Comic Book Movies That Took Themselves Way Too Seriously  

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Put on your leather jacket and check out these comic book movies that took themselves way too seriously. Comic book movies are a big deal. We’re lucky enough to live in a time when all of our favorite characters have a pretty good chance to jump from the page to the big screen. This is mostly thanks to films like X-Men and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. But where those films succeeded, they also created a precedent for every comic book movie that followed. Suddenly, every comic book movie was dark and serious. We’ve put together a list of some of the worst offenders of this cliché.

Most of the modern movies that are based on graphic novels have a few things in common. They all have about ten extra gunfights in them and they’re all tinted blue. Now we don’t know why that is, but we guess somewhere along the way “blue tint” became a visual representation of everything that is serious. So cover your smartphone or computer with a blue filter and proceed to read this collection of comic book adaptations that are too serious for their own good.

Vote up the comic book movies that you wish had been more fun and less crushingly serious. If you think we missed the point of these gritty comic book adaptations, let us know with your votes.
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Jonah Hex is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Comic Book Movies That Took Themselves Way Too Seriously
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Everything about Jonah Hex seems like it would make for the perfect midnight movie. It's a post Civil War science fiction western in which people have mystical powers and machine guns. But the film forgets to have any fun, burying itself in MacGuffins and plot mechanics instead. Just try to watch this movie and explain the plot in one sentence. Seriously, give it a shot in the comments. You can't do it.

Even with so many great actors (Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett), and a stone cold (Megan) Fox, Jonah Hex buckles under the weight of it's own plot. By adding an extra layer of grit to the film with the Malkovich's murderous character, Hex becomes way too dark to actually be any fun whatsoever.

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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Comic Book Movies That Took Themselves Way Too Seriously
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Following Sam Raimi's mostly triumphant run on the Spider-Man franchise, the series opted to reboot and not only skew younger, but go much darker. A few news outlets focused on Gwen Stacy's death as one of the many ways that the series was attempting to seem grittier, but we all know that's a part of Spidey's backstory, and if you're going to tell an origin story you might as well tell it right. Our biggest complaint with the darkening of The Amazing Spider-Man was the addition of the storyline about Peter's father as a rogue OsCorp scientist who's assassinated while trying to stop his boss from taking part in shady bioengineering projects. 

The reason Spider-Man is one of the most beloved superheroes isn't because his dad was also James Bond. We love Spider-Man because he represents the every day guy and gal. Giving him an origin that essentially turns him into a tougher, moodier version of Johnny Quest erases everything that we liked about him in the first place. 

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When A Dame To Kill For was announced, surprise was the natural reaction. By 2014, the Sin City, green screen film craze had passed, like Furby's and the Macarena before it. The first movie in the Sin City franchise found a way to replicate the gritty noir of the comics, and the sequel tried to do a whole lot more of what worked the first time . 

By getting rid of the over the top comedy that made the first film work, A Dame to Kill For became a smudgy, black and white mess that didn't translate to the big screen. 

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Surrogates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Comic Book Movies That Took Themselves Way Too Seriously
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Robert Venditti's five-issue comic series was serious but fun, asking questions about the relation of man and technology, the adaptation starring Bruce Willis is happy to just bludgeon robots with their own arms. We're usually okay with robot violence, but it all seemed superfluous in Surrogates

Surrogates could have been a robot action romp or a dramatic, interesting film about our reliance on technology and how far we're willing to take our obsession with online avatars. Instead, it was shoot 'em up that amounted to a third rate I, Robot, without a sense of fun or a brain in its head.

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