Comic fanatics weigh in on current superhero culture

Superheroes are a part of classic pop culture. There is not one person who doesn’t know who Superman is.

We’re living in an era where comic book and graphic novel adaptations are on the rise. Anyone who’s been following the Marvel Universe Phase One franchise of movies knows this. Did you know The Walking Dead was a graphic novel before it was a TV show?

Sixteen respondents of a Survey Monkey quiz resulted in these top picks for the following comic book related categories:


1. Are you a DC Comics or Marvel fan?

Fifty percent of people said they were fans of both, seven respondents said Marvel, and only one voted solely for DC. It’s curious because back in the 1940s and early ‘50s, Superman was a household name. The line, “It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Superman!”  came from a radio show called “The Adventures of Superman.” Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Donner wrote an article back in 2011, stating, “No one will ever play Superman the way Christopher Reeve did.”

It’s interesting to think you’re more likely to see people wearing Superman and Batman t-shirts as compared to a Captain America one. Could the Marvel movies be the reason they are more popular comic book universe now?


2. Best Screen Adaptation

[15 out of 16 respondents]

Six respondents said the Marvel movies were the best screen adaptation. Coming in close in second place, five voted for the Christopher Nolan Batman series. No one voted for “Man of Steel,” and the Tobey Maguire era of “Spider-Man” and the “X-Men” franchise each got two votes.

If no one voted for “Man of Steel,” does this mean its sequel “Superman vs. Batman” isn’t going to be popular either? Rotten Tomatoes only gave the film three stars.


3. Favorite superhero

[15 out of 16 respondents]

Batman, Flash, Xavier, Spiderman, Wolverine, Iron Man, Deadpool, Thor and Wonder Woman were the superheroes people came up with to this open-ended question.

Though Marvel prevails in most of the previous questions, DC hero Batman had six votes. Spider-Man was the runner up with two votes, and all other heroes had a fan base of one.


4. Best villain

[15 out of 16 respondents]

The Joker took the cake with this one with 80 percent of the vote. One person was a fan of Thor’s estranged brother Loki, and two favored “X-Men”’s Magneto. No one acknowledged “Spider-Man”’s Doc Ock or “Superman”’s Lex Luther.

Heath Ledger’s dark portrayal of the Joker in the 2008 film “The Dark Knight” will still send chills down your spine. Kim Ledger, his father, recently participated in a German documentary called “Too Young to Die,” sharing excerpts the diary his son kept during production.

“Well, I warned him,” previous Joker actor Jack Nicholson said about the role.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Heath Ledger talked about how scary the role really was. “I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices – it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh,” he said. “I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath – someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts.”

There’s a reason the Joker will probably always be the best villain for those who experienced his performance. The standing ovation at the Academy Awards when he won best supporting actor is proof of that.


5. Favorite graphic novel

[15 out of 16 respondents]

I was surprised to learn that “The Walking Dead” was originally a graphic novel. Nine voted for it of the 16 respondents.

Four voted for “300,” and one for “Watchmen.” In the “other” category one voted for “Road to Perdition,” which was adapted into a movie with Tom Hanks in 2002.


6.  What star do you want to be a superhero next?

Whether or not people voted for Ryan Gosling in hopes of him being shirtless at some point, or for Emma Watson because they miss her since Harry Potter, this was a fun category.

Six said Ryan; five want Emma; two voted for The Other Hemsworth (Liam), and one for Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes” fame.

Gabriel Macht, known for “Suits,” and Taylor Kitsch, the heartthrob in the film “Savages,” were the two actors named in the “other” category.


7. Moment of truth: Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

Maybe we should let Harvey Dent flip a coin. Everyone is 50-50 on this debate.


There you have it — your top picks for all things comic books.

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