I understand the use/need for it, but I don't think it's that easy if you have anything but a series to work with when you're new.
Then I got to the part where "make it worse" is phrased differently. Instead of "worse", the word is "intense". Make it more intense by making it more difficult or more personal. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the part of about doing it without death or violence. I think that's important because gorn is cheap shock factor unless there's some way that it makes the situation "worse".
As to which I would rather do, I'd have to say comics. For one thing, you can maintain at least some semblance of creative control over your property - you may have an editor to deal with, but your script won't usually be taken away to be re-written by other writers to include the ideas of every studio exec who can manage to get his finger in the pie. For another, in comics, a story laden with the most amazing, mind-blowing special effects is no more expensive to produce than a tale with a single set, two characters, and no effects. So it's somewhat easier to sell a comic series or graphic novel than a film - the financial investment you're asking a comics publisher to make is far, far less than the budget of your average movie.
Here are some tips on how to make Dark Lords interesting again.
I'm also part of a writing community called Mythic Scribes.
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