Famed author of graphic novels Watchmen, The Killing Joke, and V for Vendetta, Alan Moore, who’s known for speaking out harshly over the years about adaptations of his work, recently lashed out against the superhero movie genre in general, calling it a “really worrying sign” that so many adults were now lining up in droves to see these heroes on the big screen.
Talking to Deadline, the reclusive writer, who’s been hyper-critical of pretty much every movie based on his books, like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Watchmen (the 2009 film and the HBO series), said “most people equate comics with superhero movies now. That adds another layer of difficulty for me. I haven’t seen a superhero movie since the first Tim Burton Batman film. They have blighted cinema, and also blighted culture to a degree.”
“Several years ago I said I thought it was a really worrying sign, that hundreds of thousands of adults were queuing up to see characters that were created 50 years ago to entertain 12-year-old boys,” Moore continued. “That seemed to speak to some kind of longing to escape from the complexities of the modern world, and go back to a nostalgic, remembered childhood. That seemed dangerous, it was infantilizing the population.”
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Speaking about the his highly-influential Batman story, The Killing Joke, Moore stated “I’ve been told the Joker film wouldn’t exist without my Joker story, but three months after I’d written that I was disowning it, it was far too violent – it was Batman for christ’s sake, it’s a guy dressed as a bat. Increasingly I think the best version of Batman was Adam West, which didn’t take it at all seriously.”
“I have no interest in superheroes,” he said. “They were a thing that was invented in the late 1930s for children, and they are perfectly good as children’s entertainment. But if you try to make them for the adult world then I think it becomes kind of grotesque.”
Recently. HBO’s Watchmen sequel series, from Damon Lindelof — which IGN named the Best TV Series of 2019 — won the Emmy for best limited series, while cast members Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won the limited series category’s lead actress and best supporting actor awards, respectively.