Alan On The “V For Vendetta” Movie
Alan gave some details about bits of the V For Vendetta shooting script he’d seen. “It was imbecilic; it had plot holes you couldn’t have got away with in Whizzer And Chips in the nineteen sixties. Plot holes no one had noticed.”
What Moore found most laughable however were the details. “They don’t know what British people have for breakfast, they couldn’t be bothered. ‘Eggy in a basket’ apparently. Now the US have ‘eggs in a basket,’ whish is fried bread with a fried egg in a hole in the middle. I guess they thought we must eat that as well, and thought ‘eggy in a basket’ was a quaint and Olde Worlde version. And they decided that the British postal service is called Fedco. They’ll have thought something like, ‘well, what’s a British version of FedEx… how about FedCo? A friend of mine had to point out to them that the Fed, in FedEx comes from ‘Federal Express.’ America is a federal republic, Britain is not.”
David Lloyd was reported to have commented on the script at the recent Bristol comics convention. Superherohype posted a fan report talking to Lloyd, saying “he thinks it was very good for an Action Thriller, but is very much different from the Graphic Novel. He said that the character of Evey is less of a victim in this film and that he had met with The Wachoski Brothers.”
Alan’s Previous Problems With DC
Alan, along with a number of creators such as Frank Miller, protested against DC’s planned use of labelling comics to be age-specific, as well as the guidelines this would involve.
Co-creator Rick Veitch was dropped from “Swamp Thing” and his final issue abandoned as it featured Jesus Christ, publisher Jeanette Kahn going over editor Karen Berger’s head. DC’s given reason, that they don’t feature real people, was instantly dismissed by many other examples.
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons signed a deal with DC that “Watchmen” would revert to them after the comic book went out of print. He didn’t know it would still be in print twenty years later. The evasion of royalties on the “Watchmen” Button Set by labelling them promotional items was the cherry on that one.
“League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen” #5 was pulped and reprinted on Paul Levitz’s authority when the use of a real Victorian advert for a Marvel Douche was considered beyond the pale.
“Despite the Cobweb” story in “Tomorrow Stories” referring to individuals and a particular story in print in another of DC’s titles, Paul Levitz’ refused to allow this story to be printed. Newsarama reported that this led to Alan Moore’s withdrawal from the Watchmen 15th Anniversary hardcover.