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The Tom Hanks Mobster Drama You Probably Didn’t Know Was Based On A Graphic Novel

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At the time, the Great Depression-era film “Road To Perdition” felt like a departure from Hanks’ usual good guy roles. Before the movie, we’d grown accustomed to seeing the actor play lovable men like Chuck Noland in “Cast Away.” Instead, in “Road To Perdition,” Hanks portrayed fearsome Irish mob enforcer Michael Sullivan, who is on a journey of revenge with his son after a horrific betrayal by his employers. Grayness is a more complex shade of cloudy gray. He is also originally a comic book character. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, is based on the 1998 DC Comics graphic novel by writer Max Allan Collins and artist Richard Piers Maynard (via DC Comics).

If the story of an anti-hero killer and his son walking a path of revenge sounds a little familiar to manga fans, it’s because “Road To Perdition” was influenced by a classic anime. samurai. In a BBC interview, Collins revealed that “Road To Perdition” is a tribute to “Lone Wolf And Cub” by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. In “Lone Wolf And Cub”, a skilled samurai executioner is betrayed by his shogun master and travels the path of revenge with his infant son. It’s not hard to make the connection between “Road To Perdition” and the manga. It’s also not too hard to see how influential the “Lone Wolf And Cub” network has placed on Western media. For example, even “The Mandalorian” could be considered a “Star Wars” homage to the iconic Japanese comic (via geek lair).