Hollywood box offices have been dominated by comic book adaptations since the dawn of time (or at least, since the arrival of Robert Downey Jr). While it’s safe to say companies like Marvel and DC will be churning out movies until the Earth fails us, one common misconception is that the only iteration of on-screen comic book characters are in the form of superheroes. That’s where you’re so, so wrong. There’s no issue with a little ‘Hulk Smash’ every now and then, but some of the best films in the last few years have been adapted from the thin pages of graphic novels that would even give Superman a run for his money. Not to mention the variety, from action-packed to downright insane, makes for a great trip down cannabis lane. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the list of the best comic book adaptation films (in no particular order) to watch while stoned. It’s time to release your inner-nerd.
Frank Miller is a man of many talents and is responsible for delivering some of the most iconic characters in the world to the forefront of pop culture. While the American born writer and director has had his hands on such iconic works like Batman, Daredevil, and Sin City, it’s his 1998 fantasy-driven war tale that drew as a base for the 2007 Zack Snyder-directed film. The brutal fight scenes depicted during this time of the Persian Wars may not be everyone’s forte, but it’s the graphics of the movie themselves that make for an extremely great feature. Just make sure you’re not too high so you can echo Gerard Butler’s infamous ‘This is Sparta!’ tagline. Spartan armor not included.
Munchie: There’s nothing like a little Greek Tzatziki sauce to get you through a long movie.
Angels, demons, and Keanu Reeves. That’s what you get (and then some) from the supernatural thriller ripped from the pages of an ’85 DC comic book. You’ll take a journey through Hell and back as you follow John Constantine, a cigarette-smoking cynic slowly approaching devil’s door who must face a dark force brought to his attention by an unknowing police detective (played by the always gorgeous Rachel Weisz). The entirety of the film’s 2-hour runtime is a high energy rollercoaster, meant to make you question if the very realms outside Earth that we pray to are much closer than they appear. And yes, that’s only a question worth discussing after you take another hit.
Munchie: M&Ms, but the red and white ones only.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
I may have knocked Marvel and its monarchy earlier on, but it’s physically impossible not to mention the second installment, and all-around masterpiece, in Bryan Singer’s X-Men trilogy. While the film may have swapped out the comic’s original main player for Hugh Jackman’s beastly Wolverine, the movie’s shift between time periods with a focus on X-Men, both new and old, was top notch. No idea what I’m talking about? Let me explain: Starting off in a dystopian future where trained robots (named Sentinels) are hunting down and ultimately eliminating the mutant race, a highly evolved Kitty Pryde sends Wolverine’s mind back to 1974 in order to prevent the one event that led to the downfall of mutantkind. If it’s hard for you to wrap your mind around that, don’t fret. Just wait ’till you see the ending..
Munchie: Hamburger Helper. This is the ‘70s, after all.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
2015 brought us plenty of great things: The ‘Left Shark’ from the Super Bowl, Adele’s ‘Hello,’ and the death (yeah, okay) of Jon Snow. But it’s Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman that we’ll remember for ages to come. Inspired by a late 2000s comic take on the Secret Service, this British spy flick focuses on the recruitment of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin into a secret organization and whatever follows after he’s tasked with stopping the masterplan of a wealthy lunatic. While simple and basic at first glance, the film’s stylistic and sleek take on the world of spies is a breath of fresh air, and it’s doesn't shy away from the getting downright bloody, with more head shots than you can count. It may not be your typical ‘shaken, not stirred’ sense of a movie, but a few puffs before viewing will have you feeling like a regular 007.
Munchie: Any greasy, meaty, pub-inspired dish will do.
The last film on this list, but certainly not least, has us asking the question, “What the fuck have you done lately?” Loosely based off Mark Miller’s comic book miniseries of the same name, this high-stakes driven action thriller follows a man down his luck only to discover that his father is a highly reputable member of an elite group of assassins. Throw in some bomb-wearing rats, a few curved bullets, and a half-naked Angelina Jolie, and you have one hell of a good way to end that high of yours. Did I mention a very pudgy Chris Pratt makes a a solid cameo appearance as well? You can’t ask for anything better than that.
Munchie: We’re going to go with the basic popcorn route for this one. And maybe a Red Bull.