Writer Alan Moore, known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and From Hell, who has been open about his hatred towards superhero films, has slammed the genre once again. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the veteran called the love for superhero movies an “infantilization” that can act as “a precursor to fascism.”
Speaking about the rise of films in the genre, Moore went, “I said around about 2011 that I thought that it had serious and worrying implications for the future if millions of adults were queueing up to see Batman movies. Because that kind of infantilization – that urge towards simpler times, simpler realities – that can very often be a precursor to fascism.”
He also expressed his worry that “hundreds of thousands of adults” are now “lining up to see characters and situations that had been created to entertain the 12-year-old boys — and it was always boys — of 50 years ago.” Moore went on to say, “I didn’t really think that superheroes were adult fare. I think that this was a misunderstanding born of what happened in the 1980s — to which I must put my hand up to a considerable share of the blame, though it was not intentional — when things like Watchmen were first appearing. There were an awful lot of headlines saying ‘Comics Have Grown Up’.”
The veteran also said, “I tend to think that, no, comics hadn’t grown up. There were a few titles that were more adult than people were used to. But the majority of comics titles were pretty much the same as they’d ever been. It wasn’t comics growing up. I think it was more comics meeting the emotional age of the audience coming the other way… I will always love and adore the comics medium but the comics industry and all of the stuff attached to it just became unbearable.”
Moore, widely recognised among his peers and critics as one of the best comic book writers in the English language, retired from comics in mid-2019.