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V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore thinks that superheroes don't mean what they used to

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I think we all know how Alan Moore feels about the adaptations of his own works. The writer and creator of V FOR VENDETTA, WATCHMEN, and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN has said in the past that most of his stories were designed to be unfilmable. When the adaptations were made, Moore wanted to distance himself from them and even asked that his name be taken off any credits.

If you've read anything Moore has written, when superheroes are present, so to speak, they are unconventional. They aren't packaged and placed on the shelves at your local Wal-Mart. You don't see 5-year olds trick-r-treating as The Comedian. When talking with The Guardian about his latest comic, Fashion Beast, the interviewer mentions that several writers including Neil Gaiman have cited Moore as an influence. Moore explains doesn't mind this as long as he isn't being blatantly ripped off then says, "Grant Morrison has actually self-confessedly made a tactic of not only basing some of his narratives on my style or my work but also trying to make himself more famous by slagging me off at every opportunity. I have nothing to do with him."

The interviewer states that Geoff Johns based his Green Lantern series on Moore's "Tygers", this then causes a loaded rant at heroes of today:

"Now, see. I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don't think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."

Moore's Fashion Beast was a film idea that was abandoned 28-years ago so the adaptation here is not quite the same as what has been done with his comic creations. The writer seems to almost scoff at this idea saying:

"It was certainly a lot more agreeable from my point of view. My main point about films is that I don't like the adaptation process, and I particularly don't like the modern way of comic book-film adaptations, where, essentially, the central characters are just franchises that can be worked endlessly to no apparent point. In most cases, the original comic books were far superior to the film. With this, it started out as my first-ever film script or attempt at one. I was pleased with the results and I think that Malcolm was quite pleased with the results, but through circumstances quite unconnected to either of us the film never got made. So it was kind of existing in a weird hinterland of my memory."

Is Moore correct in his thoughts on superheroes? Also, should anyone have even bothered adapting WATCHMEN or V FOR VENDETTA?

Source: The Guardian

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12:18PM on 11/27/2013

Moore is a talented genius who takes himself too seriously!

Moore revolutionized comics with "Watchmen", "V for Vendetta", "Promethea", Top Ten" , "Mr. Miracle" and his runs on "Swamp Thing", "WildC.A.T.S" and so much more (Moore?). I agree that others have come along following in his tradition, Some, like Warren Ellis, Brian Michael Bendis and Garth Ennis are great in their own right but others like Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan are more like wannabe's. Why? Because Morrison and Milligan are very good at coming up with interesting concepts and
Moore revolutionized comics with "Watchmen", "V for Vendetta", "Promethea", Top Ten" , "Mr. Miracle" and his runs on "Swamp Thing", "WildC.A.T.S" and so much more (Moore?). I agree that others have come along following in his tradition, Some, like Warren Ellis, Brian Michael Bendis and Garth Ennis are great in their own right but others like Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan are more like wannabe's. Why? Because Morrison and Milligan are very good at coming up with interesting concepts and plot twists but unlike Moore, Ellis, Bendis and Ennis, they rarely have plausible outcomes for all the creative buildup. Morrison's and Milligan's storylines end up all over the map and make little sense when they all play out. But Moore is also too sensitive in other ways: "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" are excellent adaptations of his complex work! I don't blame him for wanting to slaughter everyone involved with the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" debacle. That, truly, was horrible.
Moore comes across bitter and his overall look and questionable hygiene shows he's a very eccentric guy. Get over yourself, Moore. Lighten up!
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1:46AM on 11/27/2013

I don't think he's read ANYTHING new since he wrote Watchmen

Seriously, if you've seen any of his latest "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" issues, you know what I'm talking about. He's progressed forward in time to the point where now he's using literary characters who are still relevant today, but with a total lack of awareness toward the modern understanding of their personas. It's resulting in him reinventing the wheel pointlessly, and it makes the stories feel tired. The guy is *not* with the times, and hey, there's nothing wrong with that per
Seriously, if you've seen any of his latest "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" issues, you know what I'm talking about. He's progressed forward in time to the point where now he's using literary characters who are still relevant today, but with a total lack of awareness toward the modern understanding of their personas. It's resulting in him reinventing the wheel pointlessly, and it makes the stories feel tired. The guy is *not* with the times, and hey, there's nothing wrong with that per se...but just don't presume to then criticize the times as if you know at all what you're talking about.

