It's no secret that comic-book-inspired media is a major force in Tinseltown these days. Comic-book movies rule the box office, comic-book TV shows are becomingly increasingly dominant on the small screen, and we've got many more comics-driven films and shows to look forward to in the coming years. Though comic books are the inspiration for these mass media juggernauts, the writers of those comics often prefer to keep to their own medium, scripting epics limited only by their imaginations and just letting the movies be the movies.
Other writers, though, have leapt at the chance to be part of the adaptations of their work, and as a result they've become powerful figures in Hollywood and in comics. But who among these crossover successes is the most powerful? The Hollywood Reporter just revealed its list of the five most powerful comic-book writers in Hollywood, and you might be able to guess who's at the top.
It's Robert Kirkman, co-creator of The Walking Dead, the bestselling zombie comic that's also become a megahit TV series at AMC. Now in its fifth season, The Walking Dead has seen its ratings just keep climbing, and its success has led to several other Hollywood opportunities for Kirkman, including adaptations of his comics Outcast and Thief of Thieves, and an upcoming Walking Dead spinoff series.
DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns came in at number two on the list, thanks to the five DC Comics-based TV shows he's shepherding right now, including Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham and the upcoming iZombie. More DC Comics TV series are already on the way, including a Supergirl show that's already got a series commitment, and Johns already has even more small- and big-screen projects in the pipeline.
The rest of the list includes Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis, whose creator-owned comic Powers is finally making its way to TV; Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar, whose Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theaters next year; and longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont, who's finally getting to do some hands-on work his mutants on the big screen with a treatment for the upcoming Gambit film.
Read THR's full report on the five writers, and why they're powerful, HERE. What do you think? Did they get the order right?