The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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…)
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?
Sounds like a “What If…?” concept, especially if you read Christ-like allegories into Harry Potter’s biography, but it seems that in the latest installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, Century 2009, includes a reference to The Boy Who Lived, and in true League style, turns the character on his head.
Century 2009 will be released this week, and Independent critic Laura Sneddon has given details on why and how the Potter pastiche turned up in the story:
At no point does Moore use the words “Harry” or “Potter”, but a magical train hidden between platforms at King’s Cross station, leading to a magical school where there are flashbacks of psychotic adolescent rage and whimpering children pleading for their life, all strewn with molten corpses, does rather suggest a link to the Boy Who Lived. A hidden scar and a mentor named Riddle, though possessed as he is by the real villain, completes the picture.
So Antichrist Potter goes to Bizarro Hogwarts where Voldemort is his mentor? That’s messed up, Alan Moore. According to Sneddon, the depiction is “a commentary on a perceived degradation of society, both in our world and the fictional … originality is visibly dwindling, while major franchises and celebrity biographies are relentlessly pushed upon us.”
So what’s Moore trying to say here? If we’re to reach for some trivia, Comics Beat reminds us that Moore featured an original character named “Harold Potter” in his 1991 book Lost Girls, a full six years before the first Harry Potter novel was published.
But could there be something more cynical afoot? The movie rights to Harry Potter are owned by Warner Bros, who also owns DC Comics, home of Moore’s Watchmen and its hated new prequel Before Watchmen. Could Moore be taking a swipe at his old boss? That maybe stretching.
Still, this affair probably won’t do much to quell calls of hypocrisy against Moore since he’s more than happy to use and abuse (maybe?) other people’s characters for his benefit.
Let the debate begin! Tell us what you guys think below.
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