One of the best things about the DC Animated Original Movies is that they often serve as direct adaptations of classic comic book stories, frequently with only minimal changes to edit out the often confusing backstory in order to make it stand alone. And it’s not just the movies; the TV shows often make a point of adapting popular comic stories as well! I’ve always wanted to experience the adaptations of DC’s classic stories side-by-side with their inspirations, and now I have the perfect vehicle to do it!
In the tradition of the several Book Clubs and Watch-Alongs fostered by this community, I’d like to announce the first installment of the Comic/Adaptation Club!!! Every session, I will assign a comics story that has been directly adapted to a film or television episode to be read over two weeks, at which point we will all watch the adaptation together! Also, every Season of this club will have a different theme, like Frank Miller adaptations, Teen Titans, or BTAS episodes!
For instance, this season’s theme is the New 52 and the DC Animated Movies Universe. The DCAMU began with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox in 2013, which appropriately adapted the “Flashpoint” storyline that began DC’s New 52 two years earlier. Over the next two weeks, anyone who wants to join this club will read the original comic book story of Flashpoint and then watch the film adaptation together on Saturday, May 4th (exact time TBD). We can discuss things like why changes were made, what shouldn’t have been left out, and how the adaptation compares to the original overall.
I’m open to suggestions on how to proceed from here. Should we read the tie-ins and build-up to Flashpoint (and other adapted event stories) as well as the main series? Should I assign issues to be read over the two weeks, or assign the story in installments every other day? Do we discuss the comic as we read it, or mostly focus out discussions upon the movie? What time of day should we watch the movie?
Over the next few days, I’ll be watching this thread for answers to these questions, as well as any others that you may have. And then on Saturday, I’ll set down a specific time for the reading and watching portions of this club.
I hope you all are as excited about this idea as I am! Hope to see you soon!