Just stick with satirizing colonial era Britain and the 60s-70s free love movement, Moore.
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3:34PM on 11/26/2013
"I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."

I think it's an alarming sign when a grown man has the personal hygiene skills and fashion sense of a 12 year-old boy. Enjoy your scorpion rings and finger claws you jaded old windbag.
"I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."

I think it's an alarming sign when a grown man has the personal hygiene skills and fashion sense of a 12 year-old boy. Enjoy your scorpion rings and finger claws you jaded old windbag.
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4:05PM on 11/26/2013
I think the problem is that Alan Moore is a talented writer, who probably wished he hadn't made his fortune in writing comic books, and now is trying to somehow create an intellectual distance. Unfortunately, what he perceives as distance is perceived a ungrateful hypocrisy by everybody else.
I think the problem is that Alan Moore is a talented writer, who probably wished he hadn't made his fortune in writing comic books, and now is trying to somehow create an intellectual distance. Unfortunately, what he perceives as distance is perceived a ungrateful hypocrisy by everybody else.
3:23PM on 11/26/2013
Hasn't read superhero comics since he finished writing Watchmen? That was back in the fricking mid-80's!!!!!
I loved his run on Swamp Thing, but I guess I fell out of comic books in my early 20's. I really need to catch back up.
Hasn't read superhero comics since he finished writing Watchmen? That was back in the fricking mid-80's!!!!!
I loved his run on Swamp Thing, but I guess I fell out of comic books in my early 20's. I really need to catch back up.
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2:01PM on 11/26/2013

Hypocrite and possibly bi-polar

How anyone even thinks Alan Moore is anything but a rambling clown past his prime at this point is beyond me. He wrote some good stories in the past, but his recent temper tantrums and inconsistent ramblings have heavily tarnished his work. That he even tried to imply that his comic work was for 9-13 year old's is laughable. Go write some stories based on other peoples public domain characters, you washed up old nut.
How anyone even thinks Alan Moore is anything but a rambling clown past his prime at this point is beyond me. He wrote some good stories in the past, but his recent temper tantrums and inconsistent ramblings have heavily tarnished his work. That he even tried to imply that his comic work was for 9-13 year old's is laughable. Go write some stories based on other peoples public domain characters, you washed up old nut.
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11:55AM on 11/26/2013
I respect Alan Moore and his opinions. I'm not well-versed in comics, but I did read Watchmen (while I liked what the movie did with the the Comedian, overall I didn't care for the film). At the same time, while I agree that superheroes don't mean what they used to, he's not offering up very concrete examples. It's just a guy giving his candid opinion without really backing it up because he's far enough removed from modern interpretations to make a coherent argument beyond the basics. And
I respect Alan Moore and his opinions. I'm not well-versed in comics, but I did read Watchmen (while I liked what the movie did with the the Comedian, overall I didn't care for the film). At the same time, while I agree that superheroes don't mean what they used to, he's not offering up very concrete examples. It's just a guy giving his candid opinion without really backing it up because he's far enough removed from modern interpretations to make a coherent argument beyond the basics. And Wathmen and V for Vendetta are original works, so probably don't fall under the umbrella of superheroes in the same way that Green Lantern does.
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11:07AM on 11/26/2013

A take it with a grain of salt.

This is a guy who has a tremendous body of work. I can't turn around and say the guy responsible for The Watchmen doesn't know anything about comics. That said, the fact that he turned his back on superheroes decades ago, but then proceeds to dissect what they've become is telling. Moore is highly opinionated, and he's earned my respect. But I don't have to agree with him. Yeah, I'm 38, and I still read superhero comic books. I don't exclusively read comics, and I don't think they have become
This is a guy who has a tremendous body of work. I can't turn around and say the guy responsible for The Watchmen doesn't know anything about comics. That said, the fact that he turned his back on superheroes decades ago, but then proceeds to dissect what they've become is telling. Moore is highly opinionated, and he's earned my respect. But I don't have to agree with him. Yeah, I'm 38, and I still read superhero comic books. I don't exclusively read comics, and I don't think they have become some elevated art. Much in the same way people like a lot of dull genre pictures, I simply enjoy the revolving narratives and great art week after week. There's plenty of indie fare that's more thought provoking, and it doesn't mean I don't read books. For better or worse, Moore is the type of person who, either due do his genius or success (or both) tends to confuse the subjective and the objective. He's not interested in them anymore. He's moved on. He's outgrown them. It doesn't mean these stories don't have value. I have plenty of things to complain about with the state of comic books - but at their heart, the writers and artists want to create some escapist fun.

