Watchmen Author Alan Moore Won’t be Watching the Movie
“I try to do things in comics that cannot be repeated by television by movies by interactive entertainment,” says Watchmen author, Alan Moore. Moore’s opinion is that the film industry is responsible for “watering down our collective cultural imagination.”
Yet Watchmen is not the first work of the graphic novelist to be translated to film. In 2001, the movie From Hell starring Johnny Depp was released, in 2003 it was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, then V for Vendetta and Constantine (the protagonist in the Hellblazer series), hit cinemas in 2005.
Moore is known to be reclusive and has even been referred to as a hermit so it’s no wonder that he’s avoiding the sensationalism and hype surrounding this week’s opening of the Watchmen movie. His Wild Man of Borneo appearance may be more suited to staying at his Northampton terraced home than attending a Hollywood red-carpet movie premiere anyhow.
You won’t see Moore’s name on the credits for Watchmen nor on a pay cheque for the movie – his share of the proceeds are going to Watchmen illustrator, Dave Gibbons. Moore has even been quoted as mischievously saying about the film, “And I can tell you that I will also be spitting venom all over it for months to come.”
While eschewing the Hollywood hubbub, Moore will see indirect financial benefits. To meet the curiosity engendered by the movie, DC comics has published an additional 900,000 copies of Watchmen.