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The 69-year-old author is best known for his work on “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Ballad of Halo Jones,” “Swamp Thing,” “Batman: The Killing Joke,” and “From Hell.” Moore typically avoids public appearances but shared some of his thoughts in an interview with The Telegraph published on Wednesday.
The comic writer hasn’t wanted his name associated with big-screen adaptations of his work in the past. He previously shared his movie royalties with the film’s writers and creative types, but no more.
“I no longer wish it to even be shared with them. I don’t really feel, with the recent films, that they have stood by what I assumed were their original principles,” Moore told the outlet. “So I asked for DC Comics to send all of the money from any future TV series or films to Black Lives Matter.”
The “V for Vendetta” creator said he’s become a recluse partly due to his popularity with the public.
“I’d talk to people and they were looking at me like they were having some sort of religious experience rather than an ordinary conversation. So I’ve sort of retired into what I probably originally thought a writer’s life was like, where you sit at home and write books,” he explained.
Moore has been openly critical of the modern comic industry, including the concept of comics for adult audiences.
“Now they’re called ‘graphic novels’, which sounds sophisticated and you can charge a lot more for them. What appealed to me most about comics is no more, and these innocent and inventive and imaginative superhero characters from the Forties, Fifties, Sixties are being recycled to a modern audience as if they were adult fare,” he said.
Moore continued, “I didn’t mean my experiments with comics to be immediately taken up as something that the whole industry should do. When I was doing things like Watchmen, I was not saying that dark psychopathic characters are really cool, but that does seem to be the message that the industry took for the next 20 years.”
He told the interviewer that he wished he had never entered the comic industry in the first place.
Moore is currently working on fantasy books but is also critical of how he perceives those as formulaic, just like comics.
“Fantasy these days seems to have been boiled down to a kind of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin world of warriors and dragons and, for some reason, dwarves. The fantasy books that inspire me are things like Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy, which is actually about the real world in some ways, the changing nature of British society,” he said.
“Fantasy has no restrictions whatsoever, so it’s a bit lame to be constantly hitting the same note on the piano,” Moore added. “Let’s have fantastic visions that nobody has ever seen before — and lay off people of restricted height for a change.”