‘Watchmen,’ a TV hit for HBO, was ’embarrassing’ for the comic’s creator Alan Moore, but he said that the series should have been ‘the kind of thing that could have ended up at the Oscars’
Alan Moore has hit out at DC Comics, complaining that when Watchmen was shown on the big screen as a TV hit, it was ’embarrassing’ for the comic’s creator Alan Moore.
The Dark Knight creator was speaking to the Guardian while attending the New York Comic Con – a day after he spoke at the Tribeca Film Festival.
When presented with the chance to do a live Q&A with the New York Times, the writer and artist from Watchmen, his 1986 movie had been shown previously as a HBO hit.
In an emotional moment at the show on Friday, Moore told the Times ‘I was given the most wonderful gift, I don’t know how to put it. I will say that I don’t think that the movies were too good and that one of them could have been nominated for an Academy Award’.
He added: ‘I don’t think that I could have made these movies unless I had an audience. You don’t create art if you don’t have an audience.’
I was given the most wonderful gift, I don’t know how to put it: Alan Moore
A lot of fans thought the movie didn’t measure up to the comics, but Moore is convinced that if given the chance again, they could have turned it into a TV series.
He said: ‘Watchmen did not do well as a movie, and it was a very disappointing experience. It was not meant to. But I think it could have been a series on TV, just like Mad Men, and people could have seen it.
‘I’m very, very glad the studio made that kind of decision, because people, when they see a movie that is not a film they want to know, “Why didn’t you do it like that?” That’s what Watchmen was to me, like Mad Men to you.