Hollywood is full of examples of the fine business of turning a comic book character into a movie and it has proven to be lucrative for both industries. Famous comic characters have inspired even low-budget movies and TV shows, though not as financially successful as mainstream.
The main difference between a Hollywood comic hero flick and and indie one are usually the famous stars, among others.
TV and comic characters have been in love for quite a while. Classic old-time series were always about a comic hero which would then hit mainstream – despite the primitive special effects! Actually, it was the radio which massively brought the comic hero into every American home.
Time goes by, and special effects made headway too. It took some ingenuity from technicians to make heroes fly, or have other superpowers. Devices such as massive rocks made of paper, harnesses and wire to make actors fly were all intended to entertain us and they comply, indeed.
Hollywood foresaw in this primitive, new-born industry of special effects a moneymaking business. It wasn’t until 1978 when Hollywood was astounded at the profits from this new business. Of course, the comic book sector got aware of that too, and although three more sequels were released, none of them engrossed as much as the first one.
1989 was the year of Batman’s release which was an immediate blockbuster. The Joker was magnificently played by Jack Nicholson, who was the first actor ever to get a percentage of the revenues.
Batman had its sequels ,too, and every one surpassed the previous one talking about special effects. It had come the time when comic book characters had become familiar names: Spiderman, The Hulk and the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, among others.