Robert Horton on Comics on Film

The transformation from newsprint to screen has come a long way

Anyone who’s ever read a comic book (or even a comic script) is already aware of the cinematic way a sequence is planned out on a page. Yet translating these things to the big screen has often been problematic: Dialogue that seems punchy on the page can end up sounding hackneyed spoken aloud, and rarely are the bright pastels of tights and capes ever a cause for celebration (looking in your direction, Joel Schumacher). Nevertheless, technology in recent years has made even the most mundane leaps possible, allowing pieces like Ang Lee’s Hulk to mimic a comic book on film, or Berman and Pulcini’s ultra-meta American Splendor to flesh out the source. Robert Horton will discuss these aesthetics in an open forum at the Frye with film clips, allowing you to ponder whether advances in modern technology might have improved George Clooney’s Batman. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, Free. 2 p.m. JEFF MORRISON

Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m., 2008

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