Screen to Book Comparison: ‘300’

Lest you thought we were all done talking about 300, I happened to stumble across these screen shots from the movie compared to frames from the graphic novel. Honestly, I expected them to be even more exact. In a lot of cases, it’s very close but, it’s not exact.

It really is no mean feat to translate something so faithfully in look and mood, and I found these shots really interesting. Looking at these reminds me how good the casting really was as well. I must give Snyder credit, because the more I think about it, it would have been really easy to mess this up. Just ask Stephen Norrington.


  1. I guess the question becomes, is recreating a comic book panel something we should aspire to?

    It is indeed no mean feat of technical skill, but does that make it good?


  2. Not always, but sometimes.

    It is the one sure way to make sure irate fanboys can’t complain about stuff.

    Not that they won’t find something.

  3. I don’t know, Sin City came pretty damn close.

  4. Who needs to see a comic come to life on the screen. The comic is enough. Movies are a different medium. I’m looking for something different in a movie. bla bla bla bla bla..

    I really liked 300. I hope to see more of the same in main stream comic movie. Like the X-men for instance. I’m glad they haven’t put spider-man or Superman in black leather instead of their leotard

    IMHO I think sin city was better because the story had more depth.

  5. This is something that all comic movies need to do to some extent. Spiderman and Batman have poses that are iconical, and should be duplicated on film so that comic fans can say “oh, that happened in issue…” I’d call it “panel recall.”

    Books that are on-going need to have it less then minis or graphic novels.

    You couldn’t translate Watchmen panel-for-panel, but I think it would be stupid to not have some of the classic moments in the book. (Dr. Manhattan being taken to pieces or sitting on a rock in mars.)

    When the panels aren’t memorable they don’t need to be put in. (see Fastball-special in X-3)

  6. It came close.. It took me awhile to appreciate the beauty of the book.. 🙂 Out of the comic book movies i’ve seen, this is the most accurate when comparing it to the story its based on.

  7. In terms of recreating the panels, I’m right there with everyone. But…I’m not so sure how hot I am about using the blue screen technique with all comic books. In the case of 300 it worked really well because of the time period, and with Sin City it was great because Sin City is so stylistic.

    Seeing a Batman or Spider-Man movie with this type of technique is something I’m not very interested in seeing. The characters work because the cities and characters they interact with are a reflection of our own.

    With Watchmen, I think Snyder could get away with using the blue screen technique in doses, but part of the greatness of Watchmen is its gritty reality.

  8. Talk about a nit-pick. hahaha

  9. I’m surprised that some of you wouldn’t consider these examples exact. In both cases, 300 and Sin City, the side by side comparisons show just how faithful the films were to the comics. It would be almost impossible to have a shot of a live actor, being filmed at 24 fps, hitting a pose identical to a comic panel without look staged or static.

  10. I’ve never been able to figure out why some things that are perfectly acceptable to the eye when drawn on a page look inescapably goofy on film…superhero costumes…always seems odd when I see actual humans in tights.