Alan Moore Hates Superheroes And Thinks Adults Liking The AVENGERS Movie Is Weird


alan mooreDoes this article’s banner make you feel like Alan Moore is sitting in judgement of you? Well he is. He totally is. Alan Moore, the grumpy old wizard of comics, has once again blasted all things superheroes and the adults that like them. Talking to The Guardian (via IGN) about Fashion Beasts, his impressive body of work, and the state of modern comics, Moore took the chance to offend pretty much every fan over the age of 13.

Moore was asked about his influential runs on comics like Swamp Thing and the seminal classic that is Watchmen, but the author also used the opportunity to touch on the modern era of comics and the popularity of comic book movies. When it was mentioned that Geoff Johns did an entire series of Green Lantern based on his story Tygers, the wizened wizard got more than a little tetchy. He admitted he hadn’t  read any superhero comics since he finished Watchmen, but that didn’t stop him from saying this:

I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.

Moore is known for being a crotchety guy who always takes the time to say something controversial, so this doesn’t come off as offensive as much as it does as funny. I’m an Alan Moore fan, but I seldom take anything he says seriously. Moore talking about movies is new though. He does ruffle even my feathers with that last bit, but you have to put it in the context of what Alan Moore says all the time. The interview is an interesting one, that’s for sure. You can click the source link to see even more, like him blasting Grant Morrison. What do you think about Moore‘s comments? Does this get your riled up or are you in the same boat as me?

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Source : The Guardian via IGN