Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic is a timeless classic. The limited series graphic novel has a rich history as being one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The alternative history murder mystery surrounding former superheroes employed by the government was a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero and was infused with politics as well as the idea of a “dark side” to heroes and has always been heralded as a perfect story. For a long time, the series was deemed “unfilmable” by its creators. Zack Snyder did a fairly accurate film adaptation of the comic back in 2009 that was met with mixed results. Some thought it was too much like the comic and others thought that the ending didn’t ring true to the original (changing the surprise at the end). The Director’s Cut of the film helped flesh it out even more than the theatrical cut. Either way, it was a worthy effort. Recently there have been talks about a reboot for the comic and it looks like we might get a TV adaptation.
Alan Moore says he is pretty much done with comics and for many fans it will mark the end of an era in comics much like the Gold and Silver ages. His run on Swamp Thing, The Killing Joke, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen litter comic book must read lists on the Internet. Don’t fret though, Moore says there are a couple of things left to do before he calls it quits forever on comic books. (more…)
In a world of ever-increasing superhero movies, there are times where the film will not jive 100% with the source material, especially with live action adaptations. As great as our film-making technology has gotten, this is still the world of the fantastical. At times, the films are slated to be more in “the real world” or at least toned down a little. Sometimes the story-line doesn’t mesh 100% completely with what was within the comic. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, due to corporate reasons and film rights issues, not every character could be in the film adaptation of that comic book crossover event. However, the film adaptation uses the “less is more” approach and made one hell of a film that ended up, arguably, better than the source material. Batman v Superman also took liberties with the story-lines it borrowed from to try and make a complete film. That’s just how it goes with adapting and transferring a story from one medium to another.
In animation, there are even more liberties that can be taken in regards to adapting a comic book. For one, the animation visually looks similar to the comic book, as even casual fans find it easier. Instead of comics that are read from page to page, they are viewed in animation form and it’s easier on the eyes. Also with animation, the studios have been doing it for a longer time and thus have more experience in this form of storytelling. We’ve only had “really good” superhero films for the better part of the last decade, while we’ve had really good animation for much longer. Simply put, the studios are better at doing it in animation form. No one has had more practice (and success) than the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. They simply know their source material and have done a stellar job in their direct-to-video films surrounding DC Comics properties. With more than 28 films under their belt, they have gotten very good at what they do.
Which is why their latest adaptation, Batman: The Killing Joke is such a letdown. (more…)
It’s one of the most well-known Batman stories ever written, one that’s influenced the comics, the movies and all other Batman ephemera for almost 30 years now, and as you’re undoubtedly already aware, Batman: The Killing Joke is coming soon to a Blu-ray player near you. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment announced last year that they were taking on the seminal Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story and bringing it to life in a new animated film, and now you’re only a few months away from seeing it for yourself. Mark your calendars, because Warners knows exactly when you’ll get your chance to see The Killing Joke. (more…)
Here’s a bizarre piece of news, they want to make The Killing Joke a cartoon. The seminal 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland remains a touchstone, a standout amongst the thousands of stories about Batman to unfold over his nearly 80 year history. It was an inspiration for Tim Burton when he made Batman in 1989, and to Christopher Nolan when he made The Dark Knight in 2008, but now it’s going to be its own movie, and in animation form. Amongst the upcoming slate of DC Comics Animated films to be released in the next year, it’s been officially confirmed that one of them will be The Killing Joke. (more…)
Word is making the Internet rounds today that Fox is gearing up to give Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen another go at the big screen. I wouldn’t get any hopes up that Moore might pitch in on the script, he’s more likely to set the script on fire with his mind powers. What we do know is that Fox has brought on Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly to oversee the remake. (more…)
Although it’s one of the most revered Batman stories ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke still has its critics. Primarily, The Killing Joke is an example of “woman in the fridge,” even before the term came into popular use in the 90s. Basically, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is shot and paralyzed by the Joker as a means to torture her father Commissioner Gordon, and although the comics eventually built Barbara back up as the powerful information broker Oracle before she got the use of her legs back, many still read a misogynistic turn in the book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. So when the artist on the current Batgirl series decided to pay homage to The Killing Joke for a special variant cover, let’s just say it reopened old wounds. (more…)
There might just be some zombie like life left in the 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later franchise. Although it has been eight years since the second film, 28 Days Later script writer and 28 Weeks Later Producer Alex Garland is raising hopes that a third movie in the rage virus horror movie franchise might just get rolling soon. Days and Weeks both did well at the box office, with the Days earned ten times its production budget while the follow-up Weeks earned a very respectable return of six times its budget. What’s Garland have to say about a possible third film? (more…)
Alan Moore’s Graphic Novels are long, intricate and complex works; lets just get that out in the open first of all. The question remains: How does one condense the complexity of a 600 page Graphic Novel and squash it into a two-hour film without having to compromise the source material? Well, quite frankly its a major directorial feat, and an almost impossible at that, just going from past film adaptations. That’s not to say the film adaptations aren’t great. Good or bad, it’s all to do with how emotionally attached one is to the source material. For example individuals’ who hadn’t read the source material for Watchmen, V For Vendetta or From Hell might have loved some aspects of each of the movies, even though those who’ve read the source material might have a much different opinion on the adaptations. It just boils down to individual tastes really. There is probably one exception, which is the last film Sean Connery acted in before his retirement (…pretty unlucky to bow out to a universally loathed movie). We are, of course, talking about A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. (more…)
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Also, do you like details? You’re in luck! Here’s something close to that… sort of! On the show this week, Jeremy and Jason discuss: (more…)