I learned that movies based on comic books are way better than the comic books themselves in most cases. I always had a hard time reading comic books. Do you consider graphic novels to be comic books?
While I understand how the movies can be easier to enjoy than the comic books if that's not what you're into, the movies often still suck when you factor in how much they fail to address, or just completely change, to accommodate a cinematic audience. And I get that. To them it's not only condensing a story, and drawing in movie theater crowds, it greatly takes away from the actual character of the books, and what shaped the character.
A recent movie I can use to make my point would be Deadpool. The movie was well received, but they changed a lot of his backstory, which was pretty significant in the comic books. They skipped over the whole potential identity theft thing, eliminated the sadistic doctor who was the actual person who tortured him, changed where he got his powers from, and apparently they're jumping into the Cable & Deadpool thing waaaaaayyyy too soon. Does all of that need to be in a movie? No. But it is a lot of details that shape his character as well as how he effects those around him. When you omit that stuff, you don't have the same level of appreciation for a character that people have spent years developing and writing about. That's just my two cents. /rant
Also, yes, I do consider graphic novels and comics to be interchangeable.