Initially, the interest provoked by comic book’s was met with some scepticism as it had over the years become unfairly associated with the stereotypes of the nerd and geek. The ground breaking work of Frank Miller (Sin City, Batman Year One), Alan Moore (From Hell, V for Vendetta) and Stan Lee (The Hulk, Spiderman) radically revised audience perceptions of the comic book, signalling a Hollywood obsession that would only begin to take shape in the 90s. DC Comics and Marvel continue to be the most popular of the comic book publishers, having been responsible for a slew of contemporary adaptations, the most successful being Batman, Spiderman and X Men.
Admittedly, the difficulties posed by adapting novels and comic books are a challenge to script writers and remaining faithful to the original source material has become a virtual battleground and a constant source of disagreement and sorrow. Comic book’s have a world-wide audience of fans and the development of the internet has empowered a generation of comic book fans to use their network of websites to influence the production process of current and forthcoming comic book adaptations. Unlike the horror film and other popular genres, the comic book film is very much in it’s infancy and looks set to become a dominant genre in the future.