Whose side do you take with respect to the new Before Watchmen prequels: Alan Moore (against) or Dave Gibbons (for)? From Wired:
Everything old at DC Comics is new again, again. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ canonical miniseries about superheroes and power — and their horrific abuses — is being predictably rebooted as a prequel franchise.
“To me, a reboot is what DC is essentially doing with the New 52, which is changing costumes, origins, relationships, essentially looking at old characters through new eyes,” Wein said in an e-mail to Wired. “What we’re doing is filling in a lot of the blank spaces in a story that has already, to some degree, been told. There were still a lot of gaps in the histories of Watchmen‘s characters, and events only mentioned in passing or touched on briefly in the original story. We’re filling in those gaps in the most creative and inventive ways we can.”
Those gaps, however, will have to be filled without the help of the outspoken and influential Moore, who told Wired.com in 2010 that DC Comics offered Watchmen back to him if he “would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels.”
“I don’t believe anyone at DC has spoken to Alan at all, which seems to be the way he prefers it.”
“So I just told them that if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked,” Moore added. “Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms. I don’t even have a copy of Watchmen in the house anymore.”
Gibbons has, however, given his stamp of approval to the sprawling project, which includes seven prequel miniseries based on Watchmen‘s violently unhinged superheroes, who alongside Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns rebooted the entire comics industry in the ’80s, and Hollywood film franchises shortly thereafter…
[continues at Wired]