So at the end of the day, people have to validate their own feelings and opinions about comic books, regardless of what Moore says. After all, he certainly shouldn't be the sole arbiter of what culture and art is permissible.
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9:47AM on 11/26/2013
I have not read Watchmen...but I'll happily accept that it was far superior to the movie - this is almost always the case with comics or novels. I certainly can't think of a movie that that did better then the print form that came before it. That said, whilst I have not read Watchmen...I've seen the movie and enjoyed it loads. Dare I say... I enjoyed it possibly more than some of Marvel Studio's very successful efforts.
I have not read Watchmen...but I'll happily accept that it was far superior to the movie - this is almost always the case with comics or novels. I certainly can't think of a movie that that did better then the print form that came before it. That said, whilst I have not read Watchmen...I've seen the movie and enjoyed it loads. Dare I say... I enjoyed it possibly more than some of Marvel Studio's very successful efforts.
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12:35PM on 11/26/2013
I'll take watchmen over any marvel movie.
I'll take watchmen over any marvel movie.
9:17AM on 11/26/2013

I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen

Tells you all you need to know right there. Moore is a brilliant writer and it's weird criticizing his view when he can crap a better story than I can ever begin to write. But a lot of stuff he says like this I just flat out don't agree with. Also is he saying Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The Killing Joke were all intended for children?
Tells you all you need to know right there. Moore is a brilliant writer and it's weird criticizing his view when he can crap a better story than I can ever begin to write. But a lot of stuff he says like this I just flat out don't agree with. Also is he saying Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The Killing Joke were all intended for children?
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9:11AM on 11/26/2013
He may have written some of the best comics out there....but he's still a hypocritical nut.
He may have written some of the best comics out there....but he's still a hypocritical nut.
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8:39AM on 11/26/2013
He has a point to some degree, but comicbooks were really only designed to be 'just for kids' in the early days of DC - the main audience for comics has been teenage and up since Marvel figured they'd have a go appealing to that audience with characters like Spider-Man and that's been the way of things for Marvel and DC ever since - the bulk of superhero comics are designed for a young-adult to adult audience. There's not much point decrying the way an industry evolves - it's just the way
He has a point to some degree, but comicbooks were really only designed to be 'just for kids' in the early days of DC - the main audience for comics has been teenage and up since Marvel figured they'd have a go appealing to that audience with characters like Spider-Man and that's been the way of things for Marvel and DC ever since - the bulk of superhero comics are designed for a young-adult to adult audience. There's not much point decrying the way an industry evolves - it's just the way things are. Comicbook movies, on the other hand, are often limited in scope and painted with the broadest of strokes. Moore has every right to bemoan adaptations of his work (especially V For Vendetta) but it's interesting that his most celebrated take on superheroes, Watchmen, was essentially the classic early era of superheroes reimagined for an adult audience - in many ways what he seems to be taking issue with here. To be honest, Moore likes to goad people with his opinions, and that's one of the reasons the media likes to interview the guy, because they know he'll urge a response from people.
Superheroes are a cultural phenomenon, escapism designed to appeal to a very broad audience, so you are going to end up with slightly wishy-washy event movies like The Avengers, but to grumble about pulp characters birthing a pulp movie seems somewhat churlish. The superhero movies we're getting these days could be much, much worse, but it's a rare scenario when they end up being absolute genius if we're being totally honest with ourselves.
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6:56AM on 11/26/2013
It's a strange thing that Alan Moore could say that the superhero genre has changed for the worse, that the genre is 'not for kids anymore', but does nothing to make it any better. It is also strange knowing that this 'superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience' were shaped and brought up by his contributions to the genre, namely his Swamp Things and his Watchmen.
It's a strange thing that Alan Moore could say that the superhero genre has changed for the worse, that the genre is 'not for kids anymore', but does nothing to make it any better. It is also strange knowing that this 'superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience' were shaped and brought up by his contributions to the genre, namely his Swamp Things and his Watchmen.
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2:48AM on 11/26/2013
Sounds like he's a little jealous that he isn't more involved in the huge popularity that superheroes enjoy today. Everything he said is ridiculous.
Sounds like he's a little jealous that he isn't more involved in the huge popularity that superheroes enjoy today. Everything he said is ridiculous.
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2:12AM on 11/26/2013
You Mr. Moore, should be railing at the direction the Masked RIder is going with these days. They're superheroes too you know. You know what the theme is for the current series? FRUITS! Aimed at kids coz they need the vitamins! Is that what you want you old fart? Banana armored dudes and guys running around with orange-slice swords?
You Mr. Moore, should be railing at the direction the Masked RIder is going with these days. They're superheroes too you know. You know what the theme is for the current series? FRUITS! Aimed at kids coz they need the vitamins! Is that what you want you old fart? Banana armored dudes and guys running around with orange-slice swords?
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6:38AM on 11/26/2013
Actually I watch the show semi-religiously. I'm 32 years old. :D
Actually I watch the show semi-religiously. I'm 32 years old. :D
2:01AM on 11/26/2013
As someone said below, I doubt killing joke was meant for 9 year olds. I understand somewhat where he is coming from in some ways but dude calm down. This guy has a superiority complex. Instead of embracing his success he is shitting all over everyone. Grant Morrison shows him love and cites him as an inspiration and he just says I have nothing to do with him. What an arrogant prick.
As someone said below, I doubt killing joke was meant for 9 year olds. I understand somewhat where he is coming from in some ways but dude calm down. This guy has a superiority complex. Instead of embracing his success he is shitting all over everyone. Grant Morrison shows him love and cites him as an inspiration and he just says I have nothing to do with him. What an arrogant prick.
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9:15AM on 11/26/2013
I'd distance myself from Grant Morrison too. Most overrated DC writer ever.
I'd distance myself from Grant Morrison too. Most overrated DC writer ever.
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12:31AM on 11/26/2013
I bet when writers are assigned to interview they are like no...for real plz no. R u fucking with me? I'd like to see Ricky Gervaiis (or Larry David) in a kind of open table discussion/interview
I bet when writers are assigned to interview they are like no...for real plz no. R u fucking with me? I'd like to see Ricky Gervaiis (or Larry David) in a kind of open table discussion/interview
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12:02AM on 11/26/2013
I agree with him about the term "graphic novel". Anyone that uses that term is an idiot.
I agree with him about the term "graphic novel". Anyone that uses that term is an idiot.
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12:38PM on 11/26/2013
Why?
Why?
1:53PM on 11/26/2013
Explain this laughable comment?
Explain this laughable comment?
3:49PM on 11/26/2013
Theyre called comic books. "Graphic novel" is a bullshit made up term that people because theyre too embarrassed to say they read comics.
Theyre called comic books. "Graphic novel" is a bullshit made up term that people because theyre too embarrassed to say they read comics.
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12:00AM on 11/26/2013
I really love Alan Moore, but if he is going to try and say he wrote the killing joke with a 9-13yr old target audience in mind, I have to call bullshiit.
I really love Alan Moore, but if he is going to try and say he wrote the killing joke with a 9-13yr old target audience in mind, I have to call bullshiit.
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11:28PM on 11/25/2013

