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Liam Burke

Liam Burke, Melbourne, Australia, is a media studies lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. His publications include the Pocket Essential Superhero Movies and the edited collection Fan Phenomena: Batman.
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The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre by Liam Burke

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The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre by Liam Burke

The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre, by Liam Burke, is a scholarly look at the comic book movie genre, examining why these movies became so popular since the turn of the new century as well as the various elements than can be said to constitute the genre. Burke also discusses the question of fidelity to the original source material and how that fidelity has lately been affected by the rise of mass fan culture. It’s a learned, well-documented, highly informative exploration and highly recommended for anyone interested in comics books, either their film or print versions.

After a brief introduction, the book moves through five relatively lengthy sections, each focused on a differe... Read More

Bill chats with Dr. Liam Burke about comic book film adaptations

Dr. Liam Burke is the author of The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre, a thoroughly excellent examination of that topic and one I highly recommend for both fans and non-fans of comics (thus the five-star review). Dr. Burke generously took the time to answer a few questions I had after reading his book and his responses were as clearly edifying as I had expected.

Bill: It could be argued that Marvel has so far had more success in adapting their catalogue to film in comparison to DC. Especially in terms of scope, since DC has really been driven mostly by two characters: Batma... Read More