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Gibbons On Guard

So Gibbons is talking about the Watchmen movie yet again, and why not? Every interview the famed illustrator gives from now until the film’s release will include at least a few film related questions.

And based on his unenthusiastic response to the umpteenth time he's been asked, “Hey Dave, is it gonna be good?” some folks are saying he’s being “cautiously optimistic.”

Maybe he’s tired of being asked the same question over and over again, or perhaps he’s had time to calm down since the set visit that had him gushing.

In a recent chat with Den of Geek, Gibbons said of the film, “From what I’ve seen of it, I think it is going to be a good movie, and I think it’s going to be as faithful to the original graphic novel as is possible, given the constraints of a movie and the nature of a graphic novel.”

He also stated that from what he had seen the movie will be “very faithful to the comic book” and that the filmmakers are “using the graphic novel as their bible” and that if film ended up being bad, “it won’t be for want of trying.”

Gibbons also commented on Watchmen writer Alan Moore’s decision to disassociate himself with the movie saying that he and the filmmakers respect Moore’s “right to not have his name on the movie if he doesn’t want to.”

He continued, “I’m happy to have my name on; Alan and I, although we’re friends - and I really hope that throughout all this that we remain friends – we are two different people; we have our own experiences, and we each have a different position.”

In a 2006 interview with Comic World News, Gibbons discussed another time he and Alan Moore shared different positions — this time with DC comics over Watchmen royalties. When asked why Gibbons “sat on the fence” while Moore fought DC about the matter, Gibbons explained, “the opposite was actually the case. Alan said, ‘You sort it out, I can’t be bothered…’”

The disagreement, which involved royalties not paid to them for the smiley face buttons that DC sold as promotional items, was resolved after Gibbons and a DC rep “discussed it at length.” Gibbons said that Moore’s “parting of the ways with DC involved a lot of other matters.

So, understanding this relationship a little better, is Gibbons being “cautiously optimistic” when he tones down his enthusiasm about the movie, or is he just trying to walk that fine line between a twenty plus year friendship with Moore and a amicable working relationship with Warner Brothers, the parent company of DC Comics? I think it’s more of the latter — or perhaps I’m just being recklessly optimistic.

5.29.08 Source: Den of Geek, Comic World News

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