I’ve always been a bookworm. And comics are no different. The amount of tinkles, champaks, children digests, amar chitra kathas and raj comics that I ploughed through ecstatically when I was a kid is ginormous.
I was a fan of Nagraj, super commando Dhruv and Parmanu, Indian versions of Spidey/Supes, Robin and Atom(duh), and used to spend loads of loose change on renting them from the local comic waala.
I was insulated from the western comics due to the fact I grew up in Uttar Pradesh, and dc/marvel were really hard to come by. That changed as I grew up, and now I read more comics than ever. And not just limited to the popular series. I check out anything and everything worth reading into, like hellblazer, kickass, scott pilgrim, hellboy, spawn, sandman etc.
At the same time, Naruto was coming up in popularity, so I decided to check out what a “manga” is, and before I knew it, I was getting sucked in deep without any chance, or will, to back out. Most of us have heard about DragonBall Z, which I found originated from a manga series by Akira Toriyama. Then it was bleach, one piece(all time fav), berserk, breaker, noblesse…the list is ever growing.
But what most of us “otaku”s wanted, the ultimate dream, was to see these characters come alive in a well-scripted, tight and non-campy movie/series, the first of which were definitely Batman begins and Iron man (although there were already a few outstanding comic based movies like Constantine and Hellboy, they were too few and far in between). Thanks to the overwhelming response it got, our dreams began to turn real.
Arrow, a live action series based on DC comics’ Green Arrow, is doing fabulously, and is so successful that a new series for The Flash, another DC heavyweight, is being developed as I write this.
Check out the list of upcoming comicbook movies:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Amazing Spiderman 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-men: Days of Future Past
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Fantastic Four reboot
And the Man of Steel sequel, which will put DC on the path to an eventual Justice League movie.
Also, an Indian movie based on Doga (Indian version of the Punisher) is also in the works, directed by Anurag Kashyap, one of my favourite directors in Bollywood.
I’ve already done my share of geeking out, just waiting for these guys to feed my addiction. Some people might dismiss it as immature, but there’s no denying that comic book movies and series are doing better than anyone ever envisioned, and no one can ignore them. Their success has sparked interest from the general populace, and more of my friends are getting into it by the day. There’s a multitude of movies that I haven’t mentioned here, but if I get started, I’ll never finish this post. Also, I have to get back to demolishing this week’s quota of graphic novels. Have fun checking out the trailers of the above mentioned names.