So, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting a TV show. (This isn't idle banter, check it here in Variety: variety.com/2013/tv/news/leagu…
) It'll be on Fox, and the network is already committed to a pilot, so even if the whole thing crashes and burns, the pilot is contractually obligated. Alan Moore seems more amused by this than anything else; I guess there's only so many times you have have your work poorly adapted before you shrug and go back to making amazing things.
I'm happy about it. The bulk of you guys can understand: when you're a lit fan, you've seen oodles of adaptations for children, sub-par stagings of the theatre versions, and weird alt versions. The characters in LoEG are no strangers to that. And honestly, the comics themselves are just Moore's interpretations. They're Allan/Mina/Orlando shipping crossovers. Does that make them bad? No way! Moore's a better writer than either I or (probably) you, and Kevin O'Neill's art is suitably stiff but evocative enough for the stories being told. But I'm not worried that either the comics or the original works will be "ruined." If one bad adaptation can ruin something you loved, I'm going to call it right here and say you didn't really love it in the first place.
So I'm a little excited. If the writing is hokey or the characterization off, well, this show can get in line. Sure I'd love to see Henry, Griffin and the rest "done right." I'd love a string of jokes about Henry Jekyll's lady hands, Griffin's paranoid cyrillic codes, and Mina regaling the others with how weird it is to see boats in your head. But what I would want would be an interpretation, too. And some of those would be based on things that you can only find in the rough drafts of those books. Honestly, if you want something a specific way, you have to make it yourself. And I'm at peace with the fact that I won't have that lit crit humor until I make my own comic about people dealing with works like J&H, The Invisible Man, Phantom or Les Mis...
Wait I fell into a trap.