I watched a ten minute documentary/advertising show on Tom Cruise’s
latest film Oblivion. It’s a science fiction movie, during which Cruise runs
around holding an unwieldy gun. The film looks alright, I’ll probably watch it when it
comes on telly. During his interview on the show, he mentioned that they were
able to go much deeper into the story than in the graphic novel.
"I don’t remember that graphic novel", I thought to myself. But
that in itself isn’t overly strange. There are too many comics coming out all the
time to be aware of them all. And it’s certainly possible that if I saw some
solicitations for comics that looked like the promotional images for this film, they are exactly the
kind of things I might ignore.
There are also lots of comics chugging along in movie
development hell right now completely unbeknownst to me. But by the time that
Tom Cruise or similar has attached his name to a film based on a comic, one
can’t help but continually be told about it online. So it was a bit strange I’d
seen the posters of Tom on bus shelters before I’d heard of this comic.
But then I read an article
online that points out that
Oblivion was never a comic. Director Joseph Kosinski pitched a brochure with
concept art and an outline of a story as a graphic novel. As graphic novels are
seen as goldmines to base movies on, it seems that calling your pitch booklet a
graphic novel is enough to get you in. Tom Cruise will sit on TV and state outright
that Oblivion is a graphic novel. He doesn’t know any better. This is the level
of real interest that Hollywood has in comics. They don't even know what they