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Smoke, Flicks, and Chill: Comic Book Adaptations

It turns out superheroes aren’t everything.

by Sean Abrams

by Sean Abrams

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. Thats where youre so, so wrong. Theres no issue with a little Hulk Smashevery 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, heres the list of the best comic book adaptation films (in no particular order) to watch while stoned. Its time to release your inner-nerd.

300 (2007) 

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, its 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 everyones forte, but its the graphics of the movie themselves that make for an extremely great feature. Just make sure youre not too high so you can echo Gerard Butlers infamous This is Sparta!tagline. Spartan armor not included.

Munchie: Theres nothing like a little Greek Tzatziki sauce to get you through a long movie.

Constantine (2005)

Angels, demons, and Keanu Reeves. Thats what you get (and then some) from the supernatural thriller ripped from the pages of an 85 DC comic book. Youll take a journey through Hell and back as you follow John Constantine, a cigarette-smoking cynic slowly approaching devils 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 films 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, thats 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 its physically impossible not to mention the second installment, and all-around masterpiece, in Bryan Singers X-Men trilogy. While the film may have swapped out the comics original main player for Hugh Jackmans beastly Wolverine, the movies shift between time periods with a focus on X-Men, both new and old, was top notch. No idea what Im 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 Wolverines mind back to 1974 in order to prevent the one event that led to the downfall of mutantkind. If its hard for you to wrap your mind around that, dont 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.

Wanted (2008)

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.


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Sean Abrams

Sean Abrams is a Brooklyn native with a penchant for being the guy who eats only the pink Starbursts. He currently resides in Astoria and is an Associate Editor at Maxim Magazine. Follow him down the rabbit hole on Twitter at @seanybrams.



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