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Alan Moore calls ‘childhood’ interest in superheroes a precursor to fascism

Award-winning comic book creator Alan Moore recently suggested that he believes the popularity of superheroes is leading to fascism, exemplified by recent political changes.


In an interview with The Guardian, Moore discussed the perception of comics and how they may have changed over the decades. For the writer, the comics were mainly aimed at young boys. It was titles like his watchmen this, by Moore’s own admission, may have made the medium more accessible to adult audiences.

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He explained, “There were an awful lot of headlines saying ‘Comics have grown up.’ people weren’t used to. But the majority of comic book titles were pretty much the same as they’d ever been. They weren’t comics growing up. I think it was more comics that met the emotional age of audiences going the other way.

Moore went even further and said, “I said around 2011 that I thought there were serious and disturbing implications for the future if millions of adults lined up to see Batman movies. Because that kind of infantilization — that longing for simpler times, simpler realities — that very often can be a precursor to fascism,” before referencing former President Donald Trump’s controversial rise to power and noting that the greatest movies of the time were superhero movies.

For reference, when Trump was elected in 2016, nearly half of the top 10 grossing films in the United States were superhero films, including Captain America: Civil War, dead Pool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and suicide squad.

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Alan Moore’s Comic Book Legacy

The famous comic book author is known for his iconic titles such as watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta, among many others. Many of his stories have been adapted into hit TV shows or movies, although none of these adaptations were created with the approval of the author himself. In the case of V for Vendettafor example, Moore often criticized the film for not capturing the themes of his graphic novel.

In the interview with The Guardian, Moore said he was done with comics entirely, stating that the industry and everything that came with it had become unbearable for him. Notably, Moore hasn’t published a comic in five years. He said, “I’m definitely done with the comics.”

Source: The Guardian

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson