Euan2000 on Dec 20th 2013 at 3:03:12 AM
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Euan2000 on May 19th 2018 at 6:39:57 PM
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The great thing about a Fantasy Kitchen Sink setting is that you can introduce crazy new powers and foes at the drop of a hat. This however can make adaptions tricky, especially to exposition unfriendly formats like movies. What happens then is that the character stays but their fantastical elements are either toned down or removed. For example a Vampire would be downgraded to a serial killer who has a thing for drinking blood.
- One of the manga adaptations of Simoun (an anime about magical airplanes) transplants its character dramas to the modern day Japan setting, with the female leads (elite priestess-pilots in the original) becoming Office Ladies and similar mundane professions.
- In Pokémon Red and Blue Bill accidentally turns himself into a Pokemon using a machine. In the Pokémon anime he instead was stuck in a Pokemon costume. This change might come to bite them if they adapt Pokémon Sun and Moon accurately. When Lillie leaves for Kanto with her mother she mentions wanting to visit Bill due to his experience with Pokemon fusion.
- Jem and the Holograms downplays the more wackier aspects of the characters and series. For example, in the Jem cartoon The Misfits routinely did things that should end up with them in jail or with various restraining orders however rarely got their just desserts. In the comic their Jerk Ass natures are on a more realistic level where they don't crash parties and disrupt the peace on an episodic basis. The characters hair colors are also implied to be dyed rather than natural. The comics tone down the more cartoony aspects of the cartoon and give the characters more realistic depth.
- Age of Bronze adapts The Illiad by removing most divine intervention (there is no mention of the Apple of Discord):
- Many people referred to as children of gods are actually priests of that god.
- Where Cassandra's gift of unbelieved prophecy was the result of refusing the god Apollo's advances, here she was raped as a child by a pedophile who told her no one would believe her.
- Heracles was a roving warlord whose strength and charisma was such that he ended up revered by a god by his own men, and later killed by his wife.
- Chiron, originally a centaur, is now a big hairy Mountain Man.
- The story of Iphigenia being rescued at the last minute by Artemis was invented out of whole cloth by Odysseus to try to comfort her mother.
Film — Animation
- In the original Peanuts strips the Kite Eating tree was literal. In the The Peanuts Movie, it was just a tree that Charlie Brown lost a lot of kites to.
- Downplayed in Batman: Under the Red Hood. Jason Todd's resurrection isn't due to reality resetting but with the life granting Lazarus Pits that have been in the Batman Mythos for some time.
Film — Live Action
- Zig-Zagged in the Super Mario Bros. movie. Koopa (Bowser) is no longer a giant dragon-turtle thing but a human from an alternate universe that evolved from a T-Rex. Basically it trades whimsy for dino-punk.
- Dragon Ball Evolution. Goku is an average high school teenager rather than a kid raised in the woods and most of the cast, notably the dwarf Krillin, were left out. This is one of the reasons it's not looked upon favorably.
- Troy is this to The Iliad: it removes all mythical elements from the story, turning it into a story about a mundane (although epic) war.
- Batman is pretty grounded as far as superhero works go but the crazier elements get removed in the Christopher Nolan movies. Ra's Al Ghul is no longer immortal but uses body doubles to a similar effect, the Joker doesn't use Laughing Gas and other such clown based gimmicks (and uses hair dye and makeup as opposed to his hair and skin being permanently discolored in the comics) and Bane's power comes from his anesthetic mask dulling his pain rather than the Venom Super Serum.
- The Jem and the Holograms film turns the cartoon from a romance-adventure with sci-fi elements into a Coming-of-Age Story. Synergy is a little Robot Buddy instead of a sentient supercomputer with holographic abilities and none of the campy drama is present.
- The Smurfs was a live-action adaptation and instead of taking place in the Smurf world, they are transported to the human world.
- Harley Quinn's voice in Suicide Squad doesn't sound much like her traditional voice. This is because it's a more realistic, toned-down variant to the point where it doesn't even sound like the same accent.
- Averted for the most part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as most of the villains have similar origins to the heroes:
- Iron Man 3: Played with for the Mandarin. His ring aren't alien weapons and are just for show. The true Mandarin turns out to be Aldrich Killian, using a more potent version of the Extremis Nanotech.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: In the comics, The Falcon is able to telepathically read birds' minds and see out their eyes, including a particular empathic link with his pet falcon Redwing. In the MCU films, his psychic powers are left out. Redwing was later rewritten for Captain America: Civil War as a robotic drone aircraft.
- In The Adventures of Superman an alien with powers far beyond those of mortal men has to fight gangsters every episode because there is no budget for any other FX.
- The Incredible Hulk has David Banner Walking the Earth and coming across various mundangers. Once he fought an older Hulk-like guy, and in the Made For TV sequel movies they brought in Thor and Daredevil.
- Arrow is a lot more gritty than its source material and while it doesn't remove all fantasy, the few elements of such remaining are treated as they would in the real world.
- Canary (aka Black Canary) uses a sonic weapon rather than generating sonic blasts with her voice.
- GA's tradmark trick arrows are keep to realistic functions. Explosive arrows yes, Boxing Glove arrows, no.
- Cyrus Gold is no longer the immortal zombie, Solomon Grundy but gained super strength from a Super Serum. He still proves to be one of Arrow's most difficult foes to date.
- Averted with Barry Allen aka The Flash. The strangeness of superspeed is emphasized but he still has it.
- Inverted for Deathstroke. In the original comics the Super Serum he received stops his aging and keeps him in top physical shape. In the TV series the serum he received makes him downright super human, able to punch through a man's chest and recover from more than third degree burns.
- Inverted to an even greater extent for Roy Harper. In the comics he is the Robin to Green Arrow's Batman but in Arrow he is injected with the same serum as Slade, making him super human.
- The last Madeline book written by original author Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline's Christmas, features a magician who sends the little girls home for the holidays on flying carpets. This stands out amongst the mostly naturalistic, Slice of Life tone of the series. The animated adaptation replaced the magician with an old woman who helps the girls in a Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane manner.
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