Netflix Adaptation refers to images mocking Netflix adaptations of various anime and manga series by comparing the artwork to photographs of cosplayers, centering the joke on how the adaptations tend to change characters for the worse with poor design or fundamental plot changes.
On September 17th, 2018, /r/Animemes user localConurbano uploaded an Spanish version to the subreddit in which they compare an image of Hotaru Tomoe from Sailor Moon from the manga to one of the character from the anime. The final panel, labeled "Netflix Adaptation," features and a picture of a black person wearing a wig. The image got over 5,600 points in the following two days (shown below).
A day later, the user Fresded4ty uploaded an image where they compare how the Dragon Ball character Frieza looks in the anime, manga, and a cosplay. The post gathered over 11,000 points (shown below, left). On the same day, /r/dankmemes user PropaneSalesman7 uploaded a version with images from the Spider-Man cartoon and comic, comparing them to another cosplay. This version got 32,600 upvotes (shown below, middle). On September 19th, 2018 a version showing PewDiePie's fiancée Marzia Bisognin, comparing her to a drawing of Herself and a picture of man in a dress, was posted by user Older_1 /r/PewdiepieSubmissions and gained over 11,300 upvotes (shown below, right).
Broadway / Film Adaptation
Broadway / Film Adaptation refers to parodies of the way cinematic adaptations of Broadway musicals tend to cast actors in lead roles even though they've aged well beyond the age of the character they're supposed to play. The parodies were inspired by the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, which cast the 27-year-old Ben Platt in the title role, though the character is supposed to be a high-schooler.
In the cinematic adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, the title role is played by Ben Platt, who originated the role on Broadway. Early reviews of the film have commented that Platt looks too old for the role. On September 9th, 2021, Twitter user @hackermanjoe joked about the age difference by comparing two images of Fred Savage on the set of The Princess Bride, labeling an image of a child Savage on set as "Broadway" and an image of a grown-up Savage on the set as "Film Adaptation." The tweet gained over 800 retweets and 8,400 likes (shown below).
The tweet inspired others to adopt the format, showing aged versions of actors and characters. For example, user @MaxHeadblog posted two pictures of Charlie Sheen (shown below, left). User @bswoffs posted images of the Nevermind baby (shown below, right). The meme was covered by the Daily Dot.