There have been a number of movies adapted from comics in the past few years. Spiderman and the X-Men films have shown that at least some of the time, Marvel knows what they’re doing (the rest of the time, they’re making Punisher, Daredevil and a TV movie of Manthing). But ever since DC handed Batman over to Joel Shomaker, it’s as if the Men in Suits at Time Warner have lost their collective minds. Such horrors as Constantine and League of Extraordinary Gentleman (and From Hell, which works as a movie but pales in comparison to the source material) are not so much a failure to adapt Alan Moore’s source material as a colossal failure to know when you have a good story on your hands and instead, deciding to hollow out it’s soul and dance around the theater in its skin. It’s grotesque.
Moore, for his part, has attempted to keep these mockeries of his work at arms length, but after some shady deals with DC, he’s come out swinging:
Moore felt that enough was enough and decided that if something was worth reacting to, “it was worth overreacting to.” He stated “I’d have nothing to do with films anymore. If I owned the sole copyright, like with ‘Voice Of The Fire,’ there would not be a film. Anything else, where others owned copyrights, I’d insist on taking my name off future films. All of the money due to me would go to the artists involved. I’d divorce myself from the film process, the film industry and any adaptations. And I felt a sense of moral satisfaction.”
…Earlier in the year, Moore received a call from “V For Vendetta” writer/producer and “Matrix” director Larry Wachowski, but told him politely, “I didn’t want anything to do with films and had no time this year, being in the middle of work, my day job, writing, I wasn’t interested in Hollywood.”
Shortly afterwards, Alan Moore was made aware of a press release sent out covering a press conference producer Joel Silver and the cast had held.
In this press release, Joel Silver, as well as announcing that the release date November the 5th 2005 was the 100th anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt on Parliament, instead of the 400th anniversary, also said of Alan, “he was very excited about what Larry had to say and Larry sent the script, so we hope to see him sometime before we’re in the UK. We’d just like him to know what we’re doing and to be involved in what we’re trying to do together”
Alan felt, basically, that his name was being used in vain. Not only had he expressed the opposite to Larry, but his endorsement was being used as a selling point for a movie – the reason he’d requested his credit and association be dropped from all of these movies.
The Comic Book Resource article has a sidebar, detailing some of the heinous details either omitted or added to V for Vendetta. It’s a shame no one seems capable of adapting Alan Moore to the screen without feeling compelled to meddle with the details. But at least we still can read and enjoy some of the greatest graphic novels, ever.