Artist Dave Gibbons has revealed that he and writer Alan Moore had originally planned to do a lighter series in the DC Universe following their work on the highly-revered Watchmen story. Speaking to ComicBook.com, Gibbons was addressing the bleaker storytelling tones in both comics and film today, and highlighted that both creatives wanted to tell uplifting stories just as much as they did grittier ones in the wake of their 1986 epic.
“Well the way, I mean, the way I understand it is that somehow Watchmen are being blamed for the darkness of the DC Universe, and somehow this latest story thing that DC are doing is a way that the DC Universe breaks free of the lying influence of the Watchmen characters,” he said regarding Watchmen and the dark legacy that followed.
“It was the fact that American writers adopted a particular take, that Alan and I took on superheroes,” Gibbons said. “It’s the blame there, and certainly, we were never saying that this is how superhero comics should be done. In fact, the next thing we would’ve done after Watchmen would’ve been something like Captain Marvel, you know, something really light and mythical.”
Captain Marvel was created in 1939 by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck and revolved around a young boy, Billy Batson, who was able to magically transform into the superhero known as Shazam.
“… I think that the sort of thing that’s popular nowadays is something that’s a bit lighter in tone, that’s a bit more adventurous and a bit more colorful,” Gibbons said. “And I think of things for instance like, The Guardians of the Galaxy or the new Thor movie, or indeed, Kingsman.”
Gibbons admitted that after Watchmen he looked forward to material that wasn’t overly grim, highlighting how dark the Batman vs. Superman movie was as opposed to his World’s Finest, which he believes had more light to it as Superman and Batman took on Lex Luthor and Joker.
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