I am not surprised to find out that the movie adaptation of the Losers did not do well this weekend. It came in at number four in its debut, according to Box Office Mojo. Now I was a fan of the comic but when I saw the tailer I thought the movie looked like junk and from the reviews I have read it looks like it was indeed a poor adaptation.
This is coming off the previous weekend where Kick Ass fell well below expectations. This lead to Rich Johnston wondering in a post if comics based movies are going to go into a downturn of sorts. I would assume meaning that Hollywood would loose interest in comics. I don’t believe that will happen and I’m sure Iron Man 2 will do very well and change that tune.
What I find most interesting in all this is the diversity of the comics being made into movies right now. The average person would not know or care that the Losers was a comic. It probably just looked a rip off to the A-Team to most. The upcoming Jonah Hex movie will just be seen as a western to the average person. Scott Pilgrim will just look like a quirky indy film and so on. While it is too bad many of these non super hero movies based on comics are not doing well, it is still a very welcome site to see them being made. To put it a better way, it is nice to have genre based diversity.
As for the Losers, book one of the collected version on Amazon is not that much more then a movie ticket. I recommend picking that up instead of seeing that movie or any junky movie for that matter. It’s just a good comic. On a trivia note for the longest time I was under the impression that the Losers was creator owned book like most in the Vertigo line but it’s actually a complete remake of a old DC war comic. So DC flat out own the Losers, which would explain why it was not under the Vertigo banner when it was originally coming out in the monthlies. It’s under the Vertigo banner now but that is likely to do with marketing, since someone who likes 100 Bullets, the Unknown Soldier, and so on would also like the Losers.