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The Suspense is Over: Alan Moore Comments On "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | July 16, 2013 | Comments ()


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When we reported last week that Fox had picked up the pilot for a television series based on “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, the news was so fresh breaking that it ran before Alan Moore (he wrote the graphic novel entitled the same, do try to keep up) could slouch to the nearest keyboard an unleash his baleful wail. Well, he got there:

“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.”

I must say that I’m a bit disappointed. I had three reactions to news of the show. First, I thought it sounded quite exciting. Second, I made the automatic joke to myself about Fox cancelling it if it’s any good. And third, I figured that at least 30% of the show’s appeal would be Alan Moore’s reactions to it. This is a sigh, a shrug, a few mild words that he has already said everything, and what difference has it ever made.

This is a man whose wikiquote page has more glorious poetic proclamations from interviews than from all his books combined. The man is a mad genius with a dictionary embedded in his cranium and the natural speaking rhythm of a poet.

If he’s not going to whirl blades of words over this, I think we need to follow him around with cameras recording him until he does. Based on Moore’s opinions regarding surveillance and conspiracies, he probably won’t even think the cameras are new, only newly noticed.




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  • wes bryant

    "The man is a mad genius with a dictionary embedded in his cranium and the natural speaking rhythm of a poet." how's that community college writing course going, well .... or possibly..... good ? quite a quandary isn't it my little wordsmith?

  • alboalt

    Traded for him with an Indian, who said he came by him honestly. I gave up two dental mirrors and a bottle of expectorant. Do either of you need medical attention?

  • Jezzer

    I personally hope that the show is terrible AND inexplicably popular, like Glee, just for the palpitations it would give to Beardo the Unkempt up there.

  • sanity fair

    I had to upvote for the use of "palpitations" and "Beardo the Unkempt."

  • Marc Greene

    From another message board about this that I think is totally on point:

    "I suspect Alan is being 'post-ironic' or something. How else to explain the creator of a comic book featuring century-old characters borrowed from other creators(and then there's his greatest hit - Watchmen - based on
    thinly-disguised versions of pre-existing characters) chastising others
    for going 'through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to
    recycle things'. He can't be unaware of the hypocrisy there." - dbhbarton

  • Superasente

    Everything I need to know about Alan Moore I learned by reading his very graphic novel "Neonomicon," which is a supposedly HP Lovecraft inspired story in which a woman suffers a prolonged rape. 22 pages of rape, graphically portrayed in detailed art. I'm a huge Lovecraft fan so it was an easy sell for my comic shop guy. It's the only comic book I've ever returned.

    When I started to look back on his stories I started seeing rape everywhere. Miracleman'a got rape. Watchmen's got it. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has anal rape. From Hell is a story that revolves around the rape and mutilation of women. V For Vendetta's got some rape. His only novel, "Voice of the Fire" includes some rape. He's a dude who's got rape on the brain. He's a "rapey" guy.

    Perhaps if he appeared to be telling this same story over and over to shed light on it, or to champion the strength of the human spirit somehow, I could find some appreciation. But that's not how it is in his stories. In Neonomicon and Watchmen the victim of the rape/attempted rape falls in love with her rapist. In Leage it's totally superfluous to the story. In Miracleman it's to produce a trite shock. There's never any substance or message behind it. He's not a brilliant writer; he's just some gross old misogynist who can't find anything else to write about.

  • Idle Primate

    I've never understood all the praise heaped on Moore.

  • Fredo

    Don't pick up Lost Girls.

  • Tracer Bullet

    To be fair, it was man (monster?)-on-man rape in LXG, so maybe he's not a misogynist. He's just a guy who's really into rape. Of course, "Watchmen" also included a really uncomfortable incest vibe and he wrote "Lost Girls," which
    . . . whoo, boy. So maybe he's just generally a pervert.

  • Boo_Radley

    Beardy Bastard!

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    Watchmen wasn't even a good film, never mind an adaptation.

  • TK

    Amen. A-fucking-men.

  • Maguita NYC

    The man is mad with a dick embedded in his cranium, and the natural spanking rhythm of a priest.

    FTFY.

  • Conor

    Look, I deeply love a lot of Moore's work, but he's almost completely poisoned that respect with his ceaseless bitching and constant defecation on anyone who tries to adapt his work.

    Granted, some of it has been pretty poorly done, but I thought Watchmen was the best adaptation it could've been in a single-film format.

    Regarding his remark about Hollywood being creatively bankrupt (which they mostly are, to be fair), many of his most famous works were either based on other people's characters (Batman, Superman, LXG) or heavily, heavily inspired by them (Watchmen).

    /nerd rant

  • sanity fair

    When I read "/nerd rant," I totally got a picture of Liz Lemon yelling, "NERD RAGE!" And I giggled. So thank you for that.

    Also, you make a very good point.

  • space_oddity
  • sanity fair

    You are awesome.

  • TCH

    He has become pretty odd.

  • Nick Rowley

    "has become"?

  • TCH

    Ok is.

  • Fredo

    Agree on Watchmen. It was as good an adaptation as we are ever going to get of such a sprawling book. A 12-episode miniseries would just rehash the graphic novel with more navel-gazing. And no one needs that.

    That said, most of the adaptations on his work have been average (Swamp Thing, V For Vendetta) to poor (Constantine, From Hell) to downright awful (LXG, Swamp Thing 2). So he has reason for not being positive on any adaptation of his works.

  • Idle Primate

    I don't think the swamp thing films are adapted from his work on the established character.

  • foolsage

    Correct. The first Swamp Thing movie came out in 1982, and the movie spurred Marvel to relaunch the comics. Moore's work on Swamp Thing (as well as his creation of a certain trenchcoated blond British supporting character) came after the relaunch.

  • J.R. Paperstacks

    Swamp Thing is a DC property.

  • foolsage

    D'oh; you're quite right. Swamp Thing was basically what led to DC's Vertigo line. I knew better. Silly mistake.

  • Idle Primate

    I always forget john constantine was spawned in the swamp.

    I was the absolute perfect age for the swamp thing movie when it came out. Good ol wes craven. And there sure weren't many comics movies then like we are spoilt with now.

  • Aaron Schulz

    I think i love you

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