Ponder if you will on this for a moment without any prejudice of the 2003 disaster of a movie.
A sort of, shall we say, a knock-off “superhero” team of peculiarly extraordinary figures all gathered from fabrics of the most famous adventure in their our literature times! Included in the ranks of its own MIA type team is Alan Quartermain, vampiress Mina Harker from Dracula, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, an American secret service agent named Sawyer, Captain Nemo, and Dorian Gray. They are called in the name of duty to stop a very intelligent and cunning villain intent on turning the nations of the world against one another.
Does that not really sound pretty kick ass in the minds-eye?!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is an American comic book (ABC) title which began its first volume in 1999. The series spans two six-issue limited series and a graphic novel called The Black Dossier, also from the ABC imprint of Wildstorm/DC. After arguments between DC and Alan Moore, a third miniseries and a graphic novel where later published by Top Shelf and Knockabout Comics.
According to creator Alan Moore, the concept behind the series was initially a
“Justice League of Victorian England”
but quickly grew into an opportunity to merge many different classic works of fiction into one very mysterious steampunk type of world. The concept was just plain and ingenious from the start and all of it came from the mind of Alan Moore.
It’s just too bad most people only remember how elements of Volume I were used in the loosely adapted feature film of the same name, released in 2003 starring Sean Connery who plays Alan Quatermain. The film also features Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Rodney Skinner aka An Invisible Man (the rights could not be secured to The Invisible Man), Dr. Jekyll and Edward Hyde, Dorian Gray, and U.S. Secret Service agent Tom Sawyer (Gray and Sawyer were not in the comics, although a painting of a young man holding a cane with “Dorian Gray” printed under it appears on the cover of Volume I).
Let’s not sugar coat it……LXG the 2003 movie SUCKED!! Even with star power and lots of money tossed at the movie for CGI, it was all done at a time when superhero and comic book movies where not being filmed with serious backbone to support such fantasy films. As much as I really want to like LXG the film because I had every single comic book leading up to it, it was just not meant to be. The overacting and over the top non-realistic action had a devastating effect on the film and almost on Sean Connery’s career itself. When I say ‘non-realistic action’, even for a comic book movie that comment almost seems asinine. But if you really look at major action and fight scenes from the 2003 LXG film to the first Avengers movie or Batman The Dark Knight then I think you see what I am getting at. Even when things are completely out of the world, Avengers made you feel like it could still really happen in today’s world. LXG failed in all regards and aspects of trying to do that which ultimately made the film seem silly to take the characters and the actors efforts seriously.
Now that Fox seemingly has canceled ordering a pilot for the television version of LoEG in its attempts to move it to the small screen we now get this reboot. 20th Century Fox has announced that a reboot/remake of the film is being developed with no further details given. I honestly do hope they move on from the original concept of the failed movie plot and start the story from one of the following volumes of the comic book. After seeing it’s failures with Spider-Man and Fantastic Four I do hope Fox does the proper comic to film adaptation of LoEG like they have with the X-Men films. For the most part when LXG the movie came out in 2003 pre-XMen movie day it was just a bad time for comic book movies in general. That’s why this time around I feel this reboot will be far drastically different than its previously failed attempt. PopcultHQ will have our fans informed once any updates are released or leaked.