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25th Mar '16 3:48:37 AM JulianLapostat
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** Creator/RichardDonner's original Film/SupermanTheMovie and its sequel, Film/SupermanII remain the main template for live-action adaptations to the extent that recent Superman movies like Creator/BryanSinger's Film/SupermanReturns and Film/ManOfSteel still use the same familiar tropes and characteristics from these movies with Singer using the first two movies (made in TheSeventies) as continuity. For instance, Superman's RoguesGallery in movies can be restricted to Luthor and Zod, and it took Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice to introduce a new member of Superman's RoguesGallery: Doomsday, who was himself a deformed clone of [[spoiler:General Zod's body]]. There have been talks of bringing in Brainiac, Mxyzsptlk, Bizarro, Toyman, Parasite among many others into the movie continuity but the first two Donner movies remain the main reference point.
** This even extends to characterization. For instance Lex Luthor in the comics and the animated series is a genius inventor/criminal mastermind and CorruptCorporateExecutive. Despite appearing in five movies, played by three actors, we have yet to see Luthor invent any of the scientific contraptions, devices and superweapons his comics counterpart was known for.
20th Mar '16 5:32:13 PM comicwriter
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* Ever since ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' cast Creator/PhilMorris to play the Comicbook/MartianManhunter's "John Jones" identity, just about ever subsequent adaptation (such as ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'') has made the Manhunter's human form a black man.

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* Ever since ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' cast Creator/PhilMorris to play the Comicbook/MartianManhunter's "John Jones" identity, just about ever every subsequent adaptation (such as ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'') has made the Manhunter's human form a black man.
20th Mar '16 5:31:45 PM comicwriter
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* ComicBook/LexLuthor's [[BodyguardBabes bodyguard]] Mercy Graves from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' proved popular enough to not only become a CanonImmigrant, but has also been featured in a number of subsequent adaptations such as ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' ([[RaceLift albeit as an Asian]]) and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Even when Mercy herself doesn't appear, it's become pretty standard for Luthor to now have [[{{Expy}} a female bodyguard or assistant]] whenever he appears in an adaptation.

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* ComicBook/LexLuthor's [[BodyguardBabes bodyguard]] Mercy Graves from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' proved popular enough to not only become a CanonImmigrant, but has also been featured in a number of subsequent adaptations such as ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' ([[RaceLift albeit as an Asian]]) and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Even when Mercy herself doesn't appear, it's become pretty standard for Luthor to now have [[{{Expy}} a female bodyguard or assistant]] whenever he appears in an adaptation. In another example, ''The Batman'' {{Race Lift}}ed Mercy into an Asian woman, an idea that was later used in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
* Ever since ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' cast Creator/PhilMorris to play the Comicbook/MartianManhunter's "John Jones" identity, just about ever subsequent adaptation (such as ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'') has made the Manhunter's human form a black man.



* In the original comics, Cheshire doesn't wear a mask. The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series featured her briefly, but her appearance was quite memorable, and she wore a big grinning cat mask, its smile the last to fade when she was being stealthy. Since then, all her animated appearances (''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'') feature it.

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* In the original comics, Cheshire doesn't wear a mask. The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series featured her briefly, but her appearance was quite memorable, and she wore a big grinning cat mask, its smile the last to fade when she was being stealthy. Since then, all her animated appearances (''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'') ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'') feature it.
11th Mar '16 8:00:48 PM Seraphine
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* [[TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]] will invariably be portrayed as European in adaptations (usually French, as a result of confusing the character with the author) but he was an Indian prince in the books. Amusingly, Verne's first version of the character was a Polish nationalist that fought the Russians, but had to change it because of ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]France wanted to improve its relations with Russia as a counterpoint to Germany after the debacle of the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar[[/note]]. In the 1954 Disney film, the one that has inspired most the later iterations, Nemo's nationality is a mystery, but his claim of being an escapee of Rura Penthe ([[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry not that one]], but a fictional Russian penal colony mentioned in ''WarAndPeace'') makes him compatible with Verne's original 'Polish rebel' idea. ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' kept the Indian nationality, however, and received much undeserved flak as a result (not that the rest of the film doesn't deserve any, [[InNameOnly on the contrary]]). On the other hand, they depicted him as a Sikh but had a scene of him praying to Kali, a Hindu (not Sikh) goddess, so by all means, get mad.

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* [[TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]] will invariably be portrayed as European in adaptations (usually French, as a result of confusing the character with the author) but he was an Indian prince in the books. Amusingly, Verne's first version of the character was a Polish nationalist that fought the Russians, but had to change it because of ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]France wanted to improve its relations with Russia as a counterpoint to Germany after the debacle of the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar[[/note]]. In the 1954 Disney film, the one that has inspired most the later iterations, Nemo's nationality is a mystery, but his claim of being an escapee of Rura Penthe ([[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry not that one]], but a fictional Russian penal colony mentioned in ''WarAndPeace'') ''Literature/WarAndPeace'') makes him compatible with Verne's original 'Polish rebel' idea. ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' kept the Indian nationality, however, and received much undeserved flak as a result (not that the rest of the film doesn't deserve any, [[InNameOnly on the contrary]]). On the other hand, they depicted him as a Sikh but had a scene of him praying to Kali, a Hindu (not Sikh) goddess, so by all means, get mad.



