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Is Glass Based on a Comic Book?

Are you a fan of the movie ‘Glass’? Have you ever wondered if it’s based on a comic book series? Well, the answer is both yes and no.

The Unbreakable Trilogy

First, let’s take a step back and talk about the ‘Unbreakable’ trilogy. The first movie in the trilogy, ‘Unbreakable’, was released in 2000 and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

It starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a man who discovers he has superhuman abilities after surviving a train crash. The movie was praised for its originality and grounded approach to the superhero genre.


The second movie in the trilogy, ‘Split’, was released in 2016 and also directed by Shyamalan. It starred James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with dissociative identity disorder who kidnaps three teenage girls. The twist ending revealed that the movie takes place in the same universe as ‘Unbreakable’.


Now we come to ‘Glass’, which was released in 2019 and serves as a conclusion to the trilogy. The movie brings together David Dunn from ‘Unbreakable’, Kevin Wendell Crumb from ‘Split’, and Mr. Glass (played by Samuel L. Jackson), the villain from ‘Unbreakable’.

Is Glass Based on a Comic Book?

So, is ‘Glass’ based on a comic book series like many other superhero movies? The answer is no. While there are comic books that tie into the movies (such as an adaptation of ‘Unbreakable’ and spin-off comics for ‘Split’), there is no original comic book source material for any of the movies in the trilogy.

However, Shyamalan has stated that he was inspired by comics when creating these movies. In an interview with Collider, he said, “I love the way comic books put together a world. I love how they make you as the viewer do a lot of work.”

The Importance of Subverting Expectations

One thing that sets the ‘Unbreakable’ trilogy apart from other superhero movies is its focus on grounded, realistic storytelling. The characters in these movies don’t wear spandex or have flashy powers; they’re ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary abilities.

Shyamalan has also been praised for subverting audience expectations with his movies. ‘Unbreakable’ was marketed as a thriller and surprised audiences with its superhero twist ending. ‘Split’ was marketed as a horror movie and surprised audiences with its tie-in to ‘Unbreakable’.

Similarly, ‘Glass’ subverts expectations by being less action-packed than many superhero movies and instead focusing on the psychological struggle between the three main characters.

In Conclusion

In summary, while ‘Glass’ is not based on a comic book series, it is still inspired by comics and their unique way of world-building. The ‘Unbreakable’ trilogy stands out from other superhero movies by focusing on grounded storytelling and subverting audience expectations. If you haven’t seen these movies yet, we highly recommend giving them a watch!