What film caused Alan Moore to spit vile venom at H’wood, and cause Sean Connery to retire from acting forever?Â It’s the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, of course (hint: it was right there in the title of this post).Â While the movie version might be touched on, the Major Spoilers Crew plan on diving into the first volume of the Alan Moore series in the next Major Spoilers Podcast.
From the Wiki!
According to Moore, the initial concept behind the series was initially a “Justice League of Victorian England” but quickly grew into an opportunity to merge all works of fiction into one world. Says Moore: “The planet of the imagination is as old as we are. It has been humanity’s constant companion with all of its fictional locations, like Mount Olympus and the gods, and since we first came down from the trees, basically. It seems very important, otherwise, we wouldn’t have it.” Moore and O’Neill have revealed that they plan to map out many different eras in the League series with Allan Quatermain and Mina Murray being the two constants.
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I didn’t watch the film until three years after reading the Graphic Novel, in an English class for the pre-holidays last lesson when we’d been studying Dorian Gray. And I learned, or rather deduced, this fun fact.
Dorian is traditionally drawn or portrayed as a young, blonde man of the Victorian age. However, an Executive producer Fella told the scriptwriter of the film that they needed Dorian and a few others to beef up the cast, and informed him that it would be canon because there is yet another “League” – their adventures never fully disclosed in the series – whose portraits appear on that very cover shown above.
Whatever dimwitted idiot was told this failed to notice the picture of a blonde young man in Victorian clothing and a cane, clearly labelled “Dorian Gray”, just above the giant skull; instead, they turned to that Portrait labelled “Sir Francis Varney”, just behind the headless, armless roman statue, Varney being notable for being the first fictional Vampire with fangs and the tendency to whine about how terrible it is being a vampire, etc. However, he was created a full 42 years before Dorian, and reflects the fashion of the time.
Thus, while in the books Dorian remains an aristocratic old queen trapped both in the body of a nubile blonde and the proverbial closet, in the film he’s portrayed by Stuart Townsend as a vampiric, curly-haired gentleman who the true Dorian would have thought of as his grandfather.
Oh, what it is, to laugh at people who don’t pay attention to literature! Here endeth the smug.
Alan Moore or as i like to call him..The magnificent bastard…Really can do no wrong in my book..and i think getting me too enjoy a series that includes “death rape” is proof enough..i mean seriously wtf!?!
..Dude you are totally right O_o never caught that.
mina harker and alan quatermain being caught in the act of… togetherness… by a bear on the island of dr. moreau, only alan moore could come up with this idea. but that’s in volume 2.
this book must be read in the absolute format. bigger pages to appreciate the art a little more and tons of very interesting bonus stuff.
This is Alan Moore at his best. For everyone who found Watchmen deep, this is more so in just the sheer literary references. Where I believe in the second volume in the almanac there are like thirty obscure references a page. I like it how it does deconstruct the team book mentality a bit without going this is my Superman for example.