Alan Moore in a new interview with Wired: It’s possible to do a good film and a bad film. It’s just that I don’t see an awful lot of good films or good comic books, which considering the immense amounts of money that are pumped into the production of these things, I think I would ideally like a much better success ratio. Yes, sort of big films with their budgets of $100 million-plus, if they are successes then they make back quite a bit for the studio, I guess, but this is after six or seven that really haven’t made back their outlay. You have to be thinking of this in terms of its environmental and economic impact. I would have thought, particularly in the current climate, where the world economy does seem to be circling the drain, we might have to start thinking about handling our culture differently. We might have to be more conservative in throwing these huge amounts of money at our movie directors, at our actors, at our sports heroes, or, hey, our comic book writers.
Although we’re not that guilty. We don’t really get the same as the sports heroes or movie stars it has to said. We might have to start rethinking all this. Is it really worth spending all that money? Wasting all those resources? I mean, $100 million, that would pretty much sort out the horrifying flood damage in Haiti. I heard that figure quoted the other day. We might have to start rearranging our priorities and not just trying to anesthetize ourselves with endless television shows and movies because we’re bored with our lives in the filthy rich Western world. We might have to change our priorities a little bit. If we are going to spend our money upon film, then let’s start valuing the people that produce wonderful things with very little to go on. Let’s stop being so childishly awed by what are essentially fireworks displays.
Most films that I see it seems that the level of criticism that they are expecting is on the level of a fireworks display. It’s ooh and ah. Those seem to be the only responses that are appropriate to most modern films. I think we’re in for a period of cultural revaluation. I certainly hope that’s true, because I think if we’re not, we’re in for a period of cultural damnation. I think that we’re fairly evidently heading to hell in a hand basket, and we have got to change our priorities. We’ve got to rethink this entire thing, and I think that rethinking our culture may be a part of that. I certainly hope so.