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** Most modern adaptations of ''Literature./SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' tend to portray Snow White with short hair, in many cases also wavy. It is rare to find a version of the princess that doesn't draw inspiration from Disney's version in the portrayal of the titular character, like giving her long, straight hair or with a dress that isn't similar to the german-inspired gown that makes the character so iconic.

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** Most modern adaptations of ''Literature./SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' tend to portray Snow White with short hair, in many cases also wavy. It is rare to find a version of the princess that doesn't draw inspiration from Disney's version in the portrayal of the titular character, like giving her long, straight hair or with a dress that isn't similar to the german-inspired gown that makes the character so iconic.
1st Feb '16 4:41:38 PM hamza678
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** Most modern adaptations from ''FiryTails/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' tend to portray Snow White with short hair, in many cases also wavy. It is rare to find a version of the princess that doesn't draw inspiration from Disney's version in the portrayal of the titular character, like giving her long, straight hair or with a dress that isn't similar to the german-inspired gown that makes the character so iconic.

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** Most modern adaptations from ''FiryTails/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' of ''Literature./SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'' tend to portray Snow White with short hair, in many cases also wavy. It is rare to find a version of the princess that doesn't draw inspiration from Disney's version in the portrayal of the titular character, like giving her long, straight hair or with a dress that isn't similar to the german-inspired gown that makes the character so iconic.
18th Jan '16 12:31:42 PM SAMAS
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** Good luck finding anyone who knows that [[MissingMom Aladdin's mother is still alive]], [[CompositeCharacter the vizier and the sorcerer aren't the same person]] or [[SadlyMythtaken genies don't always live in lamps and grant exactly three wishes.]] Or that Aladdin was originally Chinese. Granted, it was Chinese InNameOnly. Notably averted in the British pantomime tradition.

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** Good luck finding anyone who knows that [[MissingMom Aladdin's mother is still alive]], [[CompositeCharacter the vizier and the sorcerer aren't the same person]] or [[SadlyMythtaken genies don't always live in lamps and grant exactly three wishes.]] wishes]](to say nothing of the fact that the one in the lamp is the ''second'' genie in the story.). Or that Aladdin was originally Chinese. Granted, it was Chinese InNameOnly. Notably averted in the British pantomime tradition.
14th Dec '15 7:28:32 AM VVK
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* Would you be surprised to know that Creator/VictorHugo's novel ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is not primarily a [[TokenRomance love story]] between the hunchback and the gypsy girl? Quasimodo ''is'' rather sweet on Esmeralda, and indeed dies in her tomb, but this is just one of several plots running through the story. The actual primary character of the book, as [[WordOfGod stated by the author]], is -- wait for it -- Notre Dame Cathedral itself, as the original French title ''Notre-Dame de Paris'' implies. Fans of the Disney version may be distressed to hear that Phoebus was a [[AdaptationalHeroism right bastard in the original]]. He actually turned up to watch Esmeralda hanged for his murder and didn't even think to say "Excuse me, Mr. Hangman, but I'm not dead."
14th Dec '15 7:25:11 AM VVK
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* Cthulhu is the most frequent ShoutOut to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, and even in LovecraftLite depictions is usually referred to as a god. However, in the original novels, Cthulhu, while a "Great Old One", is actually [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil only a few steps up from humans]] in the grand scheme of things. Cthulhu is actually nothing more than the high priest-king of an entire ''race'' of beings like himself, and most of his powers could be argued as stemming from his worship of the even-more-terrible Outer Gods, such as Azathoth and Shub-Niggurath and Yog-Sothoth.
14th Dec '15 7:23:35 AM VVK
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* Cthulhu is the most frequent ShoutOut to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, and even in LovecraftLite depictions is usually referred to as a god. However, in the original novels, Cthulhu, while a "Great Old One", is actually [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil only a few steps up from humans]] in the grand scheme of things. Cthulhu is actually nothing more than the high priest-king of an entire ''race'' of beings like himself, and most of his powers could be argued as stemming from his worship of the even-more-terrible Outer Gods, such as Azathoth and Shub-Niggurath and Yog-Sothoth. Justified, though, in that Cthulhu is the biggest EnsembleDarkhorse of Lovecraft's creatures, to the point that... well, they call it the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, don't they?

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* Cthulhu is the most frequent ShoutOut to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, and even in LovecraftLite depictions is usually referred to as a god. However, in the original novels, Cthulhu, while a "Great Old One", is actually [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil only a few steps up from humans]] in the grand scheme of things. Cthulhu is actually nothing more than the high priest-king of an entire ''race'' of beings like himself, and most of his powers could be argued as stemming from his worship of the even-more-terrible Outer Gods, such as Azathoth and Shub-Niggurath and Yog-Sothoth. Justified, though, in that Cthulhu is the biggest EnsembleDarkhorse of Lovecraft's creatures, to the point that... well, they call it the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, don't they?
14th Dec '15 7:18:08 AM VVK
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* Similar to the ''Godzilla/Jurassic Park'' example, Richard Chamberlain's two ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quatermain]]'' films played as more of an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' knock-off than an adaptation of Creator/HRiderHaggard's novels-odd in that Allan Quatermain serves as partial inspiration for Indiana Jones. They moved Quatermain up to World War I so he could have a Second Reich opponent and showed him using a whip. A 1986 animated version also inserted a German foe.
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