Gizmodo Movie Night: Not Those Kind Of Comic Book Movies

Gizmodo Movie Night: Not Those Kind Of Comic Book Movies

This week’s inspiration comes from the rising popularity of Riverdale over on Netflix. Loosely based on the old school Archie comics, it’s been given a bit a dark and murderous twist that seems to be resonating with modern audiences nicely.

Not all comic book movies are about latex clad superheroes. If you’re looking for something a bit different, you might like these.

And before anyone asks why I didn’t include the likes of V For Vendetta, Tank Girl Or Dredd — it’s because they’ve already featured recently. Enjoy!


The Crow

Still one of my favourite graphic novel adaptations of all time. It’s dark, gritty and offers satisfying retribution. It’s also the film that took Brandon Lee from us, so don’t forget to pour out a libation during viewing.

Stan: Eric Draven was a rock guitarist who, along with his fiancée, was brutally killed by a gang of criminals. One year after his death, Eric returns, to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of thugs, who must answer for their crimes.

Watch it now on Stan.

Josie and the Pussycats

This is definitely a guilty pleasure flick for those of us of a certain age. Remembered when Rachael Leigh Cook was still a thing?

Also, the Pussycats hail from the Archie universe and make an appearance in Riverdale too, so I had to do it.

Stan: In this movie, based on the 1970`s animated television series, the Pussycats find themselves being used by a tyrannical record company mogul, to brainwash America’s youth in a plot to take over the world.

Watch it now on Stan.


An occult detective story where God and Satan bet on people’s souls because they’re dicks? Yes please.

Stan: A man who sees demons helps a policewoman probe her sister’s death.

Watch it now on Stan.

Art School Confidential

The lesser known Daniel Clowes adaptation that you probably haven’t heard of. If you’re not sure who this is, think Ghost World.

Stan: A satirical look at the cult of celebrity in the story of a cop who goes undercover as an art student and gains critical acclaim for his work.

Watch it now on Stan.

Lupin the Third

Based on an anime that’s based on a manga that’s based on a character from an early 20th century serial magazine. Phew, that’s a lot of throwback! It’s ridiculous, over the top and awesome.

Stan: The grandson of a legendary gentleman burglar assembles a team of thieves to steal a Cleopatran necklace from two parties – an ally-turned-rival, and an underworld tycoon.

Watch it now on Stan.



Since I was already going on about it.

Netflix: While navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family, teen Archie and his gang become entangled in a dark Riverdale mystery.

Watch it now on Netflix.

From Hell

Alan Moore and Jack the Ripper together makes me happier than it should. I am not a healthy person.

Netflix: An inspector who relies on drug-addled visions to do his work investigates a complex conspiracy involving the systematic murder of prostitutes.

Watch it now on Netflix.


Frank Miller and historical fiction also make me happy. I could say this would be his last appearance on this list, but that would be a lie.

Netflix: In 480 B.C., Spartan King Leonidas leads his small band of 300 soldiers against an army of more than 1 million during the Battle of Thermopylae.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Sin City


Netflix: In these intertwined tales, an ex-con avenges a hooker’s death, a gumshoe gets mixed up with dangerous vixens, and a cop saves a dancer from a rapist.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Chasing Amy

It may not be an adaptation, but it is a movie that revolves around comics. It also gives birth to Bluntman and Chronic, the fictional alter egos of Jay and Silent Bon which continue to exist within View Askewniverse. In fact, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back focus on them.

Netflix: Comic book artist Holden meets the perfect woman, only to learn that she’s a lesbian. But that doesn’t stop him from falling in love with her.

Watch it now on Netflix.

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