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.
It’s difficult to make a bad adaptation when you’re working from source material as rich and absorbing as anything written by Alan Moore, but the complexity of his writing isn’t easy to condense into the relatively small space of a feature length film. For this reason, many fans of Moore’s work – and Moore himself – tend to be critical of film adaptions of his comic books and graphic novels. Zack Snyder‘s 2009 cinematic adapation of Watchmen got exactly this response. Though it was praised for its dark take on the superhero genre and was largely a faithful adaptation of the source material, some felt that a lot of the deeper themes were lost on those who weren’t already familiar with the story. (more…)
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…)
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…)
A little while ago, the Internetz barfed up a little bit of news regarding the long-passed Zack Snyder adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel. It appears as if Joel Silver had a few things to say regarding the way the movie ended and how Terry Gilliam (a director previously attached to the film) would have changed things. His words seemed to imply that he didn’t really like Snyder’s ending and that Gilliam’s was the obvious better choice. Now, it looks like Snyder is firing back with his own opinion on the matter. Read on to hear what Snyder had to say. (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…)
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…)
It’s a renaissance for race car movies! Coming soon from Dreamworks is an adaptation of Need for Speed, Legendary Pictures is developing a movie based on Hot Wheels, and let’s not forget the Fast and Furious franchise (even though it’s less about car racing now), so it only makes sense that Sony is trying to put its own racing flick into development, an adaptation of the Gran Turismo. Interested? Well, it all begins with the script, and to tell the adventures of… cars… racing, Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse has been tasked with its development. (more…)
After two decades of development and several different directors, Watchmen finally hit the big screen… And bombed. So what? One movie doesn’t make a difference, right? Well, let’s ask the game designer in charge of BioShock.
Kevin Levine was recently talking to Eurogamer about what was once to be the Gore Verbinski-directed adaptation of the popular video game. According to Levine, it was the less-than-stellar box office reception for the film version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that convinced the studio to think twice about going forward with a big budget BioShock movie.
Here’s what Levine had to say:
“My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film, then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film… They brought another director in, and I didn’t really see the match there – and 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it…
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he said. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
Fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that they didn’t get what might have ended up being a watered down version of their favorite game, but will there ever be a BioShock movie now, I wonder. Time will tell.
Bastards: What do you think of this development? Do you think Levine is right? What else do you think Watchmen killed?
Another bit of blasphemy and bliss, all rolled into one, it is the Before Watchmen series and, if DC has their way, it may just go on forever. The latest news concerns the addition of one more two-issue mini-series to the run. Being as how all the major characters have been covered, who could they possibly be focusing on now? Turns out that the not-so-major character of Moloch will be the new title’s subject.
Moloch played a small but important role in the original Watchmen series and has been making brief appearances in the new comics as well. Still, one has to wonder at what could be so compelling about the character that DC has decided they want to tack him on to the new releases.
J. Michael Straczynski is set to write the new story with Eduardo Risso in charge of the art. The fact that Straczynski is in charge and that it was his inspiration that brought about the story’s concept in the first place gives me some degree of hope, but I have begun to grow fearful of what this may portend.
I’ve been a supporter of the addition of new Watchmen material, but personally it feels like they’re digging a little bit deep here. DC has already stated that they’ll keep producing more Before Watchmen as long as people keep buying them. It has all the signs of a money-munching franchise in the making. This leads me to worry that DC will just tack it into their existing lines and keep going with the thing until the apocalypse comes, milking if for all it’s worth and slowly draining away the continuity and purpose of Alan Moore’s original creation.
The two issues of Before Watchmen: Moloch will be hitting stands on November 7th and December 26th. They will (hopefully) be followed by the single-issue epilogue that sounds the end of the Watchmen revisit, stopping it before it gets too out of hand.
Thanks to blastr for the info.