Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Richard Boom0
The best BABE-movies based on comics!
I use BABE in the most philogynistic fashion possible, but it just is hard to come up with a catchy title, right?! The content of this post however was very easy. I love movies and I love comic books and I adore strong, female characters so I am here to show you comic-based movies with a female lead, even some which you might never have thought off before and now might check out, both on the screen as well as the paper version!
Sometimes these movies can be hit and miss, like visiting a casino but sometimes you will find that perfect gem and it will feel like Vegas in Summer!
Without further waiting I want to present to you a listing in chronological order even. My cherry-picks so to speak!
Comic book: Red Sonja: The She-Devil With A Sword (1973-present)
Film: Red Sonja (Richard Fleischer, 1985)
Originally Red Sonja appeared in the comic-series/magazine-formatted Conan The Barbarian, and after a few seasons via publisher Marvel Comics she was put on hiatus. But when publisher Dynamite Entertainment took the rights to this character a few years ago, the comic has been nothing but monthly, with many crossovers (Tarzan, Spider-man…) and even steampunk-series.
On screen Brigitte Nielsen played the scarlet heroine, with husband Arnold Schwarzenegger (who had 2 succesful movies as Conan himself) as Lord Kalidor. Schwarzenegger called it “the worst film I have ever made.” and we will leave the comment here to simmer on into eternity…
Hopefully the 2019 movie will get to set new standards.
Comic book: Barb Wire (1994-1998)
Film: Barb Wire (David Hogan, 1996)
And there was Pamela Anderson… the blonde that made it bigtime via the TV-series Baywatch (she even was a cool cameo in the 2017 reboot) and then made herself even bigger in breast-size, who was the lead actrice in Barb Wire. The plot of both the comic and the film is very loosely inspired by the 1942 classic “Casablanca” with Anderson replacing Humphrey Bogart as a nightclub owner – this time in 2017, during a second American Civil War. In all fairness, Pamela is a far more buxom in presence than Bogart, and wears a lot more leather, boots and corsets.
2017 also marked a new comic book series, so do get that as well as the omnibus reprinting all the out-of-print comics!
Comic book: Wanted (Mark Millar, 2003-2005)
Film: Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov, 2008)
I love that lady, that lady, that lady! The lady FOX was played by Angelina Jolie who seemed at her peak, as the member of the Assassin’s League who got its hits dictated by a weaving instrument, shedding thread by thread.
The comic had some amazing extra features, aside the overgrown amount of violence and gore which seems Mark Millar has a trademark on, besides being one of the best writers out there! The comic had cloned superhero’s, a villain made of shit and the intensity to boot!
A new movie is planned! Review on C4S
Comic book: Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1962-present), with a new horror-title aimed at MR coming out since 2017.
Film: Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996, TV movie), Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998, TV movie), Sabrina, Down Under (1999, TV movie), Sabrina: Friends Forever (2002, animated TV movie) and do not forget the new 2018 Netflix-series based on the new MR-comic book series!
Sabrina first appeared in Archie Comics in 1962, and has had a long list of incarnations since then, including a manga version in 2004. Her original scantily-clad appearance was toned down for the film and TV-series, but the jokes still were abundant.
Recently Sabrina was the talk of the town with a new reboot, set in a more horror-setting as well as more Mature Readers oriented. Not only Sabrina (dark witchcraft) but also Jughead (werewolf), Veronica (vampiress) and the cast of Archie (zombies) are re-imagined in these new comic book series. Look for them under the Archie Horror imprint!
Comic book: Whiteout (Lieber & Rucka; 1998)
Film: Whiteout (Dominic Sena, 2009)
Steve Lieber and Greg Rucka’s original four-issue comic book series made inspired use of white space on the page, much like Frank Miller in Sin City and 300 and more, and Whiteout was successful enough to spawn various sequels. Kate Beckinsale tried to make the movie as interesting but sadly it only lived for one incarnation. Somehow the nitty and gritty did not translate well enough, this time round.
Comic book: Barbarella (1962-1964, 2018)
Film: Barbarella (Roger Vadim, 1968)
We add some scandal, some absurd eroticism and a loose story about a semi-feminine persona. And it went on to become a classic!
Recently a new 6-issue comic book series about Barbarella going to space came into stores, via publisher Dynamite Entertainment.
Comic book: The Coldest City (Antony Johnston, 2012)
Film: Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 2017)
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action thriller spy film based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The film is directed by David Leitch, in his first solo directorial credit, and it is written by Kurt Johnstad. The film’s cast includes Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.
A sequel is currently in development. (source Vanityfair)
Comic book: Josie and the Pussycats (1963-1982, 2016-)
Film: Josie and the Pussycats (Harry Elfont, 2001)
Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 Canadian-American musical comedy film and is loosely based upon the Archie comic of the same name as well as the Hanna-Barbera cartoon. The film is about a young all-female band that signs a record contract with a major record label, only to discover that the company does not have the musicians’ best interests at heart. The film stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, and Rosario Dawson as the Pussycats, with Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, and Gabriel Mann in supporting roles.
The movie was not bad actually. GO out there and get it!
Comic book: Painkiller Jane (Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada; 1996-1999, 2006-2008, 2013-2014)
Film: Painkiller Jane (2005, 2019)
Painkiller Jane is a television film based on the comic book character of the same name. It was first broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel on December 10, 2005. The 2-hour film stars Emmanuelle Vaugier as the titular heroine. The film differs significantly from the story of the comic book character.
The movie was a backdoor pilot for a possible television series, which was eventually approved. The Painkiller Jane TV series appears to be a “reboot” of the TV-movie, discarding the film’s backstory and starting anew. It starred Kristanna Loken as the title character for one season of 22 episodes.
The comic about the bi-sexual, hard-hitting, drug-riddled, yet indestructable (super healing powers) undercover-agent Jane Vasko, with her 22 Brides group of female vigilantes has been a hit. Never a miss. With crossovers with Tucci’s SHI, Vampirella, The Terminator, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Randy Queen’s Darkchylde, Punisher, and Top Cow’s The Darkness as well as 6 mini-series this is a classic everybody needs to read!
The TV-movie, the comic book series and the TV-series all share the same basic edgy Vasko but all have also many differences. Enjoy each version! And I personally cannot wait for the new 2019 movie!
2019 and 2020 will be the scene for new female character-driven movies like Captain Marvel, Dark Phoenix, Wonder Woman 1984, Rob Liefeld’s Avengelyne, Birds of Prey, Black Widow, Danger Girl, Darkchylde, Mark Millar’s Empress, Valiant Comics’ FAITH, Gotham City Sirens, Hack/Slash, Harley Quinn (all hail Margot Robbie), Mark Millar’s Hit-Girl, Lumberjanes, Laura (aka X-23 you have seen before in Hugh Jackman’s Logan), Witchblade!!
It is good to be a fan, read comics and go to the movies!