Although both publishing houses (Vertigo and Icon) responsible for the original printing of these stories are backed by the big boys (DC and Marvel), these works are still “fringe” and both companies are known for their support of creator-ownership.
First of all, I think it’s so rad that these two movies are out @ the same time, and with upcoming films like Scott Pilgrim and Too Cool to be Forgotten on their way, it looks like there will be no shortage of cool, non-mainstream comic book-based properties making the jump from print to screen. And I have to admit, I dug both of these films.
With previews for both The A-Team and The Expendables, it looks like government-employee-turned-mercenary is a very popular theme this movie season, and The Losers definitely gets some credit for being the first one out of the gate. Overall, the movie was pretty bad-ass, with a lot of over-the-top violence and action, and a pace and script that prevents everything from ever becoming annoying. It also did what every good comic book movie does, to make you want to go and read (or re-read) the source material.
As for Kick-Ass, I was admittedly a bit skeptical, and although I liked the comic, I wasn’t totally blown away, particularly not by the ending. Having seen the movie, I can honestly say that I liked it better than the book, and am much more interested in the future of the film franchise. When compared, Kick-Ass and The Losers both redefine how a comic book property can look and behave, and excellent casting, super impressive fight choreography, a consistently wicked sense of humor, and a loyalty to the comic medium, separate both from an ever-crowding field.
Kick-Ass’s pop culture impact will no doubt be greater, as it really is like nothing else I’ve seen, (although without Quentin Tarantino there would be no Kick-Ass), and because it does take larger visual and plot risks than any other comic-book movie ever made.
I highly recommend doing these two as a double feature, as this appears to be the beginning of an important and new movement in the world of Nerd cinema (hopefully).