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Does DC need to prove Alan Moore right?

Written by lol on Thursday, December 01 2011 and posted in Features
Does DC need to prove Alan Moore right?

Watchmen 2 trends worldwide, as DC refuses to comment



There are very few certainties in comics. We used to think that Bucky would never reappear. We used to think that Chris Claremont was a good writer. We used to think Watchmen would never be compromised as a masterpiece, the pinnacle of the artform. We were all wrong.

When DC announced that Watchmen was to be produced as a Hollywood blockbuster, Alan Moore immediately distanced himself from the project. Moore is well known for being anti-Hollywood, and claimed he was "spitting venom" over the Watchmen film. Indeed Moore and many of his fans believed Watchmen would not really work as a film, and in the end it turned out they were right. Many techniques Moore used were only able to fully  be realised in the graphic novel format, and the resulting Watchmen film tried to stay to close to the original source material but had to cut integral scenes which were a necessity in making Watchmen the most beloved graphic novel of all time.

Of course it didn't stop there. After the film, DC realised they could scrape even more money from the diluted Watchmen brand. So now comes the inevitable prequel comic. Hurray. Drawn by Andy Kubert, it's unclear what will happen in the prequel. Will we find out where Doctor Manhattan lost his pants? Will the crazy Ozymandias actually have been under some kind of mind control? Will the hooded lady from NuDC52 show up?

No one really knows at this point. As a matter of fact the prequel comic might never come to fruition, but it seems certain DC are very interested in the possibility. It comes closer and closer each day, and the worst part is that no one is really that surprised. It's depressing, but we've come to the realisation that DC exists to make money. There is no concern for quality when they have something which will definitely sell.

I'll let Alan Moore have the final say:

"There are three or four companies now that exist for the sole purpose of creating not comics, but storyboards for films. It may be true that the only reason the comic book industry now exists is for this purpose, to create characters for movies, board games and other types of merchandise. Comics are just a sort of pumpkin patch growing franchises"

Depressing.



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