1- Road To Perdition.
Fucking yes! Believe it or not, the gangster-drama featuring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Daniel Craig — directed by Sam Mendes.
Is in fact based off a comic book series, namely the “Perdition Saga” published by DC Comics; Penned by Max Allan Collins and Illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner
2- A History of Violence.
Who doesn’t love the splendid portrayal of Aragorn by the quirky crow loving Viggo Mortensen; who possible could even be a crow portraying a human being in real life?
Little did we know, J.R.R. Tolkien isn’t the only writer whose work has gone on to be portrayed by Viggo Mortensen.
In fact — his mysteriously deceiving character in A History Violence directed by David Cronenberg is an adaptation of the eponymous graphic novel written by John Wagner and Illustrated by Vince Locke.
3- My Friend Dahmer.
The chilling portrayal of undoubtedly one of the most notorious Serial Killer’s of all time, Jeffrey Dahmer; visualised in the film directed by Marc Meyers, is based off the Angoulême Prize winning graphic novel by Jeffrey Dahmer’s teenage friend John “Derf” Backderf.
If the breath-taking visuals weren’t obvious enough, adding a layer of critical acclaim to the Bong Joon-Ho directed science-fiction thriller; featuring character chameleons Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt is based off of a French post-apocalyptic Graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” written by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
5- 300 (Duh!)
The film that your boyfriend won’t stop obsessing over, and your gym buddies won’t stop comparing their buff bodies to is of course an adaptation of the Comic Series by the legendary Frank Miller and partner Lynn Varley.
Hence, Mr. Maher if you’d done your research you’ll find that it’s not just “Kids” that are inspired by Comic Books, and it’s not just “Superhero” movies that result from what you like to call “books with pictures”.
“I don’t read comic books. I didn’t even read them when I was a child. What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb f-cking culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.” — Bill Maher said on Larry King.
Maher, buddy, If you wish to expand your intellect, I do recommend that it’s appropriate for an individual as enlightened as yourself; that you start with colouring-books before you delve into the sophisticated world of Comic Books and Graphic Novels — since it requires more than a few brain cells to rub together to regurgitate anything other than the regular verbal vomit you’re accustomed to.
Hugs and Kisses, Bill Maher — I sincerely hope that some day, you can use your imagination for more than just mocking creative individuals.