Hollywood has been the center of the movie industry for nearly one hundred years, and in that time thousands of movies have been released; many that are highly successful and critically acclaimed, and many more that are not. The problem though, is that 21st century Hollywood, and the movie industry as a whole, has seemingly run out of original ideas that make a lot of money. This is why for the past fifteen years, moviegoers have seen numerous reboots and sequels to past successful film franchises, as well as an influx of screen adaptations based off of hugely popular and well known book series, comic books, mythology, and video games.
The movies which make up Marvel’s cinematic universe, the Lord of The Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and unfortunately the Twilight saga, are examples of adaptations done well. All those movies mentioned ended up being very successful and profitable, and a big reason for that is because they stayed very faithful to the source material they were based on. The same however cannot be said about most other movie adaptations that, despite sometimes turning a profit, might have been more successful and better received had they not messed with their source material. Here is a list of 10 movies that butchered their source material.
10 I Am Legend
This movie shares very little similarities with the book it was adapted from. For starters, the infection in the movie transforms humanity into zombie-like mutants with enhanced speed and strength and seemingly minimal intelligence; in the book, the infection turns them into vampires with personality who are capable of speech and thought.
9 The Legend of Hercules
This movie screws up its source material from the very beginning. It starts with Hercules’ mother, Queen Alcmene, praying to Hera for guidance regarding her warmonger husband; Hera answers by allowing Zeus to impregnate her with a savior who would be named Hercules.
The problem is that according to Greek mythology, Hercules is the byproduct of a one-night affair between Zeus and Alcmene, a byproduct that Hera hates. Later on in the movie, Hercules fights and kills a lion and allows his brother to take credit for it; in mythology, Hercules only kills one lion of importance, but only later on in life as the first part of a series of trials to gain acceptance after accidentally killing his wife and children.
Doom is an adaptation of the first-person shooter video game franchise of the same name. The plot of the game was simple: a portal to hell opens up on Mars and demons along with the undead come pouring out of it, and it’s up to a single space-marine to kill them all. When the movie was released in 2005, fans of the games expected to see the same non-stop gory action that made the games so popular; but that’s not the movie Hollywood made.
7 Dragonball Evolution
There are so many differences between this movie and its manga inspiration that there’s only time to mention some of the biggest ones. Goku is supposed to be a free-spirited and kind-hearted child with a tail in the manga; in the movie he is a gloomy teenager with no tail trying to become popular. The Mai character in the movie serves the villain Piccolo, can transform into other people, and later dies; none of that is true in the manga. In the movie, the Oozaru is a separate character that Goku transforms into who helped Piccolo attack Earth prior to the events of the movie. In the manga, Goku and the Oozaru are the same person, and he has no prior affiliation to Piccolo. The manga’s Oozaru can only be stopped by Goku getting his tail cut off, whereas in the movie, Goku gets talked out of the transformation.
5 World War Z
3 Batman and Robin
This movie nails Mr. Freeze’s backstory from the comics; the problem though, is that the movie changed his character from the dark, complex, and tragic villain seen in the comics, to one that had a joking attitude, with slight sociopathic tendencies.
2 Attack On Titan
This movie is a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series of the same name. The story goes like this: what’s left of humanity now lives behind a series of enormous walls which protect them from the gigantic humanoid monsters known as titans; one day the titans break through one of the walls and humanity has to fight back.
1 The Last Airbender
This movie was based off of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and unlike other movies on this list, many fans of the source material refused to even watch it. The original series and movie are both about a boy named Aang who becomes the Avatar, a being who can manipulate the elements of earth, air, water, and fire simultaneously. Aang flees from his newfound responsibilities and traps himself inside an iceberg for 100 years; when he gets free, he makes new friends and sets out to learn how to control his abilities in order to stop the Lord of the Fire Nation from taking over the world.
The series is filled with Asian culture, and the main characters are all Asian; the movie though miscasts everyone as either white or Middle-Eastern. The movie is ultimately based solely on the first chapter of the series which consists of 20 half-hour episodes, which means the movie needed to condense nearly ten hours worth of story into just under two. This led to multiple characters and storylines being removed from the story, characters and storylines that became integral for Aang’s story later on in the series.
Sources: <span style="font-weight: 400;">wikipedia.org, </span><a href="http://kotaku.com/the-first-attack-on-titan-movie-stinks-1721708870"><span style="font-weight: 400;">kotaku.com</span></a>
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