'Watchmen' Creator Alan Moore: Superhero Movies May Have Contributed To Trump's Rise
Alan Moore - the famous British co-creator of the graphic novels "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" and author of dozens of DC and Marvel comics - offered heavy criticism of comics, arguing that superhero films may very well have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit.
"I'm not that interested in comics anymore," Moore said in a rare interview in Deadline on Friday. He is promoting his upcoming film "The Show," a nightmarish story set in Northampton, England.
Moore retired from comic book writing in 2018 after the release of the final installment in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, which inspired the 2003 Sean Connery film of the same name.
"I had been doing comics for 40 years when I finally retired," said Moore. “When I got into the comic industry, the big draw was that it was a vulgar medium. It was created to entertain working class people, especially children. The way the industry has changed is now "Graphic Novels". The price is aimed exclusively at a middle-class audience. I have nothing against bourgeois people, but it wasn't intended as a medium for middle-aged hobbyists. It should be a medium for people who don't have a lot of money. "
Moore added that mainstream audiences these days are more likely to equate comics with superhero films, much to their displeasure. Moore slowly turned away from superhero stories over the course of his career, in part due to his negative experiences working with DC, who "successfully cheated" on him by restricting contracts after the release of "Watchmen" in the 1980s .
Since then, Moore has criticized films based on his stories. After the film "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" was negatively received, Moore asked that his name be removed from all film versions of his work. Neither the 2009 film, based on his landmark comic series "Watchmen," nor HBO's sequel to the 2019 TV series bear his name.
"I haven't seen a superhero movie since the first Tim Burton" Batman "movie," Moore told Deadline. “They have spoiled the cinema and also the culture to a certain extent. A few years ago I said I thought it was a really worrying sign that hundreds of thousands of adults were lining up to see characters that were created 50 years ago to entertain 12 year old boys. That seemed to speak for a kind of longing to escape the complexity of the modern world and return to a nostalgic, remembered childhood. That seemed dangerous; it infantilized the population. "
Moore - who added that he thought the best version of "Batman" was the 1966 campy Adam West TV show "that didn't take it seriously" - speculated that an overabundance of superhero cinema might even have led to the flow political state of the world.
"It may be a coincidence, but when the American people voted for a Nazi Satsuma in 2016 and the UK voted to leave the European Union, six of the top-twelve highest-grossing films were superhero," Moore said. "Not to say that one causes the other, but I think they are both symptoms of the same thing - a denial of reality and an urge to find simple and sensational solutions."
Read the entire interview here.
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