredevil: End of Days
What it’s about: Serving as a sort of closing arc to Brian Michael Bendis’ memorable run on the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil: End of Days presents readers with the end of Matt Murdock’s career as the horned vigilante. Equal parts thriller and drama, this is perhaps one of the most heartfelt superhero comics to have come out in the last decade.
Why it should be a movie: If nothing else, the way Daredevil: End of Days’ plot is told makes it potentially one of the most unique superhero movies out there. No, I won’t tell you all about it; go get your own copy and marvel (pun unintended) at it. I cannot recommend this miniseries more.
3. Pride of Baghdad
What it’s about: Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon provide us with one of the most realistic depictions of the effects of war in this graphic novel by Vertigo Comics. Oh, and did I mention it has a family of lions as its main characters? Well, there you go.
Why it should be a movie: Up to this day, mainstream animated features have been more or less focused on family-friendly content. That could all change with Pride of Baghdad, though, where I can just imagine a CGI – or better yet, a traditionally animated style that emulates Henrichon’s style – movie that could make even the stoniest members of the audience weep.
What it’s about: Ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde? Now, imagine if Bonnie was an inflatable sex doll and Clyde was a mentally unstable murderer. Alright, so what if a certain mob boss’ son decides to steal this latex Bonnie? Image Comics’ Plastic is what happens.
Why it should be a movie: Sure, the whole lovers-on-the-run trope has been overplayed at this point, but I’ll be damned if I said I didn’t want something like Plastic to be turned into a movie. Blood, explosions, hilarity: this comic has it all.
5. Black Kiss I
What it’s about: Howard Chaykin’sinfmous graphic novel about sex, drugs, and violence centers around what happens when a smack-addicted Jazz man, crooked cops, a transsexual escort and just a dash of heresy cross paths with one another. That’s all I’ll say about that.
Why it should be a movie: With its outrageous plot and even more outrageous characters, Black Kiss is the kind of comic that just begs for a big screen treatment. To even become closer to the spirit of the comic, this could even be done in black and white a la Sin City.