Alan Moore wrote some noteworthy comics and graphic novels. Those titles include Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke — which was huge when I was growing up. However, he has now given up writing comic books, and now looks with disdain (and maybe a certain amount of fear) at what they’ve done to society. Moore is particularly suspicious of the number of adults that are into comic book fare.
He thinks that’s not just infantile but dangerous. “I said round 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 infantilisation — that urge towards simpler times, simpler realities — that can very often be a precursor to fascism.” He points out that when Trump was elected in 2016, and “when we ourselves took a bit of a strange detour in our politics”, many of the biggest films were superhero movies.
I’m not sure that comics are correlated to fascism, but I do sympathize somewhat with his perspective. The fact that half the movies made now are superhero movies doesn’t speak very highly of the quality of our culture. There is nothing wrong with a popcorn flick but you can’t live on a popcorn diet.
Via Jason Morehead
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