Movies adapted from comic books are now common in Hollywood as they have a wider market and higher chances for box-office returns compared to the ordinary ones. We are going to make a list of comic book movies that are overwhelmingly dark due to the use of extreme violence and graphic content. Let’s have a look at top 10 darkest comic book movies of all time.
Dredd is directed by Pete Travis and was released in the year 2012. The star cast of the movie includes Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, and Jason Cope. The movie is an adaptation of the 2000 AD’s comic strip Judge Dredd. The 1995 movie adaptation (Judge Dredd) starring Sylvester Stallone failed miserably and all the comic book fans were eagerly waiting for a better adaptation and it happened through Dredd. Dredd is filled with over the top action sequences and extreme violence is definitely one of the most brutal comic book movies ever.
A History of Violence
A History of Violence is directed by David Cronenberg and was released in the year 2005. The star cast of the movie includes Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, and Ashton Holmes. The movie is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name. The movie doesn’t have any superheroes or monsters and is an unconventional comic book movie. The movie showed one hundred percent justice to the title by depicting violence (including violent graphic sex scenes) in the most brutal way possible.
Constantine is directed by Francis Lawrence and was released in the year 2005. The star cast of the movie includes Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, Shia LaBeouf, and Peter Stormare. The movie is an adaptation of the Hellblazer comic book by Vertigo Comics. Keanu Reeves fights with all types of demonic phenomena and the movie delivers a horrendous portrayal of life and the afterlife. The depiction of hell and Satan in the movie is considered by many as one of the best portrayals ever.
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night is directed by David Slade and was released in the year 2007. The star cast of the movie includes Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, and Mark Boone Junior. The movie is an adaptation of the comic book series (miniseries) of the same name. The movie is all about darkness and the utilization of that darkness by a group of ancient vampires. The entire scenario is horrific and the vampires unleash the fear like anything.
Punisher: War Zone
Punisher: War Zone is directed by Lexi Alexander and was released in the year 2008. The star cast of the movie includes Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Julie Benz, and Colin Salmon. The movie is an adaptation of the Marvel comic book character The Punisher. The 2004 Punisher was an R-Rated one, but Punisher: War Zone is a much darker entity. The antagonist Jigsaw (no relation to Saw film series) is a tough competitor for The Punisher as he is ruthless and fearless.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is directed by Christopher Nolan and was released in the year 2008. The star cast of the movie includes Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. The whole concept of Batman changed with Nolan’s Batman trilogy and The Dark Knight stands out as the best of the series. The movie presented a much darker version of the superhero, which later inspired superhero movies like Captain America, X-Men, and Deadpool etc. The movie also had the greatest villain portrayal of all time, The Joker.
Spawn is directed by Mark A.Z. Dieppe and was released in the year 1997. The star cast of the movie includes Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Melinda Clarke, and Theresa Randle. The movie is based on a comic book character of the same name published by Image Comics. The hero is a resurrected demon having cult powers and the theme of the movie itself is paranormal. The imagery and characters in the movie are disturbing as well as frightening. Spawn is undoubtedly one of the most disturbing comic book movies ever.
Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder and was released in the year 2009. The star cast of the movie includes Jeffery Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Crudup. The movie is based on the DC comic book series (limited series) of the same name. The entire movie is shot in a way which sustains the comic book feel throughout. The movie showcased all the dark aspects with utter perfection, just like they appeared in the comics.
Sin City is directed by Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez and was released in the year 2005. The star cast of the movie includes Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson. The movie is an adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. The major portion of this neo-noir comic book adaptation is in black & white and captures the style of the comics perfectly. Even the coloring of the movie matched the original graphics novel, giving a much darker tone to the entire movie.
The Crow is directed by Alex Proyas and was released in the year 1994. The star cast of the movie includes Brandon Lee, Michael Massee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, and Sofia Shinas. The movie is an adaptation of the 1989 comic book of the same name. The Crow is an intense revenge story which captured the creepiness of night phenomenally. The accidental death of Brandon Lee during the shooting of the movie still remains a pain. The Crow is darkness personified and tops our list with its unique making style.