Comic book writer Alan Moore is a genius; I don’t think anyone who reads comics, or thinks of comics as more than just “cartoon books for kids” can dispute that point. But Alan Moore is also pretty, shall we say, batty when it comes to his books being turned into movies. He hated the hell out of the movie version of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (and really, can you blame him?), and didn’t care for “V for Vendetta”, either. And he’s really not caring a bit for Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Watchmen”.
Moore tells Wizard on the subject of “Watchmen” the movie:
I spoke to Dave the other day. I got a piece of paper—they must’ve learned something from the “V for Vendetta” debacle. I got a piece of paper a couple of months ago saying, “I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons.” So I sent that back to them all signed and sealed, which means that now I don’t have to rant and spew about the film. I’m just simply not interested in it. Dave phoned me up, and it’s always nice to talk to Dave, but he understands that I’m not really interested in “Watchmen.” So when he phoned, he asked me if I was interested in being kept up to date on it, and I was saying, “Well, it’s always nice to talk to you, but not really.” I don’t really know much about it. I believe that it’s going ahead. I won’t be watching it, obviously. I can at least remain neutral to it as long as they’re taking my name off of it and not playing these silly, ultimately futile games like they were doing last time, which worked out so well for them. No, I’m keeping well away from all of that.
You gotta respect Moore for not wanting to see his works butchered by Hollywood, but everyone is nearly unanimous (with the exception of Moore, of course) that the Wachowski brothers’ “V for Vendetta” adaptation was pretty faithful. And from everything I’ve heard and seen of Snyder’s “Watchmen”, it’s equally faithful.
Then again, Alan Moore does walk around with a full beard looking like a patient at a mental institution, so who knows.