It’s no news that Alan Moore is far from the biggest supporter when it comes to the new Before Watchmen prequel comics. In fact, I’d guess that if he could get away with firebombing the DC offices in protest, he just might. The latest sign of his eternal dedication to the purity of his work comes from an interview in which Moore talks about turning down a giant pile of money, $2 million in fact, offered to him by DC to get on board with the books.
In the interview with Left Lion, Moore had this to say:
Well, they asked me if they could give me a huge amount of money to bring out these Watchmen prequel comics – which they were going to do anyway – and that was probably a couple of million dollars. I should imagine with all of the films it would be another few million? In a way it’s really empowering to do that.
You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway. I’d advise everyone to do it, otherwise you’re going to end up mastered by money and that’s not a thing you want ruling your life. Money’s fine if it enables you to enjoy your life and to be useful to other people. But as something that is a means to an end, no, it’s useless.
Considering that they were already going to make them and that $2 million is a bit of cash to just toss aside, I may be inclined to think him a true nutter. Personally, I’m a fan of the new books and happy to see a revisit to Moore’s world. It would have been even better if Moore himself could have been involved in the process.
So what do the gentle Nerdreaders think? Take the money and run or stand fast and tall in the belief that no one is allowed to touch something as sacred as Watchmen?
Thanks to the folks at blastr for the heads-up.