“I will and always will love the medium of comics,” Moore said. “But the comic book industry and everything related to it has become unbearable.”
Over the past few decades, comics have gradually evolved from a niche hobby into Hollywood’s most valuable intellectual property. One person who has been around the industry at every stage of this evolution is Alan Moore, who wrote seminal comics like “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta,” and “Batman: The Killing Joke.”
While Moore was a pivotal figure in the artistic legitimization of comic books, that doesn’t mean he’s thrilled to see what the industry has become. In a new interview with The Guardian, Moore expressed concerns about our culture’s new obsession with superheroes.
“I said around 2011 that I thought it had serious and worrying implications for the future if millions of adults lined up to see ‘Batman’ movies,” Moore said. “Because that kind of infantilization — that push toward simpler times, simpler realities — that very often can be a precursor to fascism.”