Gotham: Graphic Books Appearing in Cannes Movie Plots



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In our article, we list two American graphic books that were the basis of Hollywood movies that appeared at the prestigious Cannes Festival in France. In 2018, Black Panther took over the Cinéma de la Plage and earlier in the decade, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) appeared.

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Certainly, the Cannes Film Festival touts itself as a celebration of cinema worldwide with a conscience. Indeed, the festival is very selective though it celebrates visionary filmmakers and talented actors. Moreover, its regular filmmakers such as George Miller have made well their disaffection for the superhero genre for what they see as Greek and Roman nostalgia. Though Black Panther is selected for the Cinéma de la Plage viewing and breaks the mold. Importantly, Ryan Coogler’s modern black style inspires itself from Black Panther: The Complete Collection (2015) by respected Christopher Priest.

Positives: Acclaimed writer and collection with a modern revamp of Black Panther.

Negatives: Not enough visibility in the film.

STAR WARS (2016)

Importantly, the Star Wars franchise has been well represented at Cannes. In fact, it may be among the rare comic book-inspired movies selected at the festival. In 2018, Solo: A Star Wars Story was in the Official Selection. Though responses were not favorable, the movie has made an influence on shows such as The Mandalorian. In Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (2016) we get a graphic novel about the eponymous movies. Enjoy!

Positives: Iconic film franchise with multiple Cannes appearances. Influential space sagas.

Negatives: None.


Gloriously, the X-Men franchise has a historic fanbase in France. In fact, it may be among the first comic book-inspired movies premiering at the festival. In 2006, X-Men: The Last Stand was Out of Competition. Though responses were mixed, the movie was an important moment in American pop culture and even a sensation in the world for its dystopian scenario.

Positives: News sensation, among first superhero Cannes appearance.

Negatives: Mixed reviews, poor box office.



BLACK PANTHER in Festival de Cannes.
The new film of the Star Wars™ galaxy in the Official Selection. SOLO : A STAR WARS STORY IN CANNES. in Festival de Cannes.
George Miller Weighs in on Superhero Movies, Tilda Swinton Demands ‘More Than One Story’ on Screen in Variety.
How ‘The Mandalorian’ Is Taking Its Cues From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ in Forbes.
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND in Festival de Cannes.

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