Comic Book Legend Alan Moore Asks Fans to Boycott Dwayne Johnson's 'Hercules'

'Watchmen' creator Alan Moore is upset with Paramount and MGM's use of his deceased friend's name to sell the Dwayne Johnson starring 'Hercules'.

Legendary comic book writer and Watchmen creator Alan Moore is no friend of Hollywood. He has notoriously spoken out against his own creations coming to the big screen, and now he is upset over how Paramount and MGM is using his deceased friend Steve Moore to sell their upcoming big budget summer adventure Hercules, which is based on the man's comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars . He's even going as far as to ask fans to boycott the movie, which is directed by Brett Ratner and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role.

Steve Moore remains a tremendously influential writer and presence in today's comic book market, and while he created Hercules: The Thracian Wars, he received no payment from the film production. Because of that, he asked that his name be removed from the credits. Following his death, his name began appearing in advertisements used to sell the movie, and he has increasingly been used to promote the impending release of the film. It seems that Paramount and MGM were looking to capitalize on the surge of interest in Steve Moore since his untimely passing.

Alan Moore, who is of no relation but was a very close and dear friend, is outraged that the studios would stoop so low as to use Steve Moore's name to sell the film, calling it 'free advertising'.

Alan Moore talked with Bleeding Cool about seeing his friend before his death, and the man's concern over the adaptation. He also explained why Steve was not getting a credit on the movie.

[Regarding] unfinished business that relates to Steve: A couple of months before Steve died, I know that I was down at his house and he was expressing great indignation. He had just heard that a film was to be made of his series for Radical Comics, The Thracian War. Now, Steve had had quite a few problems with Radical Comics in producing the comic book and there were compromises that he had been assured that he would not have to make which he had, in fact, been told to make. So that relationship wasn't an entirely happy one. But he was very happy with his scholarship on that series. It was impeccably researched. There wasn't an element of it that wasn't supported by something from Greek mythology or Greek history.

But on this occasion when I went down to visit him, he was quite cross, because he had just heard that there was a movie to be made out of this. And he said, "I've just written them an angry e-mail asking why I wasn't consulted in this and when I can expect the something like 15,000 dollars", which was the paltry amount which Steve thought was the amount that it said he'd be getting in his contract. He was cross about this, and he said, "I haven't heard back from them. There's just a deafening silence, so I'm going to pursue this further".

When I went down to see him a couple of week later, I said, "So, did you get any response from Radical about your e-mail?". He said, "No, I didn't. But I went away and dug out the contract, and it turns out that no, they don't have to consult me and they don't have to pay me the 15,000 dollars. That must have been in some earlier version of the contract as opposed to the one that I signed. So, I'm not getting anything out of this. The only thing I am glad of is that apparently they're not putting my name on it. Because it sounds like it's going to be idiotic shit."

Alan Moore continued to explain the situation,

They had not, before Steve's death, seen fit to mention his involvement with the original story. Like I say, that was his only consolation, that his name was not going to be linked to this ignorant dreck. However, after Steve's death, you could see that someone had thought, "Oh, there've been a couple of obituaries in the press and there's quite a lot of talk about this. We could perhaps get some publicity for our film. It's not like we're going to have to pay him any money". So they started to put Steve's name upon the credits.

It was a little bit of free advertizing. The publicity surrounding a man's death. Now I'd have to look at my thesaurus and see if there are any words other than "vile" which I could use for that. But even in the low estimation in which I hold the greater part of the comic industry, that is a new low.

The comic book legend then asks fans to boycott the movie,

"I suggest that people simply look at the publicity for this film before and after Steve Moore's death. 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. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it. I think it is absolutely shameful, however, there are also more positive elements of Steve Moore's legacy."

THR reached out to MGM about the matter, and this was their responce:

"MGM licensed the feature film rights from Radical Comics and fulfilled all contractual obligations. Steve Moore was a legend within the comics industry, whose work we greatly admire."

What do you think? Will you boycott Hercules in honor of Steve Moore? You can read the full interview: Click Here! It sheds more light on why the comic book creator was never paid.

