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    I am doing a college research paper on the artistic liberties filmmakers take with comic book adaptations and the resulting ramifications those deviations can have on the ongoing already-in-print comic title. For example, Bryan SingerÆs ôX-Menö did away with the ostentatiously colored spandex costumes (found in the comics) in favor of slick, black, more-practical, leather apparel and soon after (almost coinciding with the filmÆs release, I believe) Marvel Comics made the decision to alter the X men costumes in the comic world to be of a similarly less gaudy nature. Another example would be the radical departure the comic book, The Mask, took upon the release of the family friendly Jim Carey film adaptation. The once fairly graphic comic concerning a down on his luck sap who enacted his vengeance against the world through acts of abject brutality (usually attended by a flippant sardonic quip), was denatured into an kooky harmless birthday clown more inclined to brandish some variation of rubber balloon animal than say, what normally otherwise wouldÆve been an oozy or an M16. To replicate the movieÆs play-it-safe approach the comic makers took away the characterÆs once-present edge, hoping to siphon fans from the successful & innocuous (albeit profitable) Carey movie over to the comics.
    -What IÆd like to hear from you guys is any other specific citing of cases where the comic film adaption had a direct effect (for better or worse) on the comic series of which you were following. Did recent comic2film adaptions such as Spiderman, The Punisher, Electra, Daredevil, Hulk etc. in any way have any discernible qualitative effect on the already in-progress monthly comic series? For example, did they dumb down the series by divesting itself from any continuing, overlapping plot lines that would possibly be too inaccessible to the influx of newbie fans whoÆve been draw in by the movie? Or did they in any way model themselves after the movie (such as the X-Men costume example)?
    In short, has there ever been a time when the advent of a movie adaption of a fav. comic ended up in someway altering the in-print series?
    Thanks guys,
    Hans Peters

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    If I am not mistaken, I believe that the plotline in Superman 2 spawned an arc in the comics that was very similar. It could be the other way around, but it seems like the movie came first. They also did the story on the animated Superman series.

    The Batman films had little or no effect on the comics. Maybe in the costume, but nothing plotwise. Joker didn't suddenly get the name Jack Napier, Catwoman didn't become a woman with nine lives and Batgirl didn't go from being Gordon's daughter to Alfred's niece.
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