Comics did not have the best reputation for a long time. They were considered as entertaining books of the past but enjoyed no credibility. Then comic book artist Alan Moore came along and turned the genre into literature. His works changed the world of comics. Besides, they were also the template for countless successful adaptations for movies on a big screen that made this man even mor popular. Amongst the most known works of Alan Moore are such titles as The Dark Knight, Watchmen, or V for Vendetta. All of these works have had a lasting impact on pop culture. Moore created milestones in many genres, including steampunk. His comic book The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also stood out. He set an example with his basic idea. In his work, he brought together fictional heroes from the Victorian era.
Fictional Heroes Band Together
At the beginning of the story, Jonathon Harker’s wife from Dracula of Bram Stoker brings together a team of villains and heroes. That is to stop a massive threat to the British Empire. Not only Dr. Jekyl, Captain Nemo, and Alan Quartermain, but also the Invisible Man. The sense of humor that is expressed by Moore and his weakness for complex characters full of character breaks is what makes his comic books so fascinating. They are not family-friendly but convince the clearly emphasized grey tones of their actors.
Many of the works of Moore are now also part of film history. These include Watchmen and V for Vendetta, but not The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The producers initially planned several sequels. The cast impressed with numerous stars such as Sean Connery, Shane West, and Stuart Townsend. Despite a huge budget, the film could not meet the high expectations. He was neither artistically nor financially convincing, although he more than earned his costs. But that was not enough to persuade the producers to realize the planned sequels. At the same time, the movie marked the end of the careers of two prominent persons.
End Of Career For Two Protagonists
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen marks the retirement of Sean Connery from the film business. The ex-James Bond actor decided to end his career after the disappointing reviews. As if that were not enough, director Stephen Norrington decided to leave the film business forever. He had at least fired a great success with Blade before, but the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also ended his career. Rumor has it that Sean Connery took him under control again and again during filming, and you can see that in the movie.
Although the film proved its reference to steampunk with excellent equipment, the action spectacle was not convincing. The changes in the story and the characters irritate the fans of the comic. As great as Alan Moore’s graphic novel is, the film couldn’t make it from the original. The only hope left for the steampunk fans is that one day it will be possible to adapt the topic to the big screen with a broad impact. The previous attempts could not wholly convince, but steampunk would have the potential to inspire a mass audience.