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…)
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…)
For once, it’s NOT because he wrote the comic book it’s based on and he’s an impossible to please twelve-cylinder wackaloon.
It’s because his FRIEND wrote the comic book it’s based on–being a twelve-cylinder wackaloon is incidental this time.
There is, of course, a bit more to it than that: Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Due to the kind of legal BS the comics industry is infamous for, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan Moore, btw) received no compensation when his comic was optioned for film adaptation. Steve Moore did not contest this, but asked that his name be taken off the film, given that he would not be making a cent from it–not to mention the fact that the film version took a great deal of creative liberties with his work, but more on that later… (more…)
No, this is not a story about Alan Moore. I think, by now, we all know Alan Moore’s opinion on the issue of DC Comics, adaptations of his works, and life in general. No, this time the Constantine co-creator in question is Stephen Bissette, who worked on the Saga of the Swamp Thing with Moore from 1983 to 1987 including issue #37 that introduced the character of John Constantine. And with interest in the character high thanks to the proposed NBC series about him starring Matt Ryan, Bissette’s getting a lot of requests for some comment. So what is a semi-retired comic book artist to do? Well, Bissette addressed an open letter to DC Comics on his Facebook page to pose them that very question. (more…)
Zack Snyder‘s film adaptation of Alan Moore‘s hugely popular, critically acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen has no shortage of critics (including Moore himself….for the record, I personally loved it). Of the many aspects of the adaptation often derided, none receive more complaints than the way screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse handled the story’s apocalyptic climax.
Film producer Joel Silver once had plans to make a Watchmen adaptation–with Terry Gilliam at the helm–and few in Hollywood are more critical of Snyder’s film (sour grapes?).
Follow the jump, and read how Silver and Gilliam’s flick would have ended:
PS: If you haven’t read Moore’s graphic novel, or seen Snyder’s film–the following article WILL SPOIL THE ENDINGS to both (and shame on you, btw). (more…)
Sometimes I think we should just have a scrum with Alan Moore and keep repeating the same question over and over again, “Who else do you hate?!” In a new (and lengthy) interview, Moore talked about a great many things, but what stuck out was the revelation of the one man who he blames, more than any other, for all the terribleness that has befallen the modern comic book industry. And this devil’s name, is Grant Morrison! (more…)
Despite the good work that he has done within the realm of superhero comics with Watchmen, The Killing Joke, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, there is an impulse to completely tune out Alan Moore’s recent caustic remarks about comic heroes and our continued fascination with them, but is there merit to what he says? (more…)
Oh, Alan Moore. Is there anything you don’t hate? The talented writer, seemingly the crankiest old man alive today, is once again voicing his opinion on why he disapproves of something. And this time around, it’s the popularity of super heroes that he’s bashing. Read on for all the fun times. (more…)
For those of you that have not heard of the Northampton Clown, here’s the back story. In the quaint British town of Northampton, a clown, and let’s face it, he’s a SINISTER looking clown, and he’s been popping up on street corners waving at passersby. The clown even has a Facebook page with over 150k followers. No one knows who this guy is because he doesn’t stay around long enough for anyone to find out.
There’s another famous resident of Northampton who many have wondered if there might be a connection between the two, Alan Moore. That’s right, Alan Moore, who’s been known to create some pretty creepy characters himself. Moore told the Northampton Herald and Post:
Apparently there had been a certain amount of comment on the internet suggesting probably some connection. No it’s not me.
I am getting kind of used to this.
After having a comic strip I wrote 30 years ago spewing masked anarchists across the global political stage for the past couple of years.
Things that I write do have a tendency to spill into reality.
Having heard about this apparently local clown epidemic then I wonder. However the fact that we don’t have anything to do with it will not stop us from exploiting this strange chance occurrence. Me and Mitch were quite tickled by that…
Now, we can be sure that it isn’t Moore beneath all that makeup, but whether or not he has a hand in this somewhere is not really clear. If you read the interview closely, he never officially states that he has nothing to do with the whole thing, just that the whole area is strange and weird things happen there all the time.
The Telegraph recently talked with a person purporting to be the clown, but how can we really know, I mean how could they? The Telegraph reported:
He said he felt people were misinterpreting his intentions to cause mischief around the town, and said he would continue to mysteriously appear for as long as people stay interested.
“Hopefully they will soon see it as a bit of harmless fun,” he said. “We shall see how it goes.
He added: “My actual age is two hundred and ninety eight and I come out of hibernation every thirty years.”
What do you think? I’m hoping that this doesn’t end with some drunk guys and a baseball bat beating the crap out of the clown, or a frightened parent over-reacting, or a scared kid running into the street and getting hit by a car.
Once word hit the Internet that Fox was planning on adapting Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as a TV series, fans have been waiting for the Alan-Moore-Shoe to drop. Unsurprisingly, Moore isn’t exactly thrilled to see Hollywood messing around with another of his comic book creations, let alone tweaking it twice.
Entertainment Weekly picked up the baton and asked Moore about Fox’s plan to turn his iconic comic into a weekly TV show. In patented Moore style, he brought up the failure of the 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery to make his point and said:
Me and [co-creator] Kevin [O’Neill] have been chuckling about that one, we only heard about it the other day. When [DC Comics] did the recent Watchmen prequel comics I said all of sorts of deeply offensive things about the modern entertainment industry clearly having no ideas of its own and having to go through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to recycle things…
The announcement that there is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series hasn’t caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.
What surprised me the most is how relaxed the tone of Moore’s response was, usually he’s much more animated in style and word choice, perhaps he’s mellowing with age.
I have to agree with Moore concerning the 2003 movie though, it sucked balls compared to the comic series. There’s still the slim chance the producers of the TV show might stick close to the source material, but they certainly aren’t going to get any help from Moore on that account.
What do you think about the whole thing?