5 Comic Characters That Need to Be CGI Comments - Mania.com


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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 9/30/2009 11:54:37 AM

I think people are being too hard on CGI.  There has been some great and awful uses for it both how they look and how other characters act and react with it.  The things is that people are forgetting is that it is relatively new thing.  I'm look how long it took make-up effects to get to where they are now.  Hell, how long it took to get from The Wolfman to American Werewolf in London.  Not saying that The Wolfman was anything to balk at but look how long it took to make the difference between the two.  That was at least forty years.  It's going to get better.  We're still going to have our SyFy dreck but sometimes we'll also get our wonderfully done Lord of the Rings' stuff.  And then everything inbetween like both Hulks - Hulk and The Incredible Hulk; in that order.

As for The Maxx.  I picture The Maxx being way bigger than The Hulk.  So, now that they have the technology I was just thinking Maxx should be CGI, that's all.

Back in the day, though, before CGI I always thought what would be awesome is a cartoon Maxx running around the real world because he was whatherface's imagination and then when they went to his world she was a real girl runnng around an animated world.  Sort of Roger Rabbit style.  But now that I remember thinkng that - I think that maybe Maxx is a project - a live action/animated project - that would be perfect for Pixar.  Or if Jim Henson studios did it - have him be a puppet or whatnot but still in the real world - and when they flip over she'll be in a puppet world.  But wasn't there another Sheena the She-Devil character running around his world, too.   I think Jessica Biel should be her - I just want to see her run around in loin cloths or Jordanna Brewster (what happened to her?).  But if we were going to stay true to the world of puppets and keep the Sheena like person a puppet we could always  beef up Paris Hilton.  No need to make any more puppets than we have to.

JoeArtistWriter 9/30/2009 12:18:35 PM

Great piece Chad. Glad to see you included the Thing. The FF movies aren't great, but they are entertaining... there's certainly worse superhero movies out there. It bugged me before the movie was released when I found out Chiklis would only agree to doing it if he wasn't CGI. The movie would have been 10 percent better if it didn't look like HR Puffenstuff could have given Ben Grimm a fair fight.

As for Grodd, I am not a fan of Burton's Planet of the Apes, but I thought the makeup worked fine, so it wouldn't be terrible to not see Grodd in CGI.

Always like your stuff.

Matador 9/30/2009 12:33:05 PM

Dude what are you talking about Paris is a puppet didn't you see that hand up her ass making her talk on ETV? 

As for Grodd, look what they did with King Kong sure the entire movie sucked but at least Kong fighting 2 T-Rex's was the only highlight of the movie and was CGI.

Or not in a negative way but Michael Clark Duncan is a big ass dude that could use his voice and wear a big hairy ape suit to play Grodd.

Either suit or CGI Grodd can easliy be played out but his origin is a bit hokey.

thorin02 9/30/2009 1:53:50 PM

Wasn't Micheal Duncan Clarke one of the apes in Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes?

SONYMANswallows 9/30/2009 3:32:22 PM

I think the way I spelled your name is better so live with it. Weak attempt at mocking me though but Palin clone does as Palin does.


You have no idea about what makes great characters look good. And these are not opinions they are facts Derbowski.


MODOK as the Avengers villain? Do you want a CGI Joel Schimacher yo direct it? Or are you afraid of glue fumes to make props cause you were brainwashed by a D.A.R.E. ad as a kid?


It was not not all of Michael Clark Duncan, just his sack.

SONYMANswallows 9/30/2009 3:35:28 PM

Awwe people are being to hard on CGI. boo hoo hoo.

Use hands to do more than type.

avidfan 9/30/2009 6:07:33 PM

Bring back Swamp Thing but not a jolly green giant hulk. 

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animefanjared 9/30/2009 8:08:09 PM

This is such a tricky subject. There a good and poor examples of both live-action prosthetics and CGI.

I agree with other posters, the trick seems to be a combination of the two. It really helps sell the illusion when some of the elements are real, because no matter how well it is rendered you can pretty much always tell when something is CG because of the way it is animated. It is either too stiff or too fluid, hardly anyone seems to be able to get the right balance. And motion capture ends to look worse, IMHO.

Really, we should just let WETA do the special effects for every movie. Because I think Gollum and the Ents from Lord of the Rings are the most convincing CGI characters ever put on the big screen. Gollum in particular actually carried a large portion of screentime in those films.

And I agree about Gorilla Grodd being kind of ridiculous, even in a 2D forum.  But he won't ever make in onscreen.  Can you imagine the general public (not just comic book fans) taking a talking, megalomaniacal gorilla seriously?  I sure can't.

kalel 10/1/2009 4:22:19 AM

I think it would be cool if they CGI Lizard and made him look like the Gorn in Enterprise.

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