In an interview with TotalFilm.com, Watchmen creator/uber-grouch Alan Moore rails against film adaptations of comic books, why the two mediums don't work well together and even spouts off against the state of the comic-book industry in America.
"The main reason why comics can’t work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant," Moore told the magazine. "These people may be able to add up and balance the books, but in every other area they are stupid and incompetent and don’t have any talent.
"And this is why a film is going to be a work that’s done by dozens and dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people. They’re going to show it to the backers and then they’re going to say, we want this in it, and this in it ... and where’s the monster?”
Moore has reason to be skeptical, having had two of his previous graphic novels (From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) turned into middling pictures. So it seems even the highly promising Watchmen trailers aren't doing it for him.
"I will be spitting venom all over [Watchmen] for months to come," Moore told the L.A. Times. Here's hoping crabby Moore is wrong about Watchmen. I should be finding out any day now.