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Comics for Film, Games, and Animation by Tyler Weaver

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CHAPTER 25

The Modern Age Adaptation

From Burton to The Dark Knight

After the success of Superman: The Movie in 1978 and Superman II in 1980, the Superman film series became … lacking. 1983’s Superman III brought comedian Richard Pryor into the mix (and revived one of the Red Kryptonite stories), but Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, was the final nail in the Superman film series coffin. It was a bleak time for comic adaptations, just one year after The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen took the comic book and mainstream worlds by storm.

Comic book adaptations have been alternately defined by Superman and Batman. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was the animated Fleischer Superman shorts and The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves. In the ...

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