With summer blockbuster season ramping up, the Kindle
editors are taking a moment to recognize the literary characters whose
day-saving antics have proved prime material for movies. There’s the Caped Crusader, of course. But what about other
heroes who made the leap from the printed page to film? We’ve rounded up five
Superman Clark Kent is back in the
spotlight with the impending Man of Steel
movie -- the latest in a string of big screen adaptations. How will the dashing journalist fend off menacing Kryptonians in this one? We'll find out when the film releases June 14.
The Watchmen Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Watchmen chips at the armor of the shiny superhero. The gang here is afflicted by everyday flaws and live in a society that shrugs at their existence, even though their earlier actions have a profound impact on world affairs. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s work was adapted for film in 2009.
Hellboy Mike Mignola also challenges the concept of the traditional superhero.
Mignola’s titular character is a behemoth demon summoned from Hell to aid the Nazis. His
intentions are anything but evil, however, and he’s got a good sense of humor too.
Batman Perhaps no comics character has seen more silver screen
action than the Caped Crusader. That's no suprise considering billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego have been literary figures for more than seven decades.
Spider-Man Hollywood has also taken to nerdy Peter Parker: A trilogy dedicated to his skyscraper-flying character concluded in 2007, only to have another reboot ramp up last year. Long before either came the Marvel Comics series co-created by the legendary Stan Lee.
Who is your favorite book-to-big-screen character?