Legendary comic book creator Alan Moore has accused superhero films of “spoiling” the film industry.
The 66-year-old is known for his openness to adapting his work – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta and Guardian among them – and actively distances itself from everything that sees the light of day on the screen.
In a newer Deadline Interview he cast his critical eye while talking about the retirement of comics.
“When I got into the comic book industry, the big draw was that it was a medium that was vulgar. It was created to entertain workers, especially children,” said Moore.
“The way the industry has changed is now ‘graphic novels’, it’s a price for an audience of middle class people. I have nothing against middle class people, but it wasn’t as a medium for middle-aged hobbyists It should be a medium for people who don’t have a lot of money.
“Most people now equate comics with superhero films,” he said. “That makes me even more difficult. I haven’t seen a superhero movie since the first Tim Burton Batman Movie. They have corrupted the cinema and, to some extent, the culture. “
The author also weighed on the superhero worshipers’ mindset: “A few years ago I said I thought it was a really worrying sign that hundreds of thousands of adults were lining up to see characters created 50 years ago to entertain 12 years -old guys.
“It seemed to suggest a kind of longing to escape the complexity of the modern world and return to a nostalgic, remembered childhood. It seemed dangerous, it was an infantilization of the population,” he suggested.
“This may be a coincidence, but when the American people voted for a Nazi Satsuma in 2016 and Britain voted to leave the European Union, six of the top twelve grossing films were superhero films. Not to say that one causes the other, but I think they are both symptoms of the same thing – a denial of reality and a drive for simple and sensational solutions. ”
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