Meh...Moore again

I think we can group Moore with Frank Miller as a once genuis now kookey and all round grumpy old man who's current output is mediocre. The above statement is filled with crazy contridictions as well; if he hasn't read any superhero stuff since Watchmen how is he fit to comment on their current status? Also how does that explain his runs on Supreme, wildC.A.T.S, Top 10 and 1963? Surely he needed to read his own scripts while writing them? Lastly, if superheroes are solely for little kids why
I think we can group Moore with Frank Miller as a once genuis now kookey and all round grumpy old man who's current output is mediocre. The above statement is filled with crazy contridictions as well; if he hasn't read any superhero stuff since Watchmen how is he fit to comment on their current status? Also how does that explain his runs on Supreme, wildC.A.T.S, Top 10 and 1963? Surely he needed to read his own scripts while writing them? Lastly, if superheroes are solely for little kids why has he approached the genre with mature content and subject matter? The dude doesn't even make sense to himself! We should just ignore him.
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11:22PM on 11/25/2013
He comes off pretentious to be honest, and ignorant as well ("I hate these things yet haven't actually read them".. huh?)
He comes off pretentious to be honest, and ignorant as well ("I hate these things yet haven't actually read them".. huh?)
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10:59PM on 11/25/2013
According to Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore was initially intrigued by the idea of film adaptations of comic books, but became disillusioned when he wasn't able to negotiate the Hollywood machine the way Gaiman did so well. So Moore went from "I'm intrigued" to "just give me the sodding money" to "take my name off the credits because I know it'll suck." So I think a lot of this rant comes from this impotent rage at seeing his brilliant creations mangled on screen.

