5 Films Surprisingly Based on Comics

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Everyone knows that films starring Marvel and DC heroes are deeply rooted in decades of comic book lore. However, not every film is as straightforward in its ties to the comic book world. Here are five films that audiences may not have thought would spring forward from comic book source material.

Weird Science (1985)

Kelly LeBrock in 'Weird Science'

Kelly LeBrock in ‘Weird Science’

This John Hughes comedy may have emerged as a cult classic in the years since its release (and even inspired a TV series in the mid-1990s). However, many fans of the film may not realize that it is actually based on Al Feldstein’s story “Made of the Future” which was featured in the fifth issue of the 1950s EC Comics magazine also titled Weird Science. In hindsight, the wacky misadventures that Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) encounter when they create the perfect woman (Kelly Le Brock) fit in nicely in the comic book world. Moreover, Le Brock’s Lisa demonstrates that she has otherworldly powers throughout the film’s runtime, and let’s not forget that she was created largely due to a lightning storm, magazine clippings and a Barbie doll. If that’s not a superhero origin story, we don’t know what is.

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