Tag Archives: Alan Moore

My Favorite Scene: Watchmen (2009) “Opening Credits”

Watchmen is a polarizing film, just as it has been a polarizing graphic novel since its release in 1986.  The only graphic novel to make Time Magazine’s 100 Best Books of All-Time, Watchmen is a dense, dense piece of work that lends itself to multiple readings.  It has so much happening in every panel, on every page, that a movie adaptation of it was never going to please everyone.  Despite my problems with Zack Snyder recently, I happen to think he did about as good a job making a film out of Watchmen as is humanly possible (with the exception of casting Malin Ackerman as Silk Spectre, because she is painfully awful).  HBO is going to adapt the series in a much more decompressed format, and that may please more people, but I really admire Snyder’s film.  HBO is going to be hard-pressed to find a better Rorschach than Jackie Earle Haley.

The graphic novel spans generations and one of the most brilliant things Snyder did was, after the iconic opening murder of The Comedian (Jeffery Dean Morgan) was to have this five-minute credit sequence that traced the entire history of The Minutemen from their glory days to the current status quo.  It sets the tone for the whole film and contains SO much information SO efficiently handed out to the audience, that even though Watchmen is an extremely long film (depending on what cut you’re watching), this probably shaved 40 minutes of exposition off of the theatrical cut.  Also a little Dylan never hurt anything.  I can’t think of another film where the credits are my favorite scene, but in Watchmen, they are just that brilliantly done.Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson and Jeffery Dean Morgan in Watchmen

Movie Review: The Killing Joke (2016) *DC is in Flames*

Batgirl, The Killing Joke

Well, Alan Moore finally has a seriously legitimate beef when it comes to DC adapting his work.  Moore’s 1988 original graphic novel, The Killing Joke, is widely regarded as one of the three best Batman stories of all-time.  It has been incredibly influential in the development of the involved characters in the comics, influenced Tim Burton and Chris Nolan’s Batman films (Heath Ledger was given a copy of The Killing Joke when he signed on, and the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight has a lot of parallels with the graphic novel’s final showdown), and along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, ushered in the modern grim and gritty Batman that has been the standard take since.  When DC announced that its 24th animated feature would be its first R-Rated film, and would tackle The Killing Joke, fans initially got very excited.  Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would return to voice the iconic roles.  The first trailer seemed to pull directly from the graphic novel, and got fans even more excited.  Then, around Comic-Con, details started leaking about exactly how DC was padding the 48-page OGN into a 78 minute film.  Thus began the slow reveal of the worst animated project DC has ever released.  It fails the source material, it inflames concerns over aspects of the graphic novel, the script by Brian Azzarello is dull and poorly written when not cribbing for Moore, in short, this is an utter disaster. Continue reading Movie Review: The Killing Joke (2016) *DC is in Flames*

Trailer Time: Batman The Killing Joke (2016) *Perhaps the Best Batman Story Gets the Animated Treatment*

Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, is arguably the best Batman story of all-time.  I think it’s the seminal confrontation between Batman and The Joker, as well as a story that scarred Batman’s world forever.  DC’s animated movies have varied in quality, mostly fairly good with some occasional gems.  Taking on THIS story, though, is by far their most ambitious and delicate project.  This story is legend.  This story is character defining.  This story is incredibly dark. Continue reading Trailer Time: Batman The Killing Joke (2016) *Perhaps the Best Batman Story Gets the Animated Treatment*

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Pilot Ordered by Fox

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore

Lol I think somewhere Alan Moore is naked and wielding a battle axe en route to Fox HQ.  He’s hated the GOOD adaptations of his work and the movie version of LXG is ….not good.  Not a good note for Sean Connery to end a career on.  Just to reinforce the earlier axe-wielding image if you’ve never seen Alan Moore:

Alan Moore

 

Be afraid, Fox.  Be very afraid.