Of course, everyone knows that characters like Batman and Spider-Man had their origins in comics before migrating to the big screen, but you might be surprised to find out that there are actually a lot of other well-known movies out there that started out as lesser-known comic books and graphic novels. While you may not see any cape-wearing do-gooders in these films, most of them are every bit as entertaining as the big budget superhero blockbusters that Hollywood has been churning out over the past ten to fifteen years.
So if you love comics but are getting sick of always watching muscle men in tights on screen, here are 22 movies you probably didn’t know were based on comic books. Enjoy!
22. Timecop (1994)
It may have only had a three-issue run as part of a Dark Horse anthology in 1992, but the Timecop comic managed to spawn a decent action/sci-fi movie, a television series, and a video game. Writer Mark Verheiden wrote the comic and screenplay for the film along with Dark Horse founder and publisher Mike Richardson. The movie stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a ‘time enforcement officer’ who must protect the timestream from would-be abusers. To date, it remains one of his most successful films and showcases what is probably his best acting performance. Unfortunately, the sequel, Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision, wasn’t nearly as good (probably because Van Damme wasn’t in it) and the TV series and video game were mediocre at best.