I've only seen two Alan Moore
According to Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore was initially intrigued by the idea of film adaptations of comic books, but became disillusioned when he wasn't able to negotiate the Hollywood machine the way Gaiman did so well. So Moore went from "I'm intrigued" to "just give me the sodding money" to "take my name off the credits because I know it'll suck." So I think a lot of this rant comes from this impotent rage at seeing his brilliant creations mangled on screen.

I've only seen two Alan Moore adaptations: LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN was an absolute abortion, but I thought Zack Snyder was as faithful to WATCHMEN as he possibly could. And some of his changes (like having Dr. Manhattan be Ozymandias' Big Bad) made the final act even stronger, IMO. So, in my mind, he's 1 for 2.

Moore has done some great work but he can't expect the world to conform to his needs and desires. I'm fed up with his whining.
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10:48PM on 11/25/2013
I'm frightened of Alan Moore and therefore shall not comment further.
I'm frightened of Alan Moore and therefore shall not comment further.
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2:09PM on 11/26/2013
But you're Batman...and with Jedi powers. I don't think you have anything to worry about. :P
But you're Batman...and with Jedi powers. I don't think you have anything to worry about. :P
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10:45PM on 11/25/2013
" I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen."
"These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them."

After the first quote, you are no longer fit to comment about the current state of superhero comics in any way....

Cool metal claw fingers and turquoise scorpion ring though....

" I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen."
"These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them."

After the first quote, you are no longer fit to comment about the current state of superhero comics in any way....

Cool metal claw fingers and turquoise scorpion ring though....

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9:41PM on 11/25/2013

So liking superheroes in your "adult" years means you're fucked in the head?

Atleast we can rest easy knowing old age will get him sooner rather than later. Prick.

Being an adult means I can like the things I want to like, do the things I want to do (so long as it's not hurting anybody); and go fuck yourself.
Atleast we can rest easy knowing old age will get him sooner rather than later. Prick.

Being an adult means I can like the things I want to like, do the things I want to do (so long as it's not hurting anybody); and go fuck yourself.
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9:22PM on 11/25/2013
I agree with him 100%. We have a Superman movie that conjures images of 9/11 with innocent victims jumping out of falling buildings to their death, and bodies raining from the sky, all the while we are watching a WWE smackdown scene between a superhero and a supervillain. It's disturbing, that kind of juxtaposition between real life horror and Superman, a wish fulfillment character meant for kids.

People seem to have forgot why it is fun to watch Harrison Ford fight Nazis in Indiana Jones,
I agree with him 100%. We have a Superman movie that conjures images of 9/11 with innocent victims jumping out of falling buildings to their death, and bodies raining from the sky, all the while we are watching a WWE smackdown scene between a superhero and a supervillain. It's disturbing, that kind of juxtaposition between real life horror and Superman, a wish fulfillment character meant for kids.

