Shakespeare was the man when it came to writing compelling stories and characters that we truly care about. Over the years, there have been many screenwriters and directors that have adapted his plays into movies for the general public. In fact, some of the best or most popular movies are Shakespeare movie adaptations.

While some of the Shakespeare movie adaptations only allude to the plays that they’re based on and choose to focus on particular elements of the plays, others, like Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, very closely resembles the original material. Either way, The Bard’s plays make for pretty great films.

So, in celebration of the continued release of Shakespeare adaptations, here’s a list of the top 10 best Shakespeare movie adaptations (so far).

10. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (1993)

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

As you’ll see as you keep perusing our list, the 90s were a great time for Shakespeare movie adaptations. About 20 years before Joss Whedon premiered his modern, black and white version of the comedy, critics and film-goers endlessly praised actor/director Kenneth Branagh (director of Thor) for his movie. Even though it’s not as flashy as Whedon’s, you’ll definitely want to check out this version. You’ll love seeing Keanu Reeves play the villain and Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. Wilson from House!) play the lovesick Claudio.

9. ‘Othello’ (1995)

Othello Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

Laurence Fishburne plays a very tortured Othello in this adaptation of the famous play. His fits of madness are intense, not to mention gripping. Kenneth Branagh is in this film as well, playing the heinous villain Iago (no, not the red bird from Aladdin). The first half of the movie may drag a bit and you may get a little annoyed with all of the uproar over a handkerchief, but you really need to watch it all the way through to the end.

8. ‘Warm Bodies’ (2013)

Warm Bodies Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

Ok, so Warm Bodies is one of the looser adaptations, but it’s still a great movie. The two come from dueling “families” so to speak and fall in love against all odds. Most of the characters have names and roles similar to characters in Romeo and Juliet (R, Julie, M, etc.) and there’s even a balcony scene. We especially like this film because it turns the whole teenage romance idea on its head and has a good time poking fun at it. Some people take the Romeo and Juliet-type romance too seriously, so this movie was like a breath of fresh air.

7. ’10 Things I Hate About You’ (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

Not many people are aware that this smash hit is a Shakespeare movie adaptation, but that’s probably because the play it adapts, The Taming of the Shrew, is not one of The Bard’s more popular titles. Like Warm Bodies and She’s the Man (which you’ll see later on this list), he references the play through character names and places but isn’t completely married to the play’s plot. Above all though, Heath Ledger plays such a charming leading man that there was no way this movie wasn’t going to make this list.

6. ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

Romeo + Juliet Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is so aesthetically beautiful that it sometimes takes our breath away. While we’re still kind of iffy about Luhrmann’s decision to set the classic story in modern day Verona Beach and give the characters guns instead of swords, there’s no denying that this is one of the most iconic Shakespeare movie adaptations that has ever been made. Shakespeare students and fans, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio lovers, will be watching and re-watching this movie for years to come.

On Page 2: Which Shakespeare movie adaptation took our #1 spot? (Hint: It’s definitely a Hypable reader-favorite!)

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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