The comic book legend Alan Moore changed everything about how comic books are perceived–along with a handful of other geniuses, he’s why there’s a “graphic novels” section in your bookstore. Watchmen, his most famous creation, single-handedly elevated the comic book genre and gave it a new identity. So when Moore speaks on the subject, people listen. He’s on a campaign to get people to boycott Brett Ratner’s epic Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson.
Moore’s complaint is on behalf of another Moore, his late friend Steve Moore–creator of Hercules: The Thracian Wars. That’s the book the Ratner/Johnson Hercules is based on–and Steve Moore didn’t get a penny for the movie. And Steve Moore asked, before he died, that his name be removed from the film credits–he didn’t want his fans hoodwinked into thinking he condoned it, or was involved. Since Steve Moore’s death, however, interest in him has spiked and Paramount and MGM are using his name unashamedly to promote their movie. Now Alan Moore is trying to protect his friend Steve Moore’s legacy. He told Bleeding Cool: “I would also ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film. It is the last thing that Steve would’ve wanted.”