CATEGORIES Action, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Warner Brothers, Celebrities and Controversy, Fandom, Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Movie News, CinematicalLet us close out the week with a third Watchmen story, shall we? Dave Gibbons, the artist behind the iconic book, gave an excellent interview to Den of Geek. Of course, the first questions directed at him centered on the upcoming movie -- and while he's not officially involved, Gibbons visited the set and blogged about it in December. He has been unfailingly supportive of the film and all involved; the guy even created the first promo poster handed out at 2007's ComicCon.
He was a little more guarded during this interview, but still admired what he had seen of the filming: "The most important thing is that the Watchmen movie be a good movie. From what I've seen of it, I think it is going to be a good movie, and I think it's going to be as faithful to the original graphic novel as is possible, given the constraints of a movie and the nature of a graphic novel. I think that as long as it's true to the spirit of the comic book, and as long as – in broad strokes - it follows the plot and the characterisations ... I don't think you can ask for every individual detail to be replicated. There are hardcore fans out there who'll be satisfied with nothing less than a word-for-word, line-for-line, scene-for-scene recreation of the comic book. I didn't believe that was ever going to happen. Certainly, from what I've seen of the movie, it looks like it'll be a good movie and very faithful to the comic book. If it isn't, it won't be for want of trying. Everybody's using the graphic novel as their bible, and really doing their best to pay tribute to it, I think. "
Gibbons also shared his feelings on Alan Moore's name being taken off the movie, as well how the film could affect his relationship with the writer. "Alan's excision from the credits is entirely at his request. I do respect his right to not have his name on the movie if he doesn't want to. So does everybody involved with the movie, and documents have been signed that mean his name will not be on it. I'm happy to have my name on; Alan and I, although we're friends -- and I really hope that throughout all this that we remain friends – we are two different people; we have our own experiences, and we each have a different position. I suppose I'm sorry that he can't see his way to having his name on it, but it's his decision and I respect it. My real feeling is that something which started off so creatively rewarding has actually come to a point where it can't be by 'Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' ...in an ideal world, that's what I would like. "
Could this really be the thing that tears Gibbons and Moore apart? I doubt it, but how sad that would be. Gibbons deserves a great deal of credit for being able to follow Moore's scripts to the letter without losing his mind. I'm glad the movie has the support of one of the creators -- and I hope it's the kind of movie that could sway Moore ... at least a little bit.