I totally understand why Alan Moore would hate the movie industry. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was complete and utter non-sense and Watchmen was so close to the comic, but they still held back and tweaked the story. Which is why when they approached him to buy the rights for Swamp Thing, he probably told them to go fuck themselves.
Its Kinda like when Kevin Smith was hired to write a Superman Movie, no matter what he proposed to the producers they wanted to add this and add that just cause they can, and that is bullshit.
So let them do a "Saga of Swamp Thing" movie with Alan Moore having writing/creative control over everything....Why? Ill tell you why!!
SWAMP THING HAS A BACKSTORY THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
In earlier versions of Swamp Thing it was the classic jab at the creation of a hero. Our hero scientist gets soaked with some of his home made gooey gooey goodness trying to save the heroin (a girl, not a stash of drugs. This isn't the Silverage Flash we are talking about), catches on fire, and then in an attempt to put himself out he throws himself into the surrounding swamp. Thought of as dead by the bad guys he awakens as some sort of human/plant hybrid..... kinda like a positive version of the Joker in the original BATMAN movie.
But see, in Alan Moores' version of the Swamp Thing its actually the plant life itself that absorbed Alec Holland's (the scientist) consciousness and memories, then Swamp Thing's appearance in man-shape was the plants' attempt to duplicate Holland's human form.... and it goes deeper. Later they find out that not only could their have been more Swamp Things throughout generations, this plant with mortal memories and feelings is given reign as the protector of the planet. It draws in this whole story about this earth spirit collective also known as "the Green" that connects all plant life on Earth. I talking this shit gets interesting... but hey, thats just the Hero....
THE VILLAIN IS A MAD SCIENTIST WHO READ "THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU" WAY WAY TO MANY TIMES.
Think if you took Dr. Herbert West (Re-Animator) and gave him the personality of the perfect bond villain: His name is Anton Arcane, and he wants to out live everyone.
Oh, did I mention he has an army of "Un-Men" that are made of of his dastardly genetic experiments, and he also happens to know magic? Oh I didn't...well now you know! I mean, I could go on and on about how he has been switched from body to body, gone to hell, came back, sent back to hell by God himself, and then returned again to be apart of the new 52 villains..... but there is no need. Think of Anton Arcane as the "Ultron" of horror comic villains, and would be badass even if they recast this guy from the original movie.
THERE WILL FINALLY BE A HERO THAT CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
I am not saying that most heroes do not give a rats ass about the environment or the impacts they have on them.... but I totally am. I mean, have you ever stopped to think about the damage done to the environment during just one Superman battle? It is tremendous! So, by putting a hero like Swamp Thing on the silver screen not only would it be a positive change, it also would put an empathetic face on the Earth we live. Think about how much we want these movies to affect kids in a positive way. If you really wanna get deep here is what Plato had to say about the way the stories we tell and their affects on the youth:
We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
So if you look at it that way, all the superhero movies we have seen in recent years say "Hey, be sure to vanquish evil, look good, and fuck the environment. Leave it for the other pussies to clean it up." I am not saying this to be mean, but I have yet to see one Superhero stay to help clean up. I mean it would have been nice to have a line in at least one of the connected Avenger(s) movies where someone asks where, lets say "Captain America", is and someone answers that he is out organizing a soup kitchen for the large amount of now homeless New Yorker's living through the aftermath of Loki's temper tantrum. Honestly, they send Loki off the fucking planet.... Why not make HIM CLEAN UP HIS MESS!!??!? Because cinemaphiles, thats not what those Superhero movies normally include.... but this one could! Hell. even more, it could address real world issues like Fracking, Oil Pipelines, Carbon Emissions, Water Pollution, Genetic Manipulation of Food Resources....the list goes on!
HIS POWER IS ALMOST LIMITLESS, BUT HE HAS JUST A BIT OF A IDENTITY COMPLEX
Like I mentioned earlier, Swamp Thing is a plant who thinks he is a man and that makes things complicated. But it also adds a little more complexity to the movie like it did the comic. Like back when he was first figuring things out he sometimes let his emotions get the best of him.
Yeah, thats a run where he "just thought" Abby (his lover/possible anti-christ) fled to Gotham city and was in danger. Batman couldn't even do anything.... Let me say that again... BATMAN. COULD. NOT. DO. A. DAMN. THING. Can you believe that? All he could do was wait it out, then at the end...
deliver an empty threat.... do you see that smirk on Swamp Things face? Superman wouldn't even dare do that shit, "Yeah, sure ya will little buddy, now go play with your toys." - But I digress, because just like the Bat it is a challenge to keep a lid on that much badass. He is god-like as the Avatar of the earth, not only can he communicate, control, and summon plant life he also has magical capabilities. Swamp Thing is even the first comic to have an appearance of John Constantine (Click here to view my thoughts on his new TV show) which is a wonderful character. You could say Constantine is Swamp Things only true friend left in the human world- again I am sorry for the digression. My point is, his powers maybe earthly but they are and can be devastating, just like nature, he is a force to be reckoned with.... but unlike nature, he has a conscience. That conflict alone makes him great.
In conclusion, Swamp Thing was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I really hope Alan Moore will be trusted by some producer at some point in time that will let him show us his story on the silver screen. Until then Alan, I say keep it.... or fuck it, its 2014, crowd-fund that bitch!
Oh and I almost forgot about the time he did this, which to me should be a reason by itself: