CM Podcast 287 – Man-Thing (Movie 2005)

I continue celebrating my birth month with comic related items that I don’t think Jon would be interested in reviewing, and to be honest, I didn’t have much interest in this week’s item but I did have fun reviewing it…

Man-Thing: The Movie

The purpose of this podcast is to help promote comics and other items like movies and shows that are related to the comic industry and that are fun to read and watch. This week, I am making an exception.

Man-Thing: The Movie is bad. Really. It is a terrible film and should never been release or even made. If it’s so bad, why am I talking about it? Well, it is a perfect example of how Hollywood gets its mitts on a comic property and instead of taking some time to read the backstory of the character and incorporating that history into the movie, they decide to make a typical Hollywood movie that is a comic book movie in name only.

Movies like The Shadow, The Phantom, the 80s Captain America movie and the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe and Punisher movie are all prime examples of how Hollywood got comic book movies wrong.

Look at the designs of Man-Thing. Here is a comparison of the comic versus the movie creature:

On the left is what the comic version is supposed to look like. The picture on the right looks more like Swamp Thing than Man-Thing. Also, the movie has Man-Thing have these jittery tendrils. Do you see any tendrils in the picture on the left? Not really. Maybe the things on his face but that is it. The movie has him loaded with tendrils. So much so, that you may mistake him for Cthulhu.

Here is the end scene of the movie. It shows how wrong the movie got the design of Man-Thing and also sums up the entire plot in 2 minutes…

Even though this movie is a hot mess. I have a good time going over the history of the character, talking about the terrible acting and throwing out ideas for good Man-Thing projects for the future.

Thanks for listening,

Jim

Comic Misremembered Podcast 287

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