People seem to have forgot why it is fun to watch Harrison Ford fight Nazis in Indiana Jones, and why it is not fun to watch Tom Hanks fight Nazis in Saving Private Ryan. Now it would not be uncommon for a movie like Indiana Jones to be rebooted and treated with the painful reality of Saving Private Ryan. The juxtaposition of that is madding, but somewhere along the line people lost perspective between violence and action.
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12:15AM on 11/27/2013
Yeah thank god I only saw melting faces and hearts being ripped out of chests when I was a kid!
Yeah thank god I only saw melting faces and hearts being ripped out of chests when I was a kid!
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9:20PM on 11/25/2013
Kids these days idolize characters from Gears Of War and GTA, and simply wont read anything but the back of their video game cases. The super hero fans are older now and they pay to see the movies. Don't cry over Man Of Steel being for a mature audience, instead be upset that young kids are taking pride in how many old ladies and baby strollers they ran over in their video game. The kids just want more Hunger Games. Frankly I enjoy a more realistic and flawed perspective of my heroes.
Kids these days idolize characters from Gears Of War and GTA, and simply wont read anything but the back of their video game cases. The super hero fans are older now and they pay to see the movies. Don't cry over Man Of Steel being for a mature audience, instead be upset that young kids are taking pride in how many old ladies and baby strollers they ran over in their video game. The kids just want more Hunger Games. Frankly I enjoy a more realistic and flawed perspective of my heroes.
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8:58PM on 11/25/2013
haha who gives a shit this guy is irrelevant. Barely any percentage of the population in the US and the world reads comic books. And his input on the movies really doesn't matter.
haha who gives a shit this guy is irrelevant. Barely any percentage of the population in the US and the world reads comic books. And his input on the movies really doesn't matter.
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8:41PM on 11/25/2013
Dude nailed it!
Dude nailed it!
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9:05PM on 11/25/2013
In all honesty the title of this acticle should have been "Old man yells again." Alan Moore may be one of the greatest comic writers but you're kissing his ass if you think what he said makes any sense. Anyone can enjoy superheros, regardless of age. The medium has become too big to fit into the the box it was built for. Things grow and expand.
In all honesty the title of this acticle should have been "Old man yells again." Alan Moore may be one of the greatest comic writers but you're kissing his ass if you think what he said makes any sense. Anyone can enjoy superheros, regardless of age. The medium has become too big to fit into the the box it was built for. Things grow and expand.
9:05PM on 11/25/2013
opps, double mint post.
opps, double mint post.
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8:39PM on 11/25/2013
Alan Moore can say whatever the hell he wants, dudes a wizard.
Alan Moore can say whatever the hell he wants, dudes a wizard.
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8:49PM on 11/25/2013
Literally...I think he is one.
Literally...I think he is one.
8:56PM on 11/25/2013
hahaha he is!!
hahaha he is!!
2:16AM on 11/26/2013
i think he's a half-mad, self-loathing, cynical and bitter wizard that just barks at everyone.
i think he's a half-mad, self-loathing, cynical and bitter wizard that just barks at everyone.
8:24PM on 11/25/2013
I loved superheroes as a kid, still love them just as much today, and my kids will have the same love for them when they are kids and grow up. I don't mind what Moore is saying here, but it's fine if the targeted audiences for today's superhero films is for adults rather than teens. I mean I think everyone who loves comic books and superheroes would agree they would have more Dark Knights, Man of Steel's, and Iron Man's as oppose to having more films like Batman and Robin, Catwoman, etc.

I
I loved superheroes as a kid, still love them just as much today, and my kids will have the same love for them when they are kids and grow up. I don't mind what Moore is saying here, but it's fine if the targeted audiences for today's superhero films is for adults rather than teens. I mean I think everyone who loves comic books and superheroes would agree they would have more Dark Knights, Man of Steel's, and Iron Man's as oppose to having more films like Batman and Robin, Catwoman, etc.

I do think he is brilliant because Watchmen is one of the greatest books I have ever read and the film is one of my favorites of all time.
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8:19PM on 11/25/2013
Audience don't care about it as long as Superheroes deliver action sequences with CGI destruction of cities.
Audience don't care about it as long as Superheroes deliver action sequences with CGI destruction of cities.
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8:09PM on 11/25/2013

Crazy, brilliant, crazy, brilliant, crazy, brilliant....etc.

I love his work particularly the Watchmen and I do think he is an absolutely brilliant writer but it is strange for a creator who (along with Frank Miller) nearly singlehandedly reengineered a concept to then lash back at it in a limiting way. Perhaps comic books and superheroes were conceived for children which is odd to think of considering how graphic some early comic books are but that doesn't take away from the nobility and self sacrificing qualities a lot of the characters possess and
I love his work particularly the Watchmen and I do think he is an absolutely brilliant writer but it is strange for a creator who (along with Frank Miller) nearly singlehandedly reengineered a concept to then lash back at it in a limiting way. Perhaps comic books and superheroes were conceived for children which is odd to think of considering how graphic some early comic books are but that doesn't take away from the nobility and self sacrificing qualities a lot of the characters possess and demonstrate.
Sorry Mr. Moore but there's nothing wrong with someone no matter what their age (5 to 95) watching a story depicting a heroic character even if its a work of fiction. Who cares if its fantasy and they're fighting aliens, the basic idea of someone willing to put themselves in harms way to protect others is inspiring. Give them a mask and a costume that symbolizes their ideal and you have the makings of a pretty complex pathos into a character that acts like a funhouse mirror to society....wait a minute...why am I even explaining this...I learned this from you Mr. Moore!!!
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