Hercules was released July 25th, 2014 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Joseph Fiennes. The film is directed by Brett Ratner.



Sources: THR, Bleeding Cool

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Comments (16)

  1. slysnide

    Sorry Steve, but you signed the contract. I always read the extensive sheet and take a magnifying glass in search of the fine print. However, if it's true that they didn't exploit his name prior to his death out of respect for his wishes, then it seems to give credence to Alan's chief complaint: being that if they really respected Steve, they'd not attach his name to it regardless of what the contract said. Not that they're legally in the wrong at all. They're not. This is Steve's folly.

    3 months agoby @slysnideFlag

  2. Daniel Dresen

    All you had to say was Brett Ratner... I was tempted to see the film until I saw the director name on the poster... about threw up... horrible memories because of him. The ONLY way I would see this is free and NOTHING else, not even Barney was on...

    3 months agoby @Daniel-DresenFlag

  3. darkdream

    F*ck this guy

    3 months agoby @darkdreamFlag

  4. Movie-Man Smith

    I have interest in seeing it anyway Mr. Moore. Directed by Brett Ratness and "I am Hercules" was enough for me. I'll stick with Kevin Sorbo.

    3 months agoby @Movie-Man-SmithFlag

  5. renodc

    Personally, I could care less what Alan Moore thinks, but if he wanted to convince me not to see this he could have just saved all the "my friend got screwed" explanation, and just told me "it's directed by Bret Ratner" and that would suffice.

    3 months agoby @renodcFlag

  6. JonSpidey07

    oh Alan Moore, how we love your opinions
    he had a hard enough time criticizing the 'Watchmen' movie but whatever

    3 months agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  7. Dominick Mezzapesa

    Sorry, he signed a contract. It amazes me people don't read what they are signing and then cry when they ultimately don't get what they wanted.

    Heres the problem I have. If the studio does hand over 15k it will set them up for other writers, authors to say "Well you did it for this guy why not me?" So I can see their point about not handing over the 15k yes it's not much but then you open pandora's box.

    Sorry, but I will go see it

    3 months agoby @Dominick-MezzapesaFlag

  8. Writer220

    Signing a contract without reading it is bad business,I always read them before hand. As of Alan Moore he's an idiot but a good comic book writer.

    We all ready know what Hollywood does, authors get the same treatment as well. No pay, no respect. The only way around it is to tell them to write a new contract that states that the author must be a part of the film process, acting or writing. But an untimely death nulls any contract.

    3 months agoby @writer220Flag

  9. Wes Blackwood

    IF the company did not have the right to put his name on it, Scott's family should sue.

    And it's a shame someone else couldn't have put this out there. Alan Moore has fewer peers as a comic writer than I can count on one hand, but his pretentiousness and opinionated nature will likely do more harm than good. Folks will just say, "oh what's this jackass on about again?"

    A shame he hasn't seen his own movies; I think he avoids them so he doesn't have to admit they're good. He needs to wrangle up an open mind and some courage and bite the bullet on that one.

    3 months agoby @Wes-BlackwoodFlag

  10. Troy Adamson

    I won't pay to see it...I'll just DL it from one of the many torrent sites that will have it. See? The best for everyone involved.

    3 months agoby @Troy-AdamsonFlag

  11. This only makes me want to see it more now.

    3 months agoby @profile-64280146Flag

  12. TheArrow

    Alan Moore bitches too much. He writes great stories, but he's very pretentious and annoying otherwise.

    3 months agoby @pdubzFlag

  13. ObiWanShinobi

    He boycotts everything.

    3 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  14. ejk1

    Regarding Steve Moore, too bad, so not sad. You sign a contract, you make sure you have a copy of what you signed. He said he "dug out" a contract, meaning he had a copy but didn't pay any attention to it. Like Alan Moore and many others, Steve didn't pay attention to what he signed, allegedly received a different contract than what he signed, and didn't immediately notice it until it was virtually unprovable. He had no one to blame but himself.

    3 months agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. TheDude1

    First off, boycotts rarely work. Secondly, The Rock wears a Lion's head in the movie. I'm already in the theater after seeing that.

    3 months agoby @thedude1Flag