How Movies Improve Comics: Part 2

Today's thoughts might seem trivial, but hear me out. I'm trying to point out that sometimes movie makers actually improve on the original, classic design of superheroes and those changes sometimes become incorporated into the comics themselves.

The prime example of this, and the movie I referred to in my last post was Spider-Man (2002). The change that director Sam Raimi made that I thought was brilliant was making Peter Parker's web shooters organic instead of mechanical.

I know this change was fodder for arguments among fans when the movie came out, but I think it's worth revisiting. This might be blasphemy to traditionalists, but I believe the movie's organic webshooters are a vast improvement over Stan Lee's original concept. Frankly, I wish Marvel would go ahead and admit this was a change for the better, and make the comic book Spidey's shooters organic.

Another great example of the movies improving on a characters look or design is Batman Begins(2005). The filmmakers greatly enhanced the rationale for the Batsuit by converting it into a high tech military grade combat suit instead of just spandex and latex. Now, I know the comic book Bats has had countless variations on the original costume over the years, but I'm referring to the original design and rationale for the costume.

So, if anyone asks me which I prefer, the film version or comic book version of superheroes, I would say sometimes, just sometimes, the movie version is an improvement on the the creator's original vision of the character.