Watchmen creator attacks 300, Snyder and Miller
There was a time when I understood Alan Moore's position on the film versions of his comics, in essence they'd been taken away from him and made into films without his say. I even felt for him despite the fact he'd signed a contract.
Still, his latest rant is particularly ignorant and, if the comments are correct, hits out against Frank Miller for his creation of the 300 comic, the 300 film, and therefore Zack Snyder himself, and it doesn't bode well for the Watchmen adaptation either.
It's been known for some time that Alan Moore has been against the film adaptations of his comic books, previously we've heard that he doesn't care about Watchmen, and didn't care for V for Vendetta - that last one is an interesting story and did make me think that perhaps Moore had a point.
However let's be realisitc about this, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman was good fun, V for Vendetta (Filmstalker review) was a strong adaptation, and Watchmen looks to be the best and most faithful to date.
However he doesn't care yet again, and according to Digital Spy his comments have been quite harsh about Watchmen and 300 (Filmstalker review), Zack Snyder's previous work. He was asked by Entertainment Weekly if he was interested in Snyder's version of his story, and he said:
"I would rather not know."
He went further, talking about if the studio had even been in contact:
"No, they've all been told not to. They get the message... I don't want anyone who works for DC comic books to contact me ever again, or I'll change my number."
Well that might be a good thing for everyone when you hear the following rant on Snyder and:
"He's the person who made 300. I've not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn't particularly like the book 300...I had a lot of problems with it, and everything I heard or saw about the film tended to increase [those problems] rather than reduce them: [that] it was racist, it was homophobic, and above all it was sublimely stupid."
What the hell was he reading or how was he talking to? Certainly wasn't anyone I know, or anyone who loves cinema. That film did spectacularly well, and those that claimed racism and homophobia were trash media and ignorant people of the type that believe videogames create killers and such.
These kind of negative and attacking comments against a film that the person making them hasn't even seen are reminiscent of the kind of attacks made against horror films by American censorship groups, particularly staunch religious ones.
Hard to believe that this kind of closed off mentality has come from the man who created such violent and explicit comics himself.
Well Mr Moore, I bought and read the follow-up to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and I can tell you, that was rubbish. You know what though? I took the time to buy and read it, I didn't take second hand the gossip about the story from unreliable sources and trashy gossip media.
You see for me this is where Moore is making a fool of himself and aligning his comments with those of fringe groups that judge everything without seeing it and want to ban and control everything that doesn't meet with their own rules.
He should see them before decrying them and the people behind them, what would he do if he actually liked them or found something positive in them? Then that hugely negative view of the studios wouldn't hold up so well in the media. What must Frank Miller, Zack Snyder, James McTeigue, Stephen Norrington and all the stars and crew of the films think of him blasting the films without giving them a chance?
I think he should see them, I've seen them and I liked them, and they've been getting better. Oh, and before anyone has a go, yes I have read the comics of all of the films too.