For the creator of “Watchmen”, superhero movies “ruined cinema and culture”

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Alan Moore considers it a “worrying sign that hundreds of thousands of adults are gathering to see characters created 50 years ago to entertain children.”

British screenwriter and writer Alan Moore, unanimously recognized for his work on graphic novels that helped bring comics to an unprecedented state of literary maturity, stated that he believes that superhero movies “ruined cinema and culture.”

The creator of breakthrough works such as “Watchmen”, “v for Vendetta” The “Batman: the macabre joke”, Provided an interview published in the specialized American site Deadline in the promotion of the film “The Show”, which he wrote himself.

“I haven’t seen a superhero movie since the first of ‘Batman’ by Tim Burton. They have ruined the cinema, and also the culture to some extent, “attacked the writer, adding that he considered a “Worrying sign that hundreds of thousands of adults come together to see characters created 50 years ago to entertain 12-year-olds. “

In his opinion, this tendency seems to indicate “a certain desire to escape the complexities of the modern world, to return to the nostalgic vision of childhood.”

At 66, Moore has repeatedly criticized the “mainstream” of comic book publishers and the culture they promote; he just worked for the last time with DC in 2009 and then turned to independent work.

In 2018, he claimed he was completely retiring from comics, and so far he’s keeping his promise.

Moore accepts, however, to bear part of the responsibility for the creation of the culture he criticizes, since several of his titles were key to attracting the attention of an adult audience that previously believed that comics were only children’s things.

“All of those characters have been stolen from their original creators, all of them. There is a long list of ghosts waiting behind them … I have no interest in superheroes, they were a thing invented in the late 30’s for kids and they are perfectly good entertainment for them. But if you try to take them to an adult world then I think they turn into something grotesque, “he said.

In October of last year, the filmmaker Martin Scorsese had also targeted Marvel movies, remarking that “they are not cinema”, and compared them to “theme park.”

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. It is not the cinema of human beings trying to transmit emotional and psychological experiences to another human being, “he told Empire magazine of Great Britain.

“Honestly, the closest I can get to them, as well done as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” joked the 76-year-old Oscar winner.


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