Movies and comics share several conventions, but the paramount element of both is visual. Like comics, the appeal of movies is, first and foremost, in the images they present to their audience. This is not to say that any of the other pieces - character, story, ideas - are unimportant, but that what a moviegoer sees is what provides the thrill and joy. No matter how many other similarities they share, however, movies are not comics. The language is different, and in adapting a comic to screen one has to understand the difference for an effective translation. Richard Donner understood this when he directed Superman
; Christopher Nolan knew the difference when he directed Batman Begins
and The Dark Knight
. The Losers
, by contrast, suffers the fate of actually being too
faithful to the comic, embracing not only its best elements but also its worst.