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death noticebased on one of the greatest anime shows of all time is getting a sequel, the writer says death note 2 will get more out of the source material. Given how popular the series is, fans were disappointed when the film adaptation wasn’t faithful to the show, but the writer listened to criticism and will rectify that with the sequel.

That’s a move that Redditors wish many other studios should take notice of, since so many films give away the source material and they usually bombard the box office, being critically panned and angering fans of the properties. Whether they’re based on comics, novels, or video games, the writers of these films should have delved deeper into the source material.

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Birds of Prey (2020)


Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey

birds of prey is actually one of the top-rated DCEU films on Rotten Tomatoes, as critics enjoyed the film much more than the usual DC outing. But that could be because they didn’t know the source material that well, as the film wasn’t nearly as well received by fans. Professional-Rip-519 rhetorically asks, “Did the filmmakers read any of the comics at all, because the film and the comics are in no way similar except for the character names?”

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The anti-hero team in the film includes Renee Montoya and Cassandra, and while they are DC Comics characters, they have nothing to do with Birds of Prey. The only actual comic book members in the film are Huntress and Black Canary, and they are the two least explored characters.


World War Z (2013)


Hirasmas claims so World War Z is not faithful to the book on which it is based, arguing: “The World War Z Film is absolutely nothing like the novel. The movie is just a zombie action movie that tells the story of Brad Pitt.” The movie, while entertaining, is a formulaic and linear story with a protagonist trying to survive a zombie outbreak.

The novel is far more interesting and more like an anthology of various stories about many characters’ personal accounts of the disaster. However, a film like this would have been much more difficult to market, even though it could have been much better with an ensemble cast. How David Fincher Almost Directed World War Z 2it would most likely have been more faithful to the source material, and it’s a shame it’s stuck in development hell.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)


Rodney Skinner Drinking Scotch - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Redditor Thcidiot references the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as the adaptation that deviates the most from the source material. The film is based on Alan Moore’s comic book of the same name, which brings together several public domain characters with supernatural abilities.

The Redditor says, “I really loved this movie. I read the comics many, many years later and it was a night and day difference. Now I want an R-Rated League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The graphic novel is extremely dark and comes much closer to that Guardian than in any family-friendly superhero team film the film adaptation tries to be. The reception of the material in 2003 was so disappointing that it even forced Sean Connery to retire.


X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


Deadpool in X-Men Origins Wolverine

User DVDJunky points to X-Men Origins: Wolverine as one of the biggest mistakes 20th Century Fox ever made, noting “I’m just glad Ryan Reynolds was able to do the standalone films.” The Redditor refers to the way Deadpool’s mouth was sewn shut in the movie, so he wasn’t able to do any of his crude and vulgar one-liners, which is exactly what the mouthed mercenary in the comics is for is known.

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But while no studio head or actor involved wants to draw attention to the biggest flaw in the franchise, the new Dead Pool The series hilariously references and satirizes the decision to sew up Wade’s mouth. And the two Dead Pool Movies as a whole have more than redeemed that X-Men Series for the way it ruined the character origins. Now, instead of being angry at the film like they were in 2009, fans are laughing at the film and it’s actually fun to watch because of it.


The Dark Tower (2017)


Based on a series of novels by Steven King, The Dark Tower should have been an epic western fantasy and the start of a long-running film series, but it ended up being a complete waste of potential. BrokenPedley is particularly heartbroken at how the 2017 film deviated from the source material.

The Redditor notes: “The Dark Tower The movie is a train wreck compared to the book, they did very, very little right if anything. The casting was fine, the story was really different in the worst way.” The 2017 release took so many liberties with the source material that the film enraged people. The result was a disjointed collection of moments from all five books, rather than just adapting to book one and growing from there.

I Am Legend (2007)


I'm recording legend Will Smith Neville

It seems Hollywood obviously has trouble faithfully adapting zombie/vampire apocalypse novels. It’s either that, or the studios just use the property’s name to help market the type of movie they want. Poorloko apparently thinks it’s the latter and complains about it I am Legend ruins the book.

The Redditor explains, “Why did they keep the title if they were going to miss the point on purpose?” The user refers to the book as being about how the vampires become afraid of Robert Neville, the last man alive to have. He has become a legend as vampires were to humans. But the film overlooks all of that subtext in favor of a mediocre action flick.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)


John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins in Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is notorious for being the first-ever major video game film, and the genre has seemingly never recovered since. This user comments on how different the dark movie is from the colorful and vibrant video game. But funnily enough, the Redditor doesn’t mind the lack of respect for the source material.

The user shared, “Love this movie. Just a strange fever dream. Absolutely nothing to do with it Mario just borrowed the names of things.” The film strangely has more in common with Bladerunner and Total recall than the source material, given that strippers and sexual content were included in the original cut. But against all odds, the film has actually become a cult hit.


The Shining (1980)


Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrence in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining.

Revealing the source material is usually a huge taboo and generally leads to poor reviews and poor box office performance. However, The glow is one of the prime examples of the filmmaker deviating from the source material that works. Tbrou16 explains that the film is completely different from the novel, but adds: “But obviously it ended well.”

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The 1980 horror is more of a Stanley Kubrick film than a Stephen King film, and that might be why the author hates the film. But as great as Kubrick’s film is, it would still be great to see a proper adaptation of the source material, and fans of the book definitely felt crushed when they first saw it in 1980.

Unknown (2022)


Tom Holland in Uncharted

Redditor LuinChance accuses the newly released Unexplored to reveal his source material. The Redditor hilariously blames studio heads, writing, “The studio heads at Sony are absolute manic idiots.” To be fair, the film’s development was rambling and stuck for years in development hell with seven different directors on the project . So it’s hardly surprising that the result comes across as botched and welded together.

Unexplored pulls from all four video games in the series to create a bizarre Greatest Hits-esque film. The film shows all the great sequences and levels of the games, but it doesn’t make sense as they all take place at different times in Drake’s life. And it makes even less sense considering Drake is much younger in the film than in the games, which was another criticism from fans.

Driving (2011)


Ryan Gosling in drive

Many fans may not know this journey is based on a novel as the film takes full advantage of its format. Between the stirring synthwave, the stylish cinematography, and the dialogue-light narration, it doesn’t really feel like it’s straight out of a novel. But that’s because, as BobGoddamnSaget explains, the film is completely different from the source material.

The Redditor comments, “Standard and Driver have a longstanding friendship and there is no evidence of a romance between Driver and Irene. Irene (Irina in the novel) actually dies after about two-thirds.” In the film, the relationship between Irene and Driver is so prominent journey could easily be called a romance.


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