Alan Moore is regarded as one of the best minds in not only comic books, but all of fiction. His masterpiece, “Watchmen,” has been studied, dissected and theorized over time and time again. And even though some of Moore’s work has been turned into Hollywood films, he’s usually not pleased with how they adapt his stories and characters.
Another thing Moore isn’t happy about is the upcoming “Watchmen” prequel, “Before Watchmen.” I personally see it as a cash grab by DC Comics; as a way to try to revitalize comic book sales and profit. And it’ll work, without a doubt, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. A prequel is unnecessary and will just set a bad precedent. What next, a prequel to “The Boys“?
Just because it’ll make money doesn’t make it right.
But I digress. I’ll let Moore do the talking.
“It’s a finite series. ‘Watchmen’ was said to actually provide an alternative to the superhero story as an endless soap opera. To turn that into just another superhero comic that goes on forever demonstrates exactly why I feel the way I do about the comics industry. It’s mostly about franchises. Comic shops these days barely sell comics. It’s mostly spin-offs and toys.” — Moore speaking in an interview with Fast Company
Moore then went on to explain why he thinks DC is going about the project, despite cries of outrage and disappointment from the comic book community. To put it simply: reboots and prequels are quick ways to make a buck, and originality is a thing of the past.
“Every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now you’ve got theme park rides as the source material of movies. The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.”
Check out ComicBookResources.com for the complete story.