Comic-book adaptations: Miss

This summer saw the hugely anticipated <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000000731" title="Iron Man 2 (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/iron-man-2-%28movie%29-ENMV000000731.topic">"Iron Man 2"</a> do OK at the box office and the extremely buzzed-about comic-book adaptations "Kick-Ass" and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000004780" title="Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/scott-pilgrim-vs.-the-world-%28movie%29-ENMV000004780.topic">"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"</a> do not so well. Both "Kick-Ass" and "Scott Pilgrim" were well received by critics and many who saw the movies. But that seemed to be the problem: getting people to see them. After the success of the first "Iron Man," its sequel had huge shoes to fill, which might have contributed to the ho-hum reviews and the middling box office.<br>
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-- Jevon Phillips<br>
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<i>Photos, from left: Michael Cera in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" by Universal Pictures; Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 2" by Marvel Entertainment; Aaron Johnson in "Kick-Ass" by  Lionsgate</i>

This summer saw the hugely anticipated "Iron Man 2" do OK at the box office and the extremely buzzed-about comic-book adaptations "Kick-Ass" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" do not so well. Both "Kick-Ass" and "Scott Pilgrim" were well received by critics and many who saw the movies. But that seemed to be the problem: getting people to see them. After the success of the first "Iron Man," its sequel had huge shoes to fill, which might have contributed to the ho-hum reviews and the middling box office.

-- Jevon Phillips

Photos, from left: Michael Cera in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" by Universal Pictures; Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 2" by Marvel Entertainment; Aaron Johnson in "Kick-Ass" by Lionsgate

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