How would this TV project have panned out? Although you'll never see this television manifestation of The Hunger Games, there are other stories and concepts that have taken both big and small screen forms, giving the world an idea of which medium better suits what kind of story, and how The Hunger Games might have fared.
Movie(s): Buffy the Vampire Slayer
('92) Which Was Better?
movie, while original and fun in its own right, is more or less forgotten nowadays. The resultant television show, which placed then-rising star Sarah Michelle Gellar in the starring role, is practically a religion to some people. The show was obviously based around fantasy and horror themes, but the real investment was in its characters. The TV show wins by a landslide.
Which Was Better?
This one is a much closer race. Robert Altman's 1970 film was a masterpiece of satire, dark comedy, and a genuine look at the horrors and sorrows of war. But there's something to be said for a war series that outlasts its real-life basis by over 400 percent. Another argument in the series's corner: the finale remains the most watched broadcast in television history. MASH
was terrific, but it was no M*A*S*H
TV Series: Iron Man ('94-'96), Iron Man: Armored Adventures ('09—)
Which Was Better? The hero Iron Man (Tony Stark) has actually been a television fixture in Marvel series since the 1960s. However, the insurgence of his own series in the '90s proved that Iron Man wasn't really capable of maintaining interest on his own. It wasn't until the live-action Robert Downey, Jr. films arrived that the hero really claimed popularity outside of his comic book fan base. Iron Man works on the big screen. He's the epitome of flash, adventure and overall overindulgence, and that's the definition of a big-budget movie.
TV Series: Firefly ('02-'03)
Which Was Better? Serenity
did as well as it could in translating Joss Whedon's special universe to a new medium, but the Serenity really belonged on television. The show was too complicated and dense with thematic and character depth to be condensed into a single cinematic instance. The TV show takes the cake. Batman TV Series: Batman
('66-'68), The Adventures of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder
('68-'69), The New Adventures of Batman
('77-'78), Batman: The Animated Series
('92-'95), The New Batman Adventures
('97-'99), Batman Beyond
('99-'01), The Batman
('04-'08), Batman: The Brave and the Bold
('89), Batman Returns
('92), Batman Forever
('95). Batman & Robin
('97), Batman Begins
('05), The Dark Knight
('08) Worked Was Better?
With so many different incarnations, this is probably the biggest toss-up. The Batman series are revered by fans—and adamantly, as those of you who have ever been to a Comic-Con might know
—but there's just something about those movies. They don't just satisfy, they thrill. Directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan (and to a lesser extent Joel Schumacher) have exhibited the diversity of the DC comics legend and his gripping story with their different movie adaptations of the character. Batman may be more subtle and introspective than most superheroes, but he's a big presence who works best on the big screen.
Movies and TV are both beloved members of our society, social circles and families, but they offer us very different things. With a world larger than life and characters on a biting quest of passion and self-preservation, a story like The Hunger Games
works best on the biggest of screens. And if you don't agree, you still have The Selection
. Everybody wins!