By: I. Dekel
In spirit of the smashing success of Wonder Woman‘s adaptation and the comic book adaptation title-wave washing us all in the past few years, there’s a great need to mention one man in specific: the praised English author Alan Moore. Although he was not there during the glory days of DC comics‘ Wonder Woman or in charge of the latest super-hero block-busters, he was most defiantly behind more than several successful graphic novels which were later adapted into films. Here are some of them:
Batman: The Killing Joke
Published in 1988 and illustrated by Brian Bolland, this graphic DC comics novel tells the story of the Joker – one of Batman’s nemeses and his attempts to drive commissioner Jim Gordon into insanity. Batman tries his best to stop this from happening. This comic won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ category in 1989. It also appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009 and was eventually adapted into a film by Warner Bros. Animation in 2016.
Published in 10 volumes between 1989 – 1996 and collected in 1999, this dark and gory comic series sets in London during Queen Victoria’s reign, and wonders about the actions and unsolved case of the serial killer best known as Jack the Ripper. The title “From Hell” is taken from a letter under the same name, sent by the alleged murderer to the police in 1888, accompanied by half a human kidney. In 2001 came out a mystery horror film loosely based on the graphic novel starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.
Another DC hit written by Alan Moore is the famous comic series Watchmen. A complex alternate American history novel that sets in America of the 1930’s and 40’s but seems a lot like the 1980. In this alternative world, ordinary people are super-heroes and are employed by the government (only one of them – Dr. Manhattan – has superpowers though), Nixon is still president since Watergate was never exposed, and the United States is headed towards a third World War with the Soviet Union. Directed by Zack Snyder, the adaptation film was released in 2009 and grossed $26.6 million worldwide.
This 2013 DC ongoing comic book series was actually written by Robert Venditti but the title character – Contantine – was originally created by Moore during the 1980’s. In the original comic Hellblazer, Constantine is a british private detectice, a cynical chain-smoking antihero who possess some magical powers (a sorcerer). Another interesting fact is that he is bisexual. The film came out in 2005 under an American production – sets in Los Angeles instead of London and freaturing Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf and Tilda Swinton.
V for Vendetta
Another graphic novel that sets in the United Kingdom – V for Vendetta – composed of 3 parts, published between 1988 – 1989 and depicts the tale of a post-apocalyptic world run by the facsict police state. V, is the title character, a masked anarchist fighting in order to bring the current administration down. The political thriller adaptation published by Warner Bros. Productions came out in 2005 and featured Natalie Portman.
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