The rule of comic book movies such as Marvel films that you break to your detriment is to try to be as faithful as you can to the comic. The nod can be small, like having all the heroes who formed the Avenger survive Thanos’s snap, or large, like having James Rhodes (Rhodie) eventually becoming War Machine.
Fans watch movies with great care and notice when the film’s heroes are different from in the comic book.
Some directors go above and beyond the call of duty and take shots directly from the comic books and put them in their movies. One example is the iconic moment in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, where Bane lifts Batman over his head and breaks his back.
The shot is taken almost directly from Batman 497, where the same thing happens. Some shot recreations, however, are harder to notice.
Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
Screen Rant has a nice list of comic book moments captured on film, including an iconic Wolverine scene. X-Men: Apocalypse didn’t get much right from the comic book’s portrayal of Apocalypse in the Age of Apocalypse storyline, but one thing that it did get right is a cameo by Wolverine.
In the comic book, Wolverine was mutated by Apocalypse to be one of his horsemen. It’s unclear what or who mutated Wolverine in the movie, but he looks exactly like he did in the comic book. Wolverine’s look was a gift to comic book fans in a film that didn’t have many.
The movie ‘300’: This is Sparta
300, directed by Zack Snyder, is based on the famous comic book by Frank Miller. Miller is the same writer who penned The Dark Knight Returns, which heavily influenced Snyder’s Batman v Superman. It’s a pretty accurate representation all on its own but there one scene that is nearly entirely lifted from the comic book.
King Leonidas’s iconic shot kicking the Persian messenger into a pit is taken directly from the comic. Snyder also uses slow motion throughout the film to create the feel of reading a comic book.
The Vision in ‘Captain America: Civil War’
The Vision is arguably one of the Avengers’ most popular lesser heroes. The Vision is an android; much of his emotional palette has to come from his body language instead of facial expression or vocal intonation. Captain America: Civil War may not be a movie where you’d expect The Vision to be portrayed so perfectly from the comics, but the Reddit community recognized a scene from Civil War that is taken almost exactly from the comic books.
The Vision and the Scarlet Witch have a romance in the comics and the movies. The Vision is often torn by emotions that he is not supposed to possess, as an android, versus the love he feels for Wanda. Many famous scenes portray this conflict, but maybe none more impactful than the one from Civil War because of how little is shown.
It is just The Vision standing forlornly wondering how he, an android, can ever genuinely love Wanda, a human. The scene recreated in Civil War (including a slightly crooked mirror) perfectly captures the Vision’s conflict.
Comic book movies are a mixed bag when borrowing from its comic book counterparts from Deadpool’s terrible portrayal in X-Men: Origins to an almost shot-for-shot retelling of the fight scenes in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World different directors feel a different sense of loyalty to their source material.
Comic book fans, however, will always appreciate a director doing their best to capture the comic books they love on film. Of course, the different genres’ nature means they can’t always be the same, but the closer the director comes, the more